Tank joins battle to save Jotmans

Echo: Firepower – the tank, with councillor Andrew Sheldon on board, backs up residents, councillors and Castle Point MP Rebecca Harris, fifth from left, at the threatened green belt site Firepower – the tank, with councillor Andrew Sheldon on board, backs up residents, councillors and Castle Point MP Rebecca Harris, fifth from left, at the threatened green belt site

A TANK descended on Benfleet as scores of incensed campaigners rallied against plans for hundreds of homes in their neighbourhood.

Controversial proposals for 265 homes on green belt land south of Jotmans Lane will be decided by Government planning inspectors after developer Persimmon Homes appealed against a decision by Castle Point Council to turn them down.

Both sides will go head-tohead in a planning inquiry, which could take place from October 14 to 16, or from November 19 to 21.

Defiant residents and councillors protested outside the 21- acre green belt site armed with banners and placards, as well as the tank, to show the strength of feeling against the proposals.

Andrew Sheldon, who is Conservative councillor for St Mary’s ward, and who borrowed the tank for the rally, said: “The Government planning guidance is on our side and Benfleet residents are united. I will stand shoulder to shoulder with residents in the Jotmans area to fight this appeal, and together we will fight to win.”

The site has been earmarked in the council’s local plan as part of a wider development, north and south of Jotmans Lane, for 800 homes.

Tom Smith, of Shorefields, Benfleet, said: “Our green belt is being eaten up as there are houses being built everywhere. We need to protect what little we have left.

“This is farmland and they just want to bulldoze through it. The infrastructure just isn’t here for this scale of development.

“If the landowner wants to sell it, the developer wants to buy it and now it’s in the local plan it does sometimes seem like it will be rubberstamped, but the bottom line is we can never give up.”

Persimmon has now submitted its evidence for the appeal, criticising the council for refusing the plans in light of a “chronic” housing shortage in the borough and the fact that the site is being included in its new housing strategy.

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7:09am Mon 14 Apr 14

Nowthatsworthknowing says...

Unfortunately, the need for these homes, will mean that they will be built, and unlike that Abbot Self Propelled Gun (not tank) which is a has been, it will keep being added to, until Benfleet, becomes a suburb of Basildon
Unfortunately, the need for these homes, will mean that they will be built, and unlike that Abbot Self Propelled Gun (not tank) which is a has been, it will keep being added to, until Benfleet, becomes a suburb of Basildon Nowthatsworthknowing
  • Score: 6

7:16am Mon 14 Apr 14

carnmountyouknowitmakessense says...

Once the formality of approval is given, the convoys will start rumbling their way to Jotman's, will be a noisy and dirty time for those residents, as access will be via the local roads, get your shovels and brooms now....
Once the formality of approval is given, the convoys will start rumbling their way to Jotman's, will be a noisy and dirty time for those residents, as access will be via the local roads, get your shovels and brooms now.... carnmountyouknowitmakessense
  • Score: 4

8:50am Mon 14 Apr 14

ChampKind says...

Nowthatsworthknowing wrote:
Unfortunately, the need for these homes, will mean that they will be built, and unlike that Abbot Self Propelled Gun (not tank) which is a has been, it will keep being added to, until Benfleet, becomes a suburb of Basildon
Given time, Benfleet will eventually be a Borough of London the way things are going.
[quote][p][bold]Nowthatsworthknowing[/bold] wrote: Unfortunately, the need for these homes, will mean that they will be built, and unlike that Abbot Self Propelled Gun (not tank) which is a has been, it will keep being added to, until Benfleet, becomes a suburb of Basildon[/p][/quote]Given time, Benfleet will eventually be a Borough of London the way things are going. ChampKind
  • Score: 7

9:29am Mon 14 Apr 14

pembury53 says...

"we'll fight them on the beaches".... etc etc, but all to no avail, as carnmounty says, prepare for the epic convoy, rumbling into town, of real heavy armour..... once there in, no more laying in until 6 every morning, those C2C seats will be a precious commodity, not to mention the queue's at sadlers.....
"we'll fight them on the beaches".... etc etc, but all to no avail, as carnmounty says, prepare for the epic convoy, rumbling into town, of real heavy armour..... once there in, no more laying in until 6 every morning, those C2C seats will be a precious commodity, not to mention the queue's at sadlers..... pembury53
  • Score: 5

9:33am Mon 14 Apr 14

him_from_hockley says...

“This is farmland and they just want to bulldoze through it" said the councillor in a tank.
“This is farmland and they just want to bulldoze through it" said the councillor in a tank. him_from_hockley
  • Score: 4

10:14am Mon 14 Apr 14

Howard Cháse says...

him_from_hockley wrote:
“This is farmland and they just want to bulldoze through it" said the councillor in a tank.
It's pasture for horses though isn't it Not much evidence of farming as far as I've seen when using the footpath there..
[quote][p][bold]him_from_hockley[/bold] wrote: “This is farmland and they just want to bulldoze through it" said the councillor in a tank.[/p][/quote]It's pasture for horses though isn't it Not much evidence of farming as far as I've seen when using the footpath there.. Howard Cháse
  • Score: 5

11:13am Mon 14 Apr 14

CarnMountification says...

carnmountyouknowitma
kessense
wrote:
Once the formality of approval is given, the convoys will start rumbling their way to Jotman's, will be a noisy and dirty time for those residents, as access will be via the local roads, get your shovels and brooms now....
i concur, looks set to go ahead, after all those fields aren't used for growing anything.
[quote][p][bold]carnmountyouknowitma kessense[/bold] wrote: Once the formality of approval is given, the convoys will start rumbling their way to Jotman's, will be a noisy and dirty time for those residents, as access will be via the local roads, get your shovels and brooms now....[/p][/quote]i concur, looks set to go ahead, after all those fields aren't used for growing anything. CarnMountification
  • Score: 2

11:55am Mon 14 Apr 14

poortaxpayer says...

All the household along this stretch are hypocrites as their mostly grand mansions were built on green belt not so long ago.
All the household along this stretch are hypocrites as their mostly grand mansions were built on green belt not so long ago. poortaxpayer
  • Score: 2

12:45pm Mon 14 Apr 14

pembury53 says...

poortaxpayer wrote:
All the household along this stretch are hypocrites as their mostly grand mansions were built on green belt not so long ago.
"not so long ago", whales were hunted, to near extinction.....
[quote][p][bold]poortaxpayer[/bold] wrote: All the household along this stretch are hypocrites as their mostly grand mansions were built on green belt not so long ago.[/p][/quote]"not so long ago", whales were hunted, to near extinction..... pembury53
  • Score: 3

12:58pm Mon 14 Apr 14

Chris Flunk says...

poortaxpayer wrote:
All the household along this stretch are hypocrites as their mostly grand mansions were built on green belt not so long ago.
Grand mansions?

Most of the area that borders Jotmans Farm is a bungalow estate.
[quote][p][bold]poortaxpayer[/bold] wrote: All the household along this stretch are hypocrites as their mostly grand mansions were built on green belt not so long ago.[/p][/quote]Grand mansions? Most of the area that borders Jotmans Farm is a bungalow estate. Chris Flunk
  • Score: 5

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