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Local Plan New and Alternative Sites
An 8 week public consultation commenced on 28 January, running until 24 March 2016 on the first draft of the Local Plan.
In September The Basildon Draft Local Plan Statement of Consultation 2016 was published which summarised the results of the consultation.at this point 1,740 extra houses were proposed for Billericay despite representations from BDRA and others that the infrastructure to support this level of increased housing was not being adequately addressed.
On 29 September the Council’s Cabinet approved a further round of consultation on 17 ‘new’ or ‘alternative’ sites put forward by developers.
For Billericay the new and alternative  sites being considered for potential development within the Local Plan can be seen in detail here
The Council states that comments should be made on the 17 new/alternative sites being promoted and on the cumulative impact of the proposals alongside other proposals set out in the Draft Local Plan. No other comments would be accepted.
BDRA is concerned about the impact of over 1,300 additional new housing and the loss of the wildlife corridor from Mill Meadows eastwards. As a result committee members from BDRA have met with committee members from Billericay Society and Billericay Action group to work together, focussing on the cumulative effect of the housing. We have already been in touch with Cheffins, our planning consultant, so that they are ready to help us write a considered comment to the consultation.

Consultation re domestic waste disposal and recycling
We noted the short consultation window for changes which will affect us all. We hope that many of you have made your feelings felt re  the changes.  There are some issues which will always demand an individual response and if anyone hears of consultations which affect us all then let us know at
resident@bdra.org. As you know our main aim is to signpost residents to where they can make their voice heard.

Meetings in 2017
All committee meetings next year will be held in The Reading Rooms
AGM
Our AGM in 2017 will be on 17th May at Emmanuel Archer Hall, we have yet to confirm a speaker Please put the date in your diary.

Sponsorship
BDRA agreed to sponsor the Christmas Lights again this year as well as the Punch and Judy Show in The Reading Rooms at the Christmas Market.

Also those of you who went to the Remembrance Day service will have seen the BDRA wreath being placed at the War Memorial.

Strategy and Vision
As part of moving forward we will be considering making The Resident available as a download for members. We will also be looking at updating our constitution regarding the quorum for committee meetings so that they are a fraction of the total membership of the committee rather than a set number.

Planning
16/01474/FULL - Installation of sculpture (Billericay Heritage Tree) on flank wall of 2 High Street, we would object to this as the materials used (galvanised steel) were out of keeping with the conservation area.
16/01555/LBBAS - Installation of new signage, shop front cladding and mechanical plant at 1 Chapel Street, we would object to this as it was out of keeping with the conservation area and it’s position was a very well photographed site so needed to be in keeping with the surrounding Tudor-style buildings
16/01458/OUT-Development of 27 dwellings, including 7 affordable homes, with access from Linda Gardens, our West Area Committee has objected to this as it is development on the Green Belt and a designated local green spaces
A document from Churchill Homes was being circulated for 27 new retirement flats on the site of 107 Laindon Road but a planning application has not been submitted yet. When it is the East Area Committee will be looking at it.

Speeding
Two surveys have been carried out (Greens Farm Lane and Queens Park Avenue) and a third one is being planned for Perry Street. The results will tell us which of the 3 sites to focus our efforts on. We noted that the speeding in Stock Road is restricted to the stretch of road between Bush Hall shops and Orchard Avenue.

The Executive Committee have overseen a busy 90th year of the BDRA and thank all of you who have supported events and given us feedback.  Our Christmas greetings are extended to everyone in the Association. If you think what we do is worthwhile encourage your neighbours to join so we can join together to make Billericay and district a place to be proud of.