Essex County Council veto for Castle Point Council's Blinking Owl homes: Leading planner says 313-acre site off A127 is unsuitable for big estate

Echo: County Hall veto for Blinking Owl homes County Hall veto for Blinking Owl homes

AN Essex County Council report may have effectively sunk plans for a huge new housing estate near the Blinking Owl cafe, off the A127.

Borough councillors are pushing for the 313-acre site off the A127 to be included in Castle Point’s new Local Plan, as a way to spare sensitive green belt land from development.

However, County Hall has officially come down against the idea of developing the site before 2031.

In a 12-page report on the Local Plan, the county council says local infrastructure would not be upgraded in time to cope with so many new homes in that location.

Senior county planning official Andrew Cook’s report points out the borough council was originally advised to keep the land free of development until 2031.

He added: “Essex County Council would object to the allocated site, given concerns regarding inappropriate access opportunities to the A127 and A130 and the high cost (about £60million) of any arrangements required to maintain flows on the strategic road network.

“Access to the site from the existing urban area would exacerbate congestion at nearby junctions Tarpots and Woodmans Arms.”

The report also raises concerns about six other housing sites in the local plan, recommending Castle Point Council should allow 600 homes on land off Kiln Road, Thundersley, instead of 450 as other proposed sites might not end up being developed.

It suggested a proposed 600- home development at Thorney Bay Caravan Park, Canvey, would put the island’s primary schools under undue pressure.

And Mr Cook questions the need for a proposed new primary school as part of plans to build 800 new homes off Jotmans Lane, Benfleet. A Castle Point Council working group is due to look at the viability of the Blinking Owl site this summer.

However, opposition councillor Dave Blackwell said the report had “killed off the Blinking Owl site stone dead”.

Mr Blackwell, who leads the Canvey Independent Party, added: “No inspector will accept this site if it was added to the Local Plan, now County Hall has objected to it.

“The council has had four years to get this sorted and approach all the landowners, but now it’s too late.”

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1:15pm Thu 10 Apr 14

Nowthatsworthknowing says...

Now get the plough out of the barn, and get on with the farm...
Now get the plough out of the barn, and get on with the farm... Nowthatsworthknowing
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1:16pm Thu 10 Apr 14

pembury53 says...

the inconvenient truth begins to sink in...... the government says 'you will build new homes'...... but, there ain't nowhere round here to put 'em !
the inconvenient truth begins to sink in...... the government says 'you will build new homes'...... but, there ain't nowhere round here to put 'em ! pembury53
  • Score: 2

1:27pm Thu 10 Apr 14

Nowthatsworthknowing says...

pembury53 wrote:
the inconvenient truth begins to sink in...... the government says 'you will build new homes'...... but, there ain't nowhere round here to put 'em !
Oh but there is - Jotmans, the ideal location for the big estate, something which is bubbling and aching to be built, only a matter of time....
[quote][p][bold]pembury53[/bold] wrote: the inconvenient truth begins to sink in...... the government says 'you will build new homes'...... but, there ain't nowhere round here to put 'em ![/p][/quote]Oh but there is - Jotmans, the ideal location for the big estate, something which is bubbling and aching to be built, only a matter of time.... Nowthatsworthknowing
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2:10pm Thu 10 Apr 14

pembury53 says...

Nowthatsworthknowing wrote:
pembury53 wrote: the inconvenient truth begins to sink in...... the government says 'you will build new homes'...... but, there ain't nowhere round here to put 'em !
Oh but there is - Jotmans, the ideal location for the big estate, something which is bubbling and aching to be built, only a matter of time....
in that it's only a matter of time, i couldn't agree more....
[quote][p][bold]Nowthatsworthknowing[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]pembury53[/bold] wrote: the inconvenient truth begins to sink in...... the government says 'you will build new homes'...... but, there ain't nowhere round here to put 'em ![/p][/quote]Oh but there is - Jotmans, the ideal location for the big estate, something which is bubbling and aching to be built, only a matter of time....[/p][/quote]in that it's only a matter of time, i couldn't agree more.... pembury53
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3:08pm Thu 10 Apr 14

Sensible Man says...

The filthy urban concrete wasteland grows ever nearer.

Simple answer - stop the population explosion. No more immigration - and take away all benefits / incentives for having more than two kids.
The filthy urban concrete wasteland grows ever nearer. Simple answer - stop the population explosion. No more immigration - and take away all benefits / incentives for having more than two kids. Sensible Man
  • Score: 3

3:21pm Thu 10 Apr 14

carnmountyouknowitmakessense says...

Sensible Man wrote:
The filthy urban concrete wasteland grows ever nearer.

Simple answer - stop the population explosion. No more immigration - and take away all benefits / incentives for having more than two kids.
Make an ideal Caravan site....as long as it has all the basic needs provided.
[quote][p][bold]Sensible Man[/bold] wrote: The filthy urban concrete wasteland grows ever nearer. Simple answer - stop the population explosion. No more immigration - and take away all benefits / incentives for having more than two kids.[/p][/quote]Make an ideal Caravan site....as long as it has all the basic needs provided. carnmountyouknowitmakessense
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3:30pm Thu 10 Apr 14

Sensible Man says...

Do others agree that "Nowthatsworth.." and "Carnmounty..." are probably one and the same poster? Not only do "they" both post tosh but "they" have an identical style. Funnily enough - it is the same "style" (and tosh) as used to be posted By Jubilation / Lord Mountfield et al.
Do others agree that "Nowthatsworth.." and "Carnmounty..." are probably one and the same poster? Not only do "they" both post tosh but "they" have an identical style. Funnily enough - it is the same "style" (and tosh) as used to be posted By Jubilation / Lord Mountfield et al. Sensible Man
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3:35pm Thu 10 Apr 14

Nebs says...

The New Homes Bonus is a grant paid by central government to local councils for increasing the number of homes and their use. The New Homes Bonus is paid each year for 6 years. It’s based on the amount of extra Council Tax revenue raised for new-build homes, conversions and long-term empty homes brought back into use. There is also an extra payment for providing affordable homes.

That is why they want to build them, nothing to do with providing the houses and all about getting money to keep the local council gravy train rolling to the next station.

Essex, especially South East Essex, already has a higher population density than most of the UK, build in areas less densely populated to spread the load.
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The New Homes Bonus is a grant paid by central government to local councils for increasing the number of homes and their use. The New Homes Bonus is paid each year for 6 years. It’s based on the amount of extra Council Tax revenue raised for new-build homes, conversions and long-term empty homes brought back into use. There is also an extra payment for providing affordable homes. That is why they want to build them, nothing to do with providing the houses and all about getting money to keep the local council gravy train rolling to the next station. Essex, especially South East Essex, already has a higher population density than most of the UK, build in areas less densely populated to spread the load. http://www.theguardi an.com/news/datablog /interactive/2011/ju n/30/uk-population-m apped Nebs
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3:45pm Thu 10 Apr 14

Sensible Man says...

Nebs -

That is a very informative - and wise - post.

Perhaps someone from the relevant council(s) would care to comment?
Nebs - That is a very informative - and wise - post. Perhaps someone from the relevant council(s) would care to comment? Sensible Man
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