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Plans submitted for 265 homes on Jotmans green belt in Benfleet
6:00pm Wednesday 6th March 2013 in News
GREEN belt campaigners have vowed to fight plans to build up to 265 homes in their leafy neighbourhood.
Persimmon Homes has submitted proposals on behalf of company Charles Church to develop on green belt land south of Jotmans Lane, Benfleet after holding a two-day exhibition on the application last November.
The developer claims 12 years worth of affordable housing could be provided on the 35-acre site.
However residents are determined to preserve the green fields and will be distributing 5,000 leaflets in the area to boost opposition.
Susan Buhr, 73, of Jotmans Lane, Benfleet, who is member of the Save Jotmans Farm campaign group, said: “We will continue to fight these types of proposals for as long as developers submit them because ultimately they will affect our way of life.
“The trouble is people think this will not happen and they can just let someone else do it, but if you feel strongly about it you have got to stand up and be accounted for.”
Detailed plans were revealed to the public at two-day exhibition at Richmond Hall, off the High Road, last year, offering residents the chance to voice their concerns.
Residents fear it could be the tip of the iceberg as the site had been earmarked for 600 homes under Castle Point Council's former local plan which was scrapped in September 2011.
A final decision on the proposals will be made by the council’s development control committee in the next few months.
A spokesman for Charles Church said: “There is a desperate shortage of new homes being built locally and people of all ages are struggling to get on the housing ladder.
“Our proposals are for a range and mixture of both private and affordable homes on land to the south of Jotmans Lane, helping to fill this shortfall, boost the local economy and provide much needed jobs. We want to help people achieve their ambition of owning a home.”
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