The Hythe End Action Team (HEAT) was formed in early 2006 to ensure that planning decisions prevent the creeping over-industrialisation of Hythe End (the gateway to Wraysbury village) and do not add to the risk of flooding. The common elements with all the issues affecting Hythe End were poor planning decisions and lack of enforcement on illegal developments. Issues being addressed include: The Feathers, Charles Morris, BCP, meadows between Ferry Lane and Hythe End Road, La Garenne/Kotan, Dearsley Estate, Ferry Lane/Colne Way factory units, Dearsley Island and the Car sales/MOT garage.
HEAT has been successful in its actions to preserve the rural environment in Hythe End with the active support of the local residents, borough councillors Colin Rayner (Con) and John Lenton (Con), our MP, Adam Afriyie (Con) and Andrew Davies, Chairman, Wraysbury Parish Council. We also have developed open lines of communication with the RBWM and the Environment Agency.
SUCCESSES TO DATE
•CHARLES MORRIS: CONCRETE CRUSHING STOPPED; LORRY PARK APPLICATION REFUSED; WASTE MANAGEMENT LICENCE INCREASE REFUSED; OTHER ANTI SOCIAL PLANNING APPLICATIONS
BCP: NEW FENCING AND REPLANTING OF THE MEADOW
THE FEATHERS: CHANGE OF USE FOR HOUSING GRANTED AND REDEVELOPMEMT OF THE SITE
MEADOWS: ILLEGAL USAGE AND BUILDING STOPPED
Following extensive consultation by the owners, planners, council and HEAT an application for two detached 3-bed houses with attached garages and a block of four 2-bed flats was submitted. This was APPROVED by the panel in October 2007. This development was completed in April 2009 and a number of units have already been sold.
It has been a long campaign and one that we are very proud to have been involved in and particularly because so many people HEAT, the local residents, parish council, borough councillors and even the planning committee who supported the final application - were involved.
L-R Charles Collins (Chairman of HEAT) Sandra Collins (HEAT committee member) Julia Smith (Local resident) Ken Smith (HEAT committee member)
The residents of Hythe End are delighted that their efforts from a long campaign have been rewarded with such a well developed site that has substantially improved Hythe End
Our sincere thanks to everyone who supported this campaign to improve Hythe End and the entrance to Wraysbury village.
The problems emanating from this site continue to anger the local residents so much so that the residents took direct action when the site owners put forward two further planning applications for the site that would have destroyed the local environment and put the lives of the residents at risk from flooding and dangerous driving around the site entrance.
HEAT successfully stopped the applications as they were withdrawn at the last minute by Charles Morris.
HEAT are now concentrating their efforts in working with a number of to ensure the
Charles Morris Waste management site is fit for purpose in the short term and medium term to find an alternative more appropriate location for this operation and to
restore the land to its former glory. The egress back into the River Thames on the
Lower Thames Strategy – Channel one from Datchet to Hythe End - will be through
the Charles Morris site however this plan is far too long for the residents to wait for to
finally rid the area of this blot on the landscape, if indeed it ever happens; therefore
they will continue their campaign until it’s objectives have been achieved.
1992 - Picture of Charles Morris site prior to removal of trees and other vegetation
2009 - Picture of Charles Morris site September 2009 following systemic destruction
of the environment and that is one of the main reasons why Hythe End is according to
the RBWM’s Local Development Plan listed as degraded and an area for visual improvement. Note how a substantial amount of trees and hedges have been removed
impacting on the wildlife in the area
Since 2004 the RBWM has won two criminal convictions against the company, which has consistently refused to co-operate with the council and neighbours. In April 2008 the old industrial style fence was removed and replaced by wooden post and rail fencing set back from the boundary. Planting has since taken place and a footpath provided. This has been achieved by consistent and persistent pressure from HEAT.
Two meadows were being used illegally as a timber yard and builders' yard. Pressure from HEAT forced the owners to apply for Certificates of Lawful Use which were REFUSED.
The builders' yard appeal was withdrawn and the owner has removed much of the illegal machinery and materials.
The appeal regarding the timber yard went to a public inquiry. The outcome was the granting of a Certificate of Lawful Use for the cutting and storage of wood in specified areas of the southern and western boundaries of the field and a maximum of 10 vehicular movements per week. Burning and chipping is not allowed.
A concrete hardstanding/stable frame was constructed in a third meadow without planning permission. Retrospective permission and subsequent appeal were REFUSED. The concrete base was broken up, but remained in the field until the RBWM removed it; charging the owner.
An application was made to double the number of flats in the block behind the car sales lot and garages and to remove the car sales from the site. This application was successful and the follow up plan was to remove the MOT garage to and to build a tasteful development similar to Old School Court (incorporating the old block of flats which would be part of the new development) but due to the current property market this is now on hold.
HEAT will continue to work with the developers to ensure that local interests are taken into account in particular those closely situated to Dearsley Island.