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New Website
We will be contacting some web designers with a copy of our brief to discuss a new website. This website will be simpler and more relevant than the present one

Mayflower Project
After Sean Day’s talk at our AGM we decided to donate 500 to the Harwich Mayflower Project which is building a full-sized replica of the Mayflower to make the same journey 400 years after the original journey.

Local Plan
Basildon Council’s next step in producing a Local Plan will be for an independent review to ensure the local plan will pass the test of soundness. This will affect the timetable and delay the production of the Local Plan.
Representatives from BDRA, Billericay Action Group and Billericay Society have an appointment to meet John Baron MP on 21st June to discuss his involvement with the Local Plan.

Planning Applications
Applications determined
Development of 27 dwellings, including 7 no. affordable homes, with access from Linda Gardens was refused
Alterations to rear elevation of dental practice comprising insertion of 4 no. slit windows and cream coloured rendered finish to exterior wall was granted and display one non-illuminated timber framed sign to rear elevation at The Stable, Crown Yard was granted

Applications submitted
We had no objection to the change of use to residential accommodation (3 units) and undertake alterations comprising first floor rear extension, new and extended dormers in north facing roof slope, rear gable addition and new window openings to flank elevations at 22 High Street
Siting of two timber garden sheds (to be used as outdoor seating booths) and a covered pergola structure, along with the installation fixed booth and bench seating in the rear garden at The Crown Public House. As the site is within the Conservation Area we will object
Swan Housing have applied for change of use of Pilgrim House from office to residential comprising 10 x 1-bedroom flats and 7 x 2-bedroom flats, with 19 car parking spaces – we believe that this will be affordable housing and will not object

Speeding Review
As we now have enough volunteers to form a Speedwatch Group we have been in touch with the organiser (The Fire Brigade) to inform them that we want to form a group and are finding out about obtaining a speed checking device. The police have already identified and approved 2 speeding streets and have been asked to approve more.

Brightside School
Brightside School are planning to expand with an extra 210 places. A committee member will attend and report back

Summer Fetes
BDRA will be represented at the Great Burstead Fete 24th June and Summerfest. 9th July.