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Rayleigh Residents – Say NO!


Objection to the outline planning permission application

Objection to Outline Planning Application

5th August 2014 – High Court

TUESDAY 5TH AUGUST 2014 Court 1 Mr Justice Lindblom Royal Courts of Justice The Strand London Case is Linda Kendall v Rochford District Council and the Secretary of State for

How to donate to Rayleigh Action Group

You can donate in one of  many ways. Via your bank into Rayleigh Action Group Bank account  Sort Code 30 -96-94 Account 22329568 by Cheque made payable to Rayleigh Action

RAG in the media

Please see here for the BBC’s report on Linda and the fight against the developments http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-essex-27884934

Updated message to our supporters

We-need-your-help11We have now been joined by the Hullbridge Residents Action Group with the aim to attempt to stop the loss of our Greenbelt around our area to massive building plans and the imposition of a huge Traveller site on the entrance to Rayleigh.

Remember RDC are planning over 1379 houses between Rayleigh and Hullbridge, a huge 15-22 Pitch Traveller site and a heavy industrial site right on the entrance to our town. The second industrial site planned for the London Road remains in their Core Strategy but is currently on the back burner.  Rayleigh Town Sports and Social Club have been confirmed in the Local Development Allocation Document ratified by RDC on the 25th February 2014 to be subject to removal to another site.  No alternative decision has been made in Council despite flyers to the contrary from the ruling party majority on the Council.  There are no plans for new roads, schools, flood or sewage upgrade etc etc.

Of the 5067 residents of Rayleigh who signed our objection (petition)  93% claim to have known nothing about these proposals.  Due to this apparent failure of Rochford District Council to adequately inform the residents we are presently engaged in a High Court battle to try to get a rethink of these proposals.  It is a very hard task and we have worked tirelessly to try to achieve that aim.  WE CANNOT PROMISE TO STOP THESE APPALLING PLANS BUT WE ARE TRYING.

In an attempt to stop this action Rochford District Council were in the High Court on Wednesday 11th June 2014 trying to stop the provision of a Protected Cost Order that would have served to possibly bankrupt the Claimant in this case Linda Kendall. Linda Kendall is a Rayleigh retired 66 year old widowed grandmother who is pledging funds from her limited pension provision to guarantee the legal costs of this action.

We are now asking all of our supporters to consider a donation towards the possible £50,000 legal costs she will have to fund.  Any amount will be gratefully received.  A list of donors can be seen here.


For those of you that have already donated to our fund please accept our grateful thanks.


You can donate in one of  many ways.

  • Via your bank into Rayleigh Action Group Bank account  Sort Code 30 -96-94 Account 22329568
  • by Cheque made to Rayleigh Action Group  sent to   c/o  4 Lubbards Close Rayleigh Essex SS6 9PY
  •  or by  Paypal  - Click on the donate button at the bottom of the page or top right page – You don’t need a PayPal account to donate

Legal challenge

We are receiving many queries regarding the outcome of the legal challenge to the Rochford District plans which will lead to the building on the ‘greenbelt’ farmland between London Road and Rawreth Lane. A decision was expected imminently but we now understand we must wait until mid-December before any Judgement will be handed down by the High Court. As soon as it is available our supporters will be advised immediately.

Meanwhile please accept our thanks for the continuing support for our fund-raising appeal towards the massive £50,000 legal bill faced by our Chairman Linda Kendall. Thanks also to those permitting the siting of our current posters on their properties and the businesses helping us in this exercise. They are very effectively spreading our message to everyone that passes through our district.

RAYLEIGH, RAWRETH AND HULLBRIDGE RESIDENTS DO NOT WANT THE HUGE HOUSING ESTATES (CURRENT FIGURE is 1379 HOUSES), INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT AND 22 PITCH (will accommodate 44 CARAVANS) TRAVELLERS SITE ON THE GREENBELT ENTRANCE TO OUR TOWN. We will not have our homes devalued by these flawed proposals. We refuse to be grid-locked on our roads and for many to be subject to fear every time it rains in case flooding occurs. We are the people of this district and demand we are listened to by the organisation that takes our Council Tax to provide us with a SERVICE. We employ these people they are not our masters!! See our 38 degree petition asking David Cameron to intervene. Every local Parish Council, Rayleigh Town Council, over 10,000 people and now (belatedly due to an impending election we suspect) our MP are joining the chorus started by Eric Pickles MP, Minister for Communities and Local Government, in demanding the protection of our greenbelt. Rochford District Councillors must listen.


We currently have a poster campaign to try to keep everyone aware that the Rayleigh Action Group is continuing the fight to protect our neighbourhoods from total urbanisation.

Many thanks to those hosting and fixing the posters and to the very few who have helped in this process. We must thank Gordon Toal for his time and Stevie Turner for siting some of our posters for us. Especial thanks goes to the Annwood Estates team of Jan, Mick and Rob who provided the materials, paid for the prints and labour. Thanks to James for his work and help producing the artwork.

The main object of this campaign is to encourage our residents to object to the first OUTLINE PLANNING PROPOSAL 14/00627/OUT put forward by Countryside Properties for 500 houses off London Road and Rawreth Lane.

Whilst we await Mr Justice Lindbloms decision in the High Court.

We are awaiting Mr Justice Keith Lindblom’s decision on the case against Rochford District Council regarding the alleged failure to truly consult with the residents of Rayleigh, Rawreth and Hullbridge. The case was heard, and concluded on the 3rd October 2014, at the High Court of Justice over an extended period due to RDC’s legal teams personal difficulties and due to the production of a substantial volume of further evidence on the perceived final day of the hearing in June this year. The case concerns the huge programme of developments that RDC have chosen to blight our part of the district with over the next ten years. Those familiar with the details are aware of the inequitable balance of development this particular part of Rochford District is to be subject. Many other areas are virtually untouched by the schemes put forward by RDC Officers and Councillors who appear to have scant connection with our part of the district. Currently the first of these developments on our precious GREENBELT, for 500 houses (read a thousand cars, no upgrade in main drainage or roads), has been presented to RDC in the form of an OUTLINE PLANNING PROPOSAL from Countryside Properties on land off London Road and Rawreth Lane. Countryside Properties have presented this proposal as a company in control of land allegedly owned by three landowners named on the application a Mr. Cottis , a Mr. Levy and the Roman Catholic Doicese Of Brentwood. We would urge every resident across the district to consider objecting to this proposal (every adult member of a family is eligible so multiple objection from each household is possible). The Application can be accessed on RDC website under the Planning Application no. 14/00627/OUT. MAKE SURE YOU DEFAULT FROM THEIR PRE_SET COMMENT OPTION AND GO TO OBJECT TO ENSURE YOUR VOICE IS HEARD. It is not too late.

Linda Kendall in the Echo 13/10/14

Linda Kendall Echo Newspaper

Rayleigh Residents – Say NO!


Car Poster

A4 Poster

Linda Kendall Objection Letter

Linda Kendall Planning Objection

Objection to the outline planning permission application

Objection to Outline Planning Application

A4 Road Traffic Poster

A4 Poster

Rayleigh Action Group on Flooding in Rayleigh