Rayleigh homes battle set for High Court

Battle ready – Linda Kendall will be in court tomorrow

Battle ready – Linda Kendall will be in court tomorrow

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A CAMPAIGNER has won her first High Court battle to try to stop Rochford District Council pushing ahead with plans to build more than 1,000 homes.

Linda Kendall, chairman of the Rayleigh Action Group, is challenging the council over plans to build 550 homes on green belt land in Rayleigh, and a further 500 in Hullbridge, by 2021.

She has enlisted the help of Cambridge-based solicitors, who are experts in environmental and public law, and will face the council in the High Court tomorrow.

The council had tried to halt the case before it got to court by removing a protective costs order, which would have meant Ms Kendall would have been liable for the council’s legal costs should she lose.

Two weeks ago, a judge granted the removal of the order, but Ms Kendall challenged the ruling and was successful in overturning the decision last Wednesday.

She said: “It was very nerve-wracking. The council’s sole objective was to bankrupt me.

“If the order had been removed, I would have had to drop the case – I’m already having to pay a significant amount for my own costs.

“We went to the top High Court judge on planning and, after eight-and-a-half hours, they sided with us.”

The protective costs order is now in place, meaning, should Ms Kendall lose her case, she would be liable for her own costs and just £5,000 of the council’s.

It has previously been reported Ms Kendall needed in the region of £40,000 to fund her challenge and she has been trying to raise money from members of Rayleigh Action Group and the Hullbridge Residents’ Action Group.

Brian Carleton, chairman of the Hullbridge group, is a former chartered surveyor and has been supporting Ms Kendall’s case.

He said: “It is absolutely brilliant news. I am over the moon.”

A spokesman for Rochford District Council said: “The substantive matter remains before the court and until the case is determined the council is not able to comment.”

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7:05am Tue 17 Jun 14

VeteranOfMany says...

Good luck, as if by chance the housing estates aren't built, there will be a lot of unhappy developers about, pondering, the future...
Good luck, as if by chance the housing estates aren't built, there will be a lot of unhappy developers about, pondering, the future... VeteranOfMany
  • Score: 8

7:20am Tue 17 Jun 14

CarnMountification says...

The Government has directed that these new builds are of utmost importance, and as such the judges hands are tied, looking forward to the sounds of trundling lorries and cement mixers, a new world will soon be upon us...
The Government has directed that these new builds are of utmost importance, and as such the judges hands are tied, looking forward to the sounds of trundling lorries and cement mixers, a new world will soon be upon us... CarnMountification
  • Score: -10

7:33am Tue 17 Jun 14

Eric the Red says...

CarnMountification wrote:
The Government has directed that these new builds are of utmost importance, and as such the judges hands are tied, looking forward to the sounds of trundling lorries and cement mixers, a new world will soon be upon us...
The same government that lets hundreds of thousands of people into the country every year, and encourages breeding with our over-generous benefits system?
[quote][p][bold]CarnMountification[/bold] wrote: The Government has directed that these new builds are of utmost importance, and as such the judges hands are tied, looking forward to the sounds of trundling lorries and cement mixers, a new world will soon be upon us...[/p][/quote]The same government that lets hundreds of thousands of people into the country every year, and encourages breeding with our over-generous benefits system? Eric the Red
  • Score: 16

7:58am Tue 17 Jun 14

pembury53 says...

Eric the Red wrote:
CarnMountification wrote: The Government has directed that these new builds are of utmost importance, and as such the judges hands are tied, looking forward to the sounds of trundling lorries and cement mixers, a new world will soon be upon us...
The same government that lets hundreds of thousands of people into the country every year, and encourages breeding with our over-generous benefits system?
the very same, but do you blame them, who will pay no price for their folly, or the idiots that keep voting for it ?
[quote][p][bold]Eric the Red[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]CarnMountification[/bold] wrote: The Government has directed that these new builds are of utmost importance, and as such the judges hands are tied, looking forward to the sounds of trundling lorries and cement mixers, a new world will soon be upon us...[/p][/quote]The same government that lets hundreds of thousands of people into the country every year, and encourages breeding with our over-generous benefits system?[/p][/quote]the very same, but do you blame them, who will pay no price for their folly, or the idiots that keep voting for it ? pembury53
  • Score: 6

8:00am Tue 17 Jun 14

poortaxpayer says...

With 250,000 foreigners applying for British citizenship every year where exactly do we expect them ll to live?
With 250,000 foreigners applying for British citizenship every year where exactly do we expect them ll to live? poortaxpayer
  • Score: 10

8:17am Tue 17 Jun 14

CarnMountification says...

RAG, Rayleigh Action Group, will soon be joined with SLAG, Supporters Linked and Gagged, whose sister group SHYTE Supporting Housing you Thankless errant.
RAG, Rayleigh Action Group, will soon be joined with SLAG, Supporters Linked and Gagged, whose sister group SHYTE Supporting Housing you Thankless errant. CarnMountification
  • Score: 1

8:36am Tue 17 Jun 14

rayleighrunner says...

Good luck Linda. You've got a hell of a lot of support from Rayleigh residents! You've worked so hard to get this far and we appreciate every effort you've made. Remember.....thousan
ds of us signed your petition - we are the thousands who support you!
Good luck Linda. You've got a hell of a lot of support from Rayleigh residents! You've worked so hard to get this far and we appreciate every effort you've made. Remember.....thousan ds of us signed your petition - we are the thousands who support you! rayleighrunner
  • Score: 19

9:06am Tue 17 Jun 14

tugboatsr says...

Sorry to tell you all but there is in fact NO greenbelt land in the county of Essex so basically no of us have a chance o stop local and parish councils from building what ever they like !!!! oh and changing any orders that they put on the land
Sorry to tell you all but there is in fact NO greenbelt land in the county of Essex so basically no of us have a chance o stop local and parish councils from building what ever they like !!!! oh and changing any orders that they put on the land tugboatsr
  • Score: -6

9:14am Tue 17 Jun 14

Happy Chickie says...

rayleighrunner wrote:
Good luck Linda. You've got a hell of a lot of support from Rayleigh residents! You've worked so hard to get this far and we appreciate every effort you've made. Remember.....thousan

ds of us signed your petition - we are the thousands who support you!
And hopefully you are also helping pays some of the costs?
[quote][p][bold]rayleighrunner[/bold] wrote: Good luck Linda. You've got a hell of a lot of support from Rayleigh residents! You've worked so hard to get this far and we appreciate every effort you've made. Remember.....thousan ds of us signed your petition - we are the thousands who support you![/p][/quote]And hopefully you are also helping pays some of the costs? Happy Chickie
  • Score: 2

9:33am Tue 17 Jun 14

pembury53 says...

tugboatsr wrote:
Sorry to tell you all but there is in fact NO greenbelt land in the county of Essex so basically no of us have a chance o stop local and parish councils from building what ever they like !!!! oh and changing any orders that they put on the land
more or less right, although there is 'green belt' its just that it enjoys no special protection from development.........
. as our population soars relentlessly towards 70M and on, it will all be built on, eventually...... just a few council parks and green spaces will remain, tiny oasis, amidst a sea of concrete, congestion, and misery...... welcome to the future, in the mostly densely populated country in the western world.....
[quote][p][bold]tugboatsr[/bold] wrote: Sorry to tell you all but there is in fact NO greenbelt land in the county of Essex so basically no of us have a chance o stop local and parish councils from building what ever they like !!!! oh and changing any orders that they put on the land[/p][/quote]more or less right, although there is 'green belt' its just that it enjoys no special protection from development......... . as our population soars relentlessly towards 70M and on, it will all be built on, eventually...... just a few council parks and green spaces will remain, tiny oasis, amidst a sea of concrete, congestion, and misery...... welcome to the future, in the mostly densely populated country in the western world..... pembury53
  • Score: 9

10:43am Tue 17 Jun 14

Happy Chickie says...

pembury53 wrote:
tugboatsr wrote:
Sorry to tell you all but there is in fact NO greenbelt land in the county of Essex so basically no of us have a chance o stop local and parish councils from building what ever they like !!!! oh and changing any orders that they put on the land
more or less right, although there is 'green belt' its just that it enjoys no special protection from development.........

. as our population soars relentlessly towards 70M and on, it will all be built on, eventually...... just a few council parks and green spaces will remain, tiny oasis, amidst a sea of concrete, congestion, and misery...... welcome to the future, in the mostly densely populated country in the western world.....
I think the only thing you will see that won't have houses/flats built on it are council CAR parks.
[quote][p][bold]pembury53[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]tugboatsr[/bold] wrote: Sorry to tell you all but there is in fact NO greenbelt land in the county of Essex so basically no of us have a chance o stop local and parish councils from building what ever they like !!!! oh and changing any orders that they put on the land[/p][/quote]more or less right, although there is 'green belt' its just that it enjoys no special protection from development......... . as our population soars relentlessly towards 70M and on, it will all be built on, eventually...... just a few council parks and green spaces will remain, tiny oasis, amidst a sea of concrete, congestion, and misery...... welcome to the future, in the mostly densely populated country in the western world.....[/p][/quote]I think the only thing you will see that won't have houses/flats built on it are council CAR parks. Happy Chickie
  • Score: 1

11:26am Tue 17 Jun 14

rayleighrunner says...

Happy Chickie wrote:
rayleighrunner wrote:
Good luck Linda. You've got a hell of a lot of support from Rayleigh residents! You've worked so hard to get this far and we appreciate every effort you've made. Remember.....thousan


ds of us signed your petition - we are the thousands who support you!
And hopefully you are also helping pays some of the costs?
As a matter of fact my wife and I have both donated money to RAG. Wasn't really any need for that sort of reply - I was simply wishing her luck in the high court, which I would imagine, will be a rather daunting experience.
[quote][p][bold]Happy Chickie[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]rayleighrunner[/bold] wrote: Good luck Linda. You've got a hell of a lot of support from Rayleigh residents! You've worked so hard to get this far and we appreciate every effort you've made. Remember.....thousan ds of us signed your petition - we are the thousands who support you![/p][/quote]And hopefully you are also helping pays some of the costs?[/p][/quote]As a matter of fact my wife and I have both donated money to RAG. Wasn't really any need for that sort of reply - I was simply wishing her luck in the high court, which I would imagine, will be a rather daunting experience. rayleighrunner
  • Score: 12

12:31pm Tue 17 Jun 14

Happy Chickie says...

rayleighrunner wrote:
Happy Chickie wrote:
rayleighrunner wrote:
Good luck Linda. You've got a hell of a lot of support from Rayleigh residents! You've worked so hard to get this far and we appreciate every effort you've made. Remember.....thousan



ds of us signed your petition - we are the thousands who support you!
And hopefully you are also helping pays some of the costs?
As a matter of fact my wife and I have both donated money to RAG. Wasn't really any need for that sort of reply - I was simply wishing her luck in the high court, which I would imagine, will be a rather daunting experience.
It wasn't meant to be malicious.
[quote][p][bold]rayleighrunner[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Happy Chickie[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]rayleighrunner[/bold] wrote: Good luck Linda. You've got a hell of a lot of support from Rayleigh residents! You've worked so hard to get this far and we appreciate every effort you've made. Remember.....thousan ds of us signed your petition - we are the thousands who support you![/p][/quote]And hopefully you are also helping pays some of the costs?[/p][/quote]As a matter of fact my wife and I have both donated money to RAG. Wasn't really any need for that sort of reply - I was simply wishing her luck in the high court, which I would imagine, will be a rather daunting experience.[/p][/quote]It wasn't meant to be malicious. Happy Chickie
  • Score: -3

1:59pm Tue 17 Jun 14

Living the La Vida Legra says...

A fool and her money is easly parted.
A fool and her money is easly parted. Living the La Vida Legra
  • Score: -9

2:13pm Tue 17 Jun 14

Sensible Man says...

Good Luck Rayleigh Action Group!!!

Have you heard from our elected representative Mr. Francois? I hope that he is supporting you 100% in your fight against these disgusting plans?

By the way - I think that at least 3 of the pro-shoebox posts above are written by the same person using different IDs - either that or there are an awful lot of people out there who have no idea on the correct use - or should I say overuse - of commas.

The government need to stop all immigration and discourage large families by a complete overhaul of the benefits system- then there will be no need for all this ridiculous overdevelopment. Solve the causes and there will be no problem - stop immigration and discourage crazy generous benefits for large families. Come on Cameron!!! Get a grip!!! Save Englands green and pleasant land.

Perhaps Mr. Francois could come on here and give us his views?

SAVE OUR GREEN FIELDS!!!
Good Luck Rayleigh Action Group!!! Have you heard from our elected representative Mr. Francois? I hope that he is supporting you 100% in your fight against these disgusting plans? By the way - I think that at least 3 of the pro-shoebox posts above are written by the same person using different IDs - either that or there are an awful lot of people out there who have no idea on the correct use - or should I say overuse - of commas. The government need to stop all immigration and discourage large families by a complete overhaul of the benefits system- then there will be no need for all this ridiculous overdevelopment. Solve the causes and there will be no problem - stop immigration and discourage crazy generous benefits for large families. Come on Cameron!!! Get a grip!!! Save Englands green and pleasant land. Perhaps Mr. Francois could come on here and give us his views? SAVE OUR GREEN FIELDS!!! Sensible Man
  • Score: 8

2:39pm Tue 17 Jun 14

dhd says...

Sensible Man wrote:
Good Luck Rayleigh Action Group!!!

Have you heard from our elected representative Mr. Francois? I hope that he is supporting you 100% in your fight against these disgusting plans?

By the way - I think that at least 3 of the pro-shoebox posts above are written by the same person using different IDs - either that or there are an awful lot of people out there who have no idea on the correct use - or should I say overuse - of commas.

The government need to stop all immigration and discourage large families by a complete overhaul of the benefits system- then there will be no need for all this ridiculous overdevelopment. Solve the causes and there will be no problem - stop immigration and discourage crazy generous benefits for large families. Come on Cameron!!! Get a grip!!! Save Englands green and pleasant land.

Perhaps Mr. Francois could come on here and give us his views?

SAVE OUR GREEN FIELDS!!!
I agree, but you must be living in cloud cuckoo land if you think Francois actually cares about his constituents and our green fields.
[quote][p][bold]Sensible Man[/bold] wrote: Good Luck Rayleigh Action Group!!! Have you heard from our elected representative Mr. Francois? I hope that he is supporting you 100% in your fight against these disgusting plans? By the way - I think that at least 3 of the pro-shoebox posts above are written by the same person using different IDs - either that or there are an awful lot of people out there who have no idea on the correct use - or should I say overuse - of commas. The government need to stop all immigration and discourage large families by a complete overhaul of the benefits system- then there will be no need for all this ridiculous overdevelopment. Solve the causes and there will be no problem - stop immigration and discourage crazy generous benefits for large families. Come on Cameron!!! Get a grip!!! Save Englands green and pleasant land. Perhaps Mr. Francois could come on here and give us his views? SAVE OUR GREEN FIELDS!!![/p][/quote]I agree, but you must be living in cloud cuckoo land if you think Francois actually cares about his constituents and our green fields. dhd
  • Score: 4

4:15pm Tue 17 Jun 14

MediaSpesh says...

Our good old local estate agent (&others) going under false ID's again.. when will he/they ever learn..
Good luck with this, RDC & the majority of its councilors (cons.) are a farce.
Roll on the next local elections!
Our good old local estate agent (&others) going under false ID's again.. when will he/they ever learn.. Good luck with this, RDC & the majority of its councilors (cons.) are a farce. Roll on the next local elections! MediaSpesh
  • Score: 0

6:59pm Tue 17 Jun 14

jolllyboy says...

Trying to stop the case by monetary means only and not the bones of the case may be legal but it is undemocratic, underhand and not worthy if they really believe their cause is right - so good on you lady. i dont live in Rayleigh but I am one of many I am sure who are fed up with how councils run rough shod over people.
Trying to stop the case by monetary means only and not the bones of the case may be legal but it is undemocratic, underhand and not worthy if they really believe their cause is right - so good on you lady. i dont live in Rayleigh but I am one of many I am sure who are fed up with how councils run rough shod over people. jolllyboy
  • Score: 4

10:25pm Tue 17 Jun 14

Sherry@hullbridge says...

dhd wrote:
Sensible Man wrote:
Good Luck Rayleigh Action Group!!!

Have you heard from our elected representative Mr. Francois? I hope that he is supporting you 100% in your fight against these disgusting plans?

By the way - I think that at least 3 of the pro-shoebox posts above are written by the same person using different IDs - either that or there are an awful lot of people out there who have no idea on the correct use - or should I say overuse - of commas.

The government need to stop all immigration and discourage large families by a complete overhaul of the benefits system- then there will be no need for all this ridiculous overdevelopment. Solve the causes and there will be no problem - stop immigration and discourage crazy generous benefits for large families. Come on Cameron!!! Get a grip!!! Save Englands green and pleasant land.

Perhaps Mr. Francois could come on here and give us his views?

SAVE OUR GREEN FIELDS!!!
I agree, but you must be living in cloud cuckoo land if you think Francois actually cares about his constituents and our green fields.
Mr Francois?? I am sorry but does not care about Hullbridge or Rayleigh. He only cares about these towns/villages when it comes to elections. I believe it was at the last election when we were honoured with his presence and he informed the Hullbridge action group that he would do all he could to speak to the relevant parties about stopping / amending development plans. Has anything happened?? Yes Mr. Francois has a lovely job working in defence!!! I hope everyone remembers this next year!!!! Good luck Linda in the fight against RDC!!
[quote][p][bold]dhd[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Sensible Man[/bold] wrote: Good Luck Rayleigh Action Group!!! Have you heard from our elected representative Mr. Francois? I hope that he is supporting you 100% in your fight against these disgusting plans? By the way - I think that at least 3 of the pro-shoebox posts above are written by the same person using different IDs - either that or there are an awful lot of people out there who have no idea on the correct use - or should I say overuse - of commas. The government need to stop all immigration and discourage large families by a complete overhaul of the benefits system- then there will be no need for all this ridiculous overdevelopment. Solve the causes and there will be no problem - stop immigration and discourage crazy generous benefits for large families. Come on Cameron!!! Get a grip!!! Save Englands green and pleasant land. Perhaps Mr. Francois could come on here and give us his views? SAVE OUR GREEN FIELDS!!![/p][/quote]I agree, but you must be living in cloud cuckoo land if you think Francois actually cares about his constituents and our green fields.[/p][/quote]Mr Francois?? I am sorry but does not care about Hullbridge or Rayleigh. He only cares about these towns/villages when it comes to elections. I believe it was at the last election when we were honoured with his presence and he informed the Hullbridge action group that he would do all he could to speak to the relevant parties about stopping / amending development plans. Has anything happened?? Yes Mr. Francois has a lovely job working in defence!!! I hope everyone remembers this next year!!!! Good luck Linda in the fight against RDC!! Sherry@hullbridge
  • Score: 4

12:49pm Wed 18 Jun 14

Seasider90 says...

Amazing how the keyboard warriors snipe hidden behind their screens. I'll say this for Linda she has the guts to stand up and be counted. The cowards making negative comments very brave. Wouldn't have the backbone to make the comments in public. Well done Linda - you speak for the people of Rayleigh and not the corrupt council. And as for the Tories. You're a disgrace and its one reason why UKIP kicked out many councillors and will do so in the next elections.
Amazing how the keyboard warriors snipe hidden behind their screens. I'll say this for Linda she has the guts to stand up and be counted. The cowards making negative comments very brave. Wouldn't have the backbone to make the comments in public. Well done Linda - you speak for the people of Rayleigh and not the corrupt council. And as for the Tories. You're a disgrace and its one reason why UKIP kicked out many councillors and will do so in the next elections. Seasider90
  • Score: 4

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