Green belt housing plan is thrown out

Echo: Green belt housing plan is thrown out Green belt housing plan is thrown out

COUNCILLORS have thrown out the latest plans to build homes on green belt land in Castle Point.

The borough council has turned down Redrow Homes’s application to put 178 homes between Felstead Road, Catherine Road, Downer Road, Rhoda Road and Bowers Road.

Benfleet.

The decision came even though the site is earmarked for development in the council’s five-year housing strategy.

The council’s planning committee went with the planners’ recommendation and rejected the proposals for the 21-acre site, branding them “inadequate”.

Councillors decided the development was wrong for the site, would spoil the appearance of the area and eat into too much of the surrounding woodland.

Redrow’s so-called King John’s Wood development would have included a village green, a park, three small public open spaces andawildlife pond.

An area of private woodland would also have been opened to the public.

Benfleet councillor Tom Skipp, said: “This site has been included in the draft Local Plan, but we need to get the right development for this space.

“This is not what I envisaged.

It is about maximising profit and some of the observations made by the experts on the ecology of the area show naivete.”

The plans had drawn widespread local opposition, including 600 names added to the Friends of Bowers Road Green Belt campaign group page on the Facebook website.

Another Benfleet councillor, Norman Smith, welcomed the decision.

He added: “I’m glad we have managed to stop this development on this site.

“It is a site with real beauty and to see that much intensification of properties would have ruined the area.

“What was originally proposed by the developers was a low-density application. which would have been acceptable for the area, but then to go for such intensification is a real disappointment.”

The Echo asked Redrow Homes for a comment, but none was forthcoming.

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12:22pm Fri 9 May 14

Ian P says...

"The Echo asked Redrow Homes for a comment, but none was forthcoming". Too busy preparing their appeal.
"The Echo asked Redrow Homes for a comment, but none was forthcoming". Too busy preparing their appeal. Ian P
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12:43pm Fri 9 May 14

Howard Cháse says...

A few more trays of pies and crates of ale required and the rubber stamp will be inked.
A few more trays of pies and crates of ale required and the rubber stamp will be inked. Howard Cháse
  • Score: 5

4:14pm Fri 9 May 14

Living the La Vida Legra says...

New application going in on Monday with revised total of 156 plots
And other slight modifications. I would think that this will be passed after going to Mr Pickeles. Just a heads up lol
New application going in on Monday with revised total of 156 plots And other slight modifications. I would think that this will be passed after going to Mr Pickeles. Just a heads up lol Living the La Vida Legra
  • Score: 1

4:26pm Fri 9 May 14

andyh says...

Living the La Vida Legra wrote:
New application going in on Monday with revised total of 156 plots
And other slight modifications. I would think that this will be passed after going to Mr Pickeles. Just a heads up lol
Oh, were there 22 plots for "social housing" then that will have been removed?

cynics-r-us.
[quote][p][bold]Living the La Vida Legra[/bold] wrote: New application going in on Monday with revised total of 156 plots And other slight modifications. I would think that this will be passed after going to Mr Pickeles. Just a heads up lol[/p][/quote]Oh, were there 22 plots for "social housing" then that will have been removed? cynics-r-us. andyh
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6:35pm Fri 9 May 14

Living the La Vida Legra says...

andyh wrote:
Living the La Vida Legra wrote:
New application going in on Monday with revised total of 156 plots
And other slight modifications. I would think that this will be passed after going to Mr Pickeles. Just a heads up lol
Oh, were there 22 plots for "social housing" then that will have been removed?

cynics-r-us.
Zero soz
[quote][p][bold]andyh[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Living the La Vida Legra[/bold] wrote: New application going in on Monday with revised total of 156 plots And other slight modifications. I would think that this will be passed after going to Mr Pickeles. Just a heads up lol[/p][/quote]Oh, were there 22 plots for "social housing" then that will have been removed? cynics-r-us.[/p][/quote]Zero soz Living the La Vida Legra
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7:13pm Fri 9 May 14

Keptquiettillnow says...

Social housing in Thundersley? ROTFL
Social housing in Thundersley? ROTFL Keptquiettillnow
  • Score: 0

8:30pm Fri 9 May 14

daninorth says...

Fantastic news ! well done
Fantastic news ! well done daninorth
  • Score: 15

12:13am Sat 10 May 14

Living the La Vida Legra says...

Don't all be NIMBYS because most people who read this are living in houses that were built on green field sites back 1950 if these same NIMBYS back then protested You wouldn't be here!
Don't all be NIMBYS because most people who read this are living in houses that were built on green field sites back 1950 if these same NIMBYS back then protested You wouldn't be here! Living the La Vida Legra
  • Score: -9

1:11am Sat 10 May 14

Kim Gandy says...

Howard Cháse wrote:
A few more trays of pies and crates of ale required and the rubber stamp will be inked.
You have used that phrase a lot now.

Having been a councillor myself I have to say you have rather a simplistic view.

Not all of them are a member of the "pie and ale" club nor do they all take brown envelopes.

In my four years of office I never took one brown envelope and never even claimed expenses.

In my opinion green belt should NEVER be built on. That's a piece of Tory policy I find utterly repellent.
[quote][p][bold]Howard Cháse[/bold] wrote: A few more trays of pies and crates of ale required and the rubber stamp will be inked.[/p][/quote]You have used that phrase a lot now. Having been a councillor myself I have to say you have rather a simplistic view. Not all of them are a member of the "pie and ale" club nor do they all take brown envelopes. In my four years of office I never took one brown envelope and never even claimed expenses. In my opinion green belt should NEVER be built on. That's a piece of Tory policy I find utterly repellent. Kim Gandy
  • Score: 7

10:08am Sat 10 May 14

upset says...

andyh wrote:
Living the La Vida Legra wrote:
New application going in on Monday with revised total of 156 plots
And other slight modifications. I would think that this will be passed after going to Mr Pickeles. Just a heads up lol
Oh, were there 22 plots for "social housing" then that will have been removed?

cynics-r-us.
I hope the 22 were on Spinkies land, so he is not able to sell his land for development.
[quote][p][bold]andyh[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Living the La Vida Legra[/bold] wrote: New application going in on Monday with revised total of 156 plots And other slight modifications. I would think that this will be passed after going to Mr Pickeles. Just a heads up lol[/p][/quote]Oh, were there 22 plots for "social housing" then that will have been removed? cynics-r-us.[/p][/quote]I hope the 22 were on Spinkies land, so he is not able to sell his land for development. upset
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8:22pm Mon 12 May 14

ThisYear says...

Kim Gandy wrote:
Howard Cháse wrote:
A few more trays of pies and crates of ale required and the rubber stamp will be inked.
You have used that phrase a lot now.

Having been a councillor myself I have to say you have rather a simplistic view.

Not all of them are a member of the "pie and ale" club nor do they all take brown envelopes.

In my four years of office I never took one brown envelope and never even claimed expenses.

In my opinion green belt should NEVER be built on. That's a piece of Tory policy I find utterly repellent.
What is a non-political councillor...why do you refuse to say what you were for '4 years'?
[quote][p][bold]Kim Gandy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Howard Cháse[/bold] wrote: A few more trays of pies and crates of ale required and the rubber stamp will be inked.[/p][/quote]You have used that phrase a lot now. Having been a councillor myself I have to say you have rather a simplistic view. Not all of them are a member of the "pie and ale" club nor do they all take brown envelopes. In my four years of office I never took one brown envelope and never even claimed expenses. In my opinion green belt should NEVER be built on. That's a piece of Tory policy I find utterly repellent.[/p][/quote]What is a non-political councillor...why do you refuse to say what you were for '4 years'? ThisYear
  • Score: 0

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