St Osyth Priory is among the most important historic sites in England and after a century of neglect the buildings and Park are in an extremely fragile and poor state of repair. The proposals submitted to Tendring District Council include a package of enabling development works being put forward, as envisaged in the Local Plan, in order to generate part of the funds needed to pay for the conservation of the Priory buildings and historic landscape. Without the much needed repair, renewal, restoration and conservation works, the buildings will inevitably decay beyond repair and would then be lost forever.
The submitted applications are the culmination of many years of work, gathering essential information about the history, the current state of disrepair of the buildings and the importance of the ecology and historic landscape of the wider estate including the surrounding areas of St Osyth. There has been considerable consultation with many key stakeholders including Tendring District Council, English Heritage, Natural England and the Local Community.
A package of enabling developments was originally submitted in 2011, which was made up of the following:
The West Field Applications 1-4 (in total 132 dwellings)
West Field Application 1: Detailed application for 23 dwellings
West Field Application 2: Detailed application for 46 dwellings
West Field Application 3: Detailed application for 33 dwellings
West Field Application 4: Detailed application for 21 dwellings
The Park and Park Buildings Application 5 (19 dwellings)
The Wellwick Application 6 (Outline application for up to 190 dwellings)
The Extension to Darcy House (Grade I Listed Building) and creation of a new Visitors Centre/Function Facility Application 7
Applications 1-5 were the subject of a sixteen-day Inquiry in January 2015, The Inspector’s Decision letter dated 21st May 2015 was issued and subsequently quashed as unlawful in December 2015. A second Inquiry is scheduled for November 2016.
Application 6 was granted 18th March 2016 and Application 7 was withdrawn 13th January 2015.
As a pragmatic response to the current situation a fresh package of applications has been submitted, which seek to avoid the need for a second Inquiry. These applications are as follows:
West Field Application (72 dwellings)
Park and Park Buildings Application (17 dwellings)