Campaigners' relief as Glebelands appeal is thrown out by High Court

Anti-development messages were left draped over Glebelands

Anti-development messages were left draped over Glebelands

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Glebelands in Benfleet will remain green belt land after a High Court ruling threw out a developer's appeal to build 165 homes there.

Developers Fox Land and Property took their development to the top court after Local Government Minister Eric Pickles turned down its proposals at the planning appeal stage.

A High Court showdown took place in December, but Mr Justice Blake has agreed with Mr Pickles' ruling on the 7.4 hectare site - to the relief of campaigners.

Rebecca Harris, Tory MP for Castle Point, said: “I have just heard the High Court has found in favour of the Secretary of State Eric Pickles on the Glebelands planning appeal.

"I am glad the judge agreed with me and the Secretary of State that the council’s lack of a viable five year housing supply should not outweigh the harm to virgin green belt that this application would have caused."

For the full story, see Monday's Castle Point Echo.

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9:01pm Fri 17 Jan 14

Keptquiettillnow says...

You are going to have to build somewhere.
Win a battle lose the war.
You are going to have to build somewhere. Win a battle lose the war. Keptquiettillnow
  • Score: -4

9:38am Sat 18 Jan 14

Old Southendian says...

Keptquiettillnow wrote:
You are going to have to build somewhere.
Win a battle lose the war.
How true!

I do object to the wording on the banner in the picture in the article. Save THE greenbelt by all means, but save OUR greenbelt, No. The land designated as greenbelt is owned by somebody. It seems to me that those wishing to preserve it largely don't own it. A case for putting money where mouth is I think.
[quote][p][bold]Keptquiettillnow[/bold] wrote: You are going to have to build somewhere. Win a battle lose the war.[/p][/quote]How true! I do object to the wording on the banner in the picture in the article. Save THE greenbelt by all means, but save OUR greenbelt, No. The land designated as greenbelt is owned by somebody. It seems to me that those wishing to preserve it largely don't own it. A case for putting money where mouth is I think. Old Southendian
  • Score: -2

11:36am Sat 18 Jan 14

Sensible Man says...

The simple fact is that Essex is full up. We have lost more than enough land to the shoebox merchants. Developers - pack your bags and go away please.

The answer is simple - our government must get a grip on the absurd explosion in the size of the population of this country. Ignore the shrill screeching of the lefties - time to close the borders. Problem solved - no more shoeboxes required.
The simple fact is that Essex is full up. We have lost more than enough land to the shoebox merchants. Developers - pack your bags and go away please. The answer is simple - our government must get a grip on the absurd explosion in the size of the population of this country. Ignore the shrill screeching of the lefties - time to close the borders. Problem solved - no more shoeboxes required. Sensible Man
  • Score: 12

2:37pm Sat 18 Jan 14

emcee says...

Sensible Man wrote:
The simple fact is that Essex is full up. We have lost more than enough land to the shoebox merchants. Developers - pack your bags and go away please.

The answer is simple - our government must get a grip on the absurd explosion in the size of the population of this country. Ignore the shrill screeching of the lefties - time to close the borders. Problem solved - no more shoeboxes required.
We also need a "birth control" program for citizens of this country. I see no reason why couples should not be limited to two children.
Unless this country does something radical about population growth, this country will become a nation of jobless, slum dwellers (some places are nearly there already). The ratio of the population and the amout of tax going into the country's coffers will be at such a point where this country will no longer be able to cope. We may not be quite at that situation yet but we are begining to feel some small effects already (pension fund decreases, NHS services starting to crumble, less efficient policing, social security costs etc...). All Governments seem to do is pick around the edges when trying to solve issues. Rather than do good for the country in the long term all they do, and this goes for all parties, is try to appease certain voters for a period of five years then start over again.

We need to level out the numbers of immigrants so they match the precise number of emigrants or less and we need to control population from within our borders, also. Unless this happens within the next generation or two it will be goodbye Britain, hello third world.
[quote][p][bold]Sensible Man[/bold] wrote: The simple fact is that Essex is full up. We have lost more than enough land to the shoebox merchants. Developers - pack your bags and go away please. The answer is simple - our government must get a grip on the absurd explosion in the size of the population of this country. Ignore the shrill screeching of the lefties - time to close the borders. Problem solved - no more shoeboxes required.[/p][/quote]We also need a "birth control" program for citizens of this country. I see no reason why couples should not be limited to two children. Unless this country does something radical about population growth, this country will become a nation of jobless, slum dwellers (some places are nearly there already). The ratio of the population and the amout of tax going into the country's coffers will be at such a point where this country will no longer be able to cope. We may not be quite at that situation yet but we are begining to feel some small effects already (pension fund decreases, NHS services starting to crumble, less efficient policing, social security costs etc...). All Governments seem to do is pick around the edges when trying to solve issues. Rather than do good for the country in the long term all they do, and this goes for all parties, is try to appease certain voters for a period of five years then start over again. We need to level out the numbers of immigrants so they match the precise number of emigrants or less and we need to control population from within our borders, also. Unless this happens within the next generation or two it will be goodbye Britain, hello third world. emcee
  • Score: 3

3:31pm Sat 18 Jan 14

Sensible Man says...

emcee -

Totally agree - there should certainly be absolutely ZERO benefits for anyone after the second child. How can anyone - even a screeching leftie - say different? If people choose to have more than two kids then let THEM pay for them. Common sense.

On immigration - our useless politicians are just that - useless - because 1) They are scared of the ridiculous leftie "racist" tag and 2) They only ever look as far ahead as the next election. Our one hope is a party with a true belief - possibly UKIP - who have original thinking and may - just may - do SOMETHING to bring the whole population explosion under control.

Left to the hopeless CON/LIB/LABs - they are after all all the same - the future for this country is bleak indeed - in fact worse than bleak. It is hopeless.
emcee - Totally agree - there should certainly be absolutely ZERO benefits for anyone after the second child. How can anyone - even a screeching leftie - say different? If people choose to have more than two kids then let THEM pay for them. Common sense. On immigration - our useless politicians are just that - useless - because 1) They are scared of the ridiculous leftie "racist" tag and 2) They only ever look as far ahead as the next election. Our one hope is a party with a true belief - possibly UKIP - who have original thinking and may - just may - do SOMETHING to bring the whole population explosion under control. Left to the hopeless CON/LIB/LABs - they are after all all the same - the future for this country is bleak indeed - in fact worse than bleak. It is hopeless. Sensible Man
  • Score: 3

11:53am Sun 19 Jan 14

pembury53 says...

emcee wrote:
Sensible Man wrote:
The simple fact is that Essex is full up. We have lost more than enough land to the shoebox merchants. Developers - pack your bags and go away please.

The answer is simple - our government must get a grip on the absurd explosion in the size of the population of this country. Ignore the shrill screeching of the lefties - time to close the borders. Problem solved - no more shoeboxes required.
We also need a "birth control" program for citizens of this country. I see no reason why couples should not be limited to two children.
Unless this country does something radical about population growth, this country will become a nation of jobless, slum dwellers (some places are nearly there already). The ratio of the population and the amout of tax going into the country's coffers will be at such a point where this country will no longer be able to cope. We may not be quite at that situation yet but we are begining to feel some small effects already (pension fund decreases, NHS services starting to crumble, less efficient policing, social security costs etc...). All Governments seem to do is pick around the edges when trying to solve issues. Rather than do good for the country in the long term all they do, and this goes for all parties, is try to appease certain voters for a period of five years then start over again.

We need to level out the numbers of immigrants so they match the precise number of emigrants or less and we need to control population from within our borders, also. Unless this happens within the next generation or two it will be goodbye Britain, hello third world.
100% correct in your analysis...... i've been saying the same for years but most people call it zenophobic scaremogering.... hopefully the grim reality is finally beginning to get through, but unfortunately it takes the threat of a thousand houses in someone's back yard before they usually wake up.....
[quote][p][bold]emcee[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Sensible Man[/bold] wrote: The simple fact is that Essex is full up. We have lost more than enough land to the shoebox merchants. Developers - pack your bags and go away please. The answer is simple - our government must get a grip on the absurd explosion in the size of the population of this country. Ignore the shrill screeching of the lefties - time to close the borders. Problem solved - no more shoeboxes required.[/p][/quote]We also need a "birth control" program for citizens of this country. I see no reason why couples should not be limited to two children. Unless this country does something radical about population growth, this country will become a nation of jobless, slum dwellers (some places are nearly there already). The ratio of the population and the amout of tax going into the country's coffers will be at such a point where this country will no longer be able to cope. We may not be quite at that situation yet but we are begining to feel some small effects already (pension fund decreases, NHS services starting to crumble, less efficient policing, social security costs etc...). All Governments seem to do is pick around the edges when trying to solve issues. Rather than do good for the country in the long term all they do, and this goes for all parties, is try to appease certain voters for a period of five years then start over again. We need to level out the numbers of immigrants so they match the precise number of emigrants or less and we need to control population from within our borders, also. Unless this happens within the next generation or two it will be goodbye Britain, hello third world.[/p][/quote]100% correct in your analysis...... i've been saying the same for years but most people call it zenophobic scaremogering.... hopefully the grim reality is finally beginning to get through, but unfortunately it takes the threat of a thousand houses in someone's back yard before they usually wake up..... pembury53
  • Score: 1

2:11pm Sun 19 Jan 14

John T Pharro says...

Neither should "Lack of a viable five year housing supply" be an excuse for over building on Canvey or overdevelopment such as at Canvey Supply. Your equal opposition to Glebelands Rt Hon R Harris to that would be appreciated by the residents of Canvey. Any chance?
Neither should "Lack of a viable five year housing supply" be an excuse for over building on Canvey or overdevelopment such as at Canvey Supply. Your equal opposition to Glebelands Rt Hon R Harris to that would be appreciated by the residents of Canvey. Any chance? John T Pharro
  • Score: 2

2:15pm Sun 19 Jan 14

Howard Cháse says...

Eric must have had the map upside down and not noticed this is actually south of the A127
Eric must have had the map upside down and not noticed this is actually south of the A127 Howard Cháse
  • Score: 5

4:34pm Sun 19 Jan 14

ThisYear says...

emcee wrote:
Sensible Man wrote:
The simple fact is that Essex is full up. We have lost more than enough land to the shoebox merchants. Developers - pack your bags and go away please.

The answer is simple - our government must get a grip on the absurd explosion in the size of the population of this country. Ignore the shrill screeching of the lefties - time to close the borders. Problem solved - no more shoeboxes required.
We also need a "birth control" program for citizens of this country. I see no reason why couples should not be limited to two children.
Unless this country does something radical about population growth, this country will become a nation of jobless, slum dwellers (some places are nearly there already). The ratio of the population and the amout of tax going into the country's coffers will be at such a point where this country will no longer be able to cope. We may not be quite at that situation yet but we are begining to feel some small effects already (pension fund decreases, NHS services starting to crumble, less efficient policing, social security costs etc...). All Governments seem to do is pick around the edges when trying to solve issues. Rather than do good for the country in the long term all they do, and this goes for all parties, is try to appease certain voters for a period of five years then start over again.

We need to level out the numbers of immigrants so they match the precise number of emigrants or less and we need to control population from within our borders, also. Unless this happens within the next generation or two it will be goodbye Britain, hello third world.
You feel the generation now should dictate the generation to come?

There was a rather strange man in Europe once who thought along those lines..
[quote][p][bold]emcee[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Sensible Man[/bold] wrote: The simple fact is that Essex is full up. We have lost more than enough land to the shoebox merchants. Developers - pack your bags and go away please. The answer is simple - our government must get a grip on the absurd explosion in the size of the population of this country. Ignore the shrill screeching of the lefties - time to close the borders. Problem solved - no more shoeboxes required.[/p][/quote]We also need a "birth control" program for citizens of this country. I see no reason why couples should not be limited to two children. Unless this country does something radical about population growth, this country will become a nation of jobless, slum dwellers (some places are nearly there already). The ratio of the population and the amout of tax going into the country's coffers will be at such a point where this country will no longer be able to cope. We may not be quite at that situation yet but we are begining to feel some small effects already (pension fund decreases, NHS services starting to crumble, less efficient policing, social security costs etc...). All Governments seem to do is pick around the edges when trying to solve issues. Rather than do good for the country in the long term all they do, and this goes for all parties, is try to appease certain voters for a period of five years then start over again. We need to level out the numbers of immigrants so they match the precise number of emigrants or less and we need to control population from within our borders, also. Unless this happens within the next generation or two it will be goodbye Britain, hello third world.[/p][/quote]You feel the generation now should dictate the generation to come? There was a rather strange man in Europe once who thought along those lines.. ThisYear
  • Score: 0

5:27pm Sun 19 Jan 14

Sensible Man says...

Ah yes - the one and only Tony Blair with his unbelievable and absurd open-door immigration policy. Bogus students, bogus visitors, bogus spouses, bogus asylum-seekers, - come one come all. Everyone welcome to Benefits Britain under Tony Blair's Labour.

Good to remind people of this This Year - well done.

Trust you will be joining the UKIP bandwagon at this years Euro elections.
Ah yes - the one and only Tony Blair with his unbelievable and absurd open-door immigration policy. Bogus students, bogus visitors, bogus spouses, bogus asylum-seekers, - come one come all. Everyone welcome to Benefits Britain under Tony Blair's Labour. Good to remind people of this This Year - well done. Trust you will be joining the UKIP bandwagon at this years Euro elections. Sensible Man
  • Score: -1

7:29pm Sun 19 Jan 14

ThisYear says...

Sensible Man wrote:
Ah yes - the one and only Tony Blair with his unbelievable and absurd open-door immigration policy. Bogus students, bogus visitors, bogus spouses, bogus asylum-seekers, - come one come all. Everyone welcome to Benefits Britain under Tony Blair's Labour.

Good to remind people of this This Year - well done.

Trust you will be joining the UKIP bandwagon at this years Euro elections.
Im a little too aware to be putting my name down to support people you cannot trust...ie a non voter.
[quote][p][bold]Sensible Man[/bold] wrote: Ah yes - the one and only Tony Blair with his unbelievable and absurd open-door immigration policy. Bogus students, bogus visitors, bogus spouses, bogus asylum-seekers, - come one come all. Everyone welcome to Benefits Britain under Tony Blair's Labour. Good to remind people of this This Year - well done. Trust you will be joining the UKIP bandwagon at this years Euro elections.[/p][/quote]Im a little too aware to be putting my name down to support people you cannot trust...ie a non voter. ThisYear
  • Score: 1

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