Plans for 14 flats on Canvey thrown out by council

Echo: Plans for 14 flats on Canvey thrown out by council Plans for 14 flats on Canvey thrown out by council

CASTLE Point councillors have ignored the advice of their officers and thrown out plans to build 14 homes in the middle of Canvey town centre.

Chief development control officer Kim Fisher’s team had recommended approval for developer Pemican’s proposals for a site in the High Street.

However councillors voiced concerns about the design of the block, the lack of amenity space for residents and the way the three-storey block was to have been wedged in between C & J Autos and a Costcutter supermarket.

They suggestedamore modest proposal might have stood a better chance of winning approval on the site, now home to a hand car wash business.

Patricia Sparks,whose home in Barnards Avenue is behind the site, spokeat the meeting.

She said:“Wehavealot of problems in Barnards Avenue.

“If you are coming from the High Street and turning into the left side, you have the added worry of being smashed into by cars coming out of the Costcutter garage. It isdeadly.”

Canvey Central councillor Dave Blackwell, in whose ward the site lies, also raised concerns.

He said: “I know we are all under pressure to find more homes for the community, but this development looks as though it has been squeezed in a very small space.

“Highways didn’t object to the plan as it said there was plenty of public parking in the town centre, but that is a mile from the site.

Three storeys would totally overdominate the area. If itwasa two storey proposal, Iwould behappy.

“The people facing the garage would have a constant smell of petrol and diesel and wouldn’t be able to open their windows.”

Pemican has yet to say if it will appeal against the decision.

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11:28am Mon 10 Mar 14

onorris24 says...

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12:49pm Mon 10 Mar 14

upset says...

Now all you doubters who said Councillors get brown envelopes, will have to change your mantra to Officers get brown envelopes. But you wont and nor will you praise the Tory majority for throwing out the plans, will you?
Now all you doubters who said Councillors get brown envelopes, will have to change your mantra to Officers get brown envelopes. But you wont and nor will you praise the Tory majority for throwing out the plans, will you? upset
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1:49pm Mon 10 Mar 14

marshman says...

upset wrote:
Now all you doubters who said Councillors get brown envelopes, will have to change your mantra to Officers get brown envelopes. But you wont and nor will you praise the Tory majority for throwing out the plans, will you?
No of course not.

Planners rejected the proposal contrary to advice with no support from the highways authority and without putting forward any valid reason in law to support refusal. Just because members of the council are too snobby to live next door to a filling station it doesn't mean their view is shared by the wider community (I'd raise no objection to living there for example). With no valid grounds for refusal the developer is likely to appeal, have the matter dealt with by letter and ultimately get his planning permission. That means of course that any control the council may have had over the development will be lost.

A better decision would have been to try and bring forward a development that included the old C & J Autos building. The council has many powers at it's disposal it could have mustered to facilitate this and such a development (of the whole site) would ultimately lead to a development that would have been better for Canvey, for the neighbours and of course for the new residents. But it’s not going to happen now.

And you think it’s a decision worthy of praise?
[quote][p][bold]upset[/bold] wrote: Now all you doubters who said Councillors get brown envelopes, will have to change your mantra to Officers get brown envelopes. But you wont and nor will you praise the Tory majority for throwing out the plans, will you?[/p][/quote]No of course not. Planners rejected the proposal contrary to advice with no support from the highways authority and without putting forward any valid reason in law to support refusal. Just because members of the council are too snobby to live next door to a filling station it doesn't mean their view is shared by the wider community (I'd raise no objection to living there for example). With no valid grounds for refusal the developer is likely to appeal, have the matter dealt with by letter and ultimately get his planning permission. That means of course that any control the council may have had over the development will be lost. A better decision would have been to try and bring forward a development that included the old C & J Autos building. The council has many powers at it's disposal it could have mustered to facilitate this and such a development (of the whole site) would ultimately lead to a development that would have been better for Canvey, for the neighbours and of course for the new residents. But it’s not going to happen now. And you think it’s a decision worthy of praise? marshman
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