Rye Hill Road: Objections to planning application due to concerns over great crested newts

News / Sat 15th Jan 2022 am31 10:50am

AN object to a planning application in Rye Hill Road has been made due to concerns over wildlife.

The current application seeks permission for a 5-bedroom 1.5 storey dwelling house with a detached double garage.

The new residential plot measures about 43m by 45m (excluding the driveway), and the existing property would remain with a curtilage of about 58m by 40m. The proposed property would position roughly in the middle of the new plot, with an orientation parallel to the existing house. 

A driveway would be taken from Rye Hill Road running along the northern boundary. An entrance gate would be placed on the driveway and 5m away from the highway.

A number of objections have been made including the following.

“To the best of my knowledge there has been for many many years a family of great crested newts. There are 3 ponds in the garden. One natural where they live. They are protected . The garden has a natural sump, at the bottom of the garden for drainage.

“There are many birds including Owls that live in the trees . It’s in green belt and so close to the nature reserve where wild animals roam. There’s enough planning and building in Harlow. And rye hill road is so beautiful and should remain so. For many years to come I object for a number of reasons, one we’ve not had any conversation about this building works or been Informed,

“The land in question has a pond with protected great crested newts in and other wildlife and trees. I’d like the boundary line checked.”

The full application can be seen below.


The application is in the agenda for the meeting set for Wednesday January 20th, 2022 at 7.30pm

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