KFC is back on menu at Laindon Hotel site

Concern – Laindon Park councillor John Dornan at the site

Concern – Laindon Park councillor John Dornan at the site

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CAMPAIGNERS are “gobsmacked” after controversial plans for a drive-through fast food restaurant emerged yet again.

Residents and councillors fighting against proposals for a KFC in High Road, Laindon, thought their two-year battle was finally over after a planning inspector deemed the scheme unsuitable.

Laindon Holdings first submitted plans for a 24-hour takeaway on the former Laindon Hotel site at the beginning of 2012, but they were turned down by Basildon Council after a string of objections.

Proposals with revised opening times resurfaced months later, but were also thrown out over concerns about traffic, noise and litter.

The developers lodged an appeal last year, which was considered at a planning inquiry in May.

Planning inspector Isobel McCretton upheld the council’s decision on the grounds the design and appearance of the restaurant was not suitable for the residential area.

Now Laindon Holdings is back with a new application.

The revised proposals have seen the height of the singlestorey building increased, the introduction of a pitched slate roof and the use of brick.

Mother-of-two Samantha Marsh, 42, of Little Oxcroft, led the original campaign against the development and has vowed to fight again.

She said: “I am gobsmacked. I really thought it was over.

“All our concerns still stand. We weren’t particularly concerned about the appearance of the building, but more the opening hours, noise and all the extra traffic.

“Laindon Holdings seem to be very persistent. The site is very valuable and it’s a good location for custom from passing traffic.

“We are going to fight it. It would be right outside the back of my house and decrease the value of our properties.

“This is really starting to wear the community down.”

John Dornan, Tory councillor for Laindon Park, has pleaded with Laindon Holdings to consider putting a KFC in the troubled Laindon Centre instead.

He said: “The concern is if the new design meets with planning framework regulations, it might just get passed.

“I’m not against new businesses, but that development is detrimental to that part of Laindon.

“It’s a fresh application but it’s got the same old issues. The fight goes on.”

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1:31pm Tue 4 Mar 14

Feminism is Dead says...

Laindon seems as good a place as any.
Laindon seems as good a place as any. Feminism is Dead
  • Score: -95

1:34pm Tue 4 Mar 14

rayleigh123 says...

Big business must make its profits - who cares about the locals !!!

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Big business must make its profits - who cares about the locals !!! . . . rayleigh123
  • Score: -106

4:21pm Tue 4 Mar 14

Howard Cháse says...

Perfect site for some of the tens of thousands of houses that the Council insist they have to build.
Perfect site for some of the tens of thousands of houses that the Council insist they have to build. Howard Cháse
  • Score: 93

4:23pm Tue 4 Mar 14

Howard Cháse says...

Laindon holdings should sell it off to George Martin builders to build and sell houses. Two lots of profit for that well known local philanthropist Mick Toomey.....
Laindon holdings should sell it off to George Martin builders to build and sell houses. Two lots of profit for that well known local philanthropist Mick Toomey..... Howard Cháse
  • Score: 90

4:28pm Tue 4 Mar 14

Howard Cháse says...

Why hasn't Councillor Phil Turner identified this site as one perfect for his latest scheme of building Council controlled housing on like those allegedly disused garages in Paslowes and that other site he was banging on about last week or the week before?
Why hasn't Councillor Phil Turner identified this site as one perfect for his latest scheme of building Council controlled housing on like those allegedly disused garages in Paslowes and that other site he was banging on about last week or the week before? Howard Cháse
  • Score: 88

7:23pm Tue 4 Mar 14

ThisYear says...

“I am gobsmacked'

Dreadful term..some might wish those who use it...were!
“I am gobsmacked' Dreadful term..some might wish those who use it...were! ThisYear
  • Score: 2

7:24pm Tue 4 Mar 14

Steve H says...

Howard Cháse wrote:
Laindon holdings should sell it off to George Martin builders to build and sell houses. Two lots of profit for that well known local philanthropist Mick Toomey.....
George Martin, now that's a name I haven't heard in years, were the originally Globe? That built the Counties estate in Laindon?

Laindon 'Toomey' Holdings must have his fingers in many pies
[quote][p][bold]Howard Cháse[/bold] wrote: Laindon holdings should sell it off to George Martin builders to build and sell houses. Two lots of profit for that well known local philanthropist Mick Toomey.....[/p][/quote]George Martin, now that's a name I haven't heard in years, were the originally Globe? That built the Counties estate in Laindon? Laindon 'Toomey' Holdings must have his fingers in many pies Steve H
  • Score: 80

10:46pm Tue 4 Mar 14

BT man says...

personally, im fed up with driving to pitsea or the retail park for me kfc, so build it, the sooner the better.
personally, im fed up with driving to pitsea or the retail park for me kfc, so build it, the sooner the better. BT man
  • Score: -87

4:20pm Wed 5 Mar 14

Laindonlocal says...

The plans for the grease spoon has got bigger .longer opening hours it is fine if you don't live near by would you want this by your house just because laindon holdings have put KFC logos on it the plans state fast food it can be anything. The land has been vacant for 20 odd years laindon holdings should have built houses on it .or the council should have compulsory purchase it and used it for local houses then there would not be any problems why take land from somebody when land is not being used .
The plans for the grease spoon has got bigger .longer opening hours it is fine if you don't live near by would you want this by your house just because laindon holdings have put KFC logos on it the plans state fast food it can be anything. The land has been vacant for 20 odd years laindon holdings should have built houses on it .or the council should have compulsory purchase it and used it for local houses then there would not be any problems why take land from somebody when land is not being used . Laindonlocal
  • Score: 98

6:04pm Fri 14 Mar 14

leslog says...

no to a drive in drive out fast food centre on this site perhaps some bungalows needed to house some older residents ,who can leave there not required bedrooms for familys that do require them
no to a drive in drive out fast food centre on this site perhaps some bungalows needed to house some older residents ,who can leave there not required bedrooms for familys that do require them leslog
  • Score: 82

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