Last attempt to save Dry Street

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DETERMINED campaigners have pledged thousands of pounds of their own money towards a lastditch attempt to stop 725 homes being built on a beauty spot.

Basildon’s Green Action Group spent two hours in the High Court convincing a judge to let them lodge a judicial review into the controversial Dry Street plans, but their request was thrown out.

However, the campaigners have now voted to appeal this decision.

It is their one last chance to put a stop to the controversial development, which was passed by Basildon Council last year despite 838 letters of objection and a 5,000-signature protest petition.

Money raised from the sale of the 725 houses on the Langdon Hills meadow, which is classified as a wildlife site, would be used to fund a new South Essex College site in the town centre.

Longwood Equestrian Centre will also be built on.

Action group secretary Miriam Heppell, 52, of Gaynesford, Laindon, said: “The council doesn’t understand the incredible sense of community involvement in this issue and how many people are prepared to support us in our fight to save a valuable wildlife area, Longwood Equestrian Centre and to prevent our local infrastructure being severely strained.

“This is our very last chance.

“We've gone this far, so it has got to be worth a go.”

If the action group wins its appeal, a full judicial reviewwill take place in the High Court.

Should a judge side with the campaigners then the Homes and Communities Agency, which owns the land, will have to come up with a whole new design – or the scheme could be thrown out altogether.

The lengthy legal battle comes at a cost.

The Green Action Group will have to fork out £10,000 preparing its case, and if it loses, will have to pay Basildon Council £5,000 for legal costs.

During an emergency meeting at Leigh Chapel South community centre, 96 residents pledged their financial support and unanimously voted to lodge the appeal.

Geoff Williams, leader of Basildon's Lib Dem party and ward councillor for Nethermayne, chaired the meeting.

He said: “There was an excellent turnout and it was important the community gave its backing to any further action, which they did wholeheartedly.

“It’s another step in the legal process, and I just hope this time it’s successful.”

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10:37am Mon 19 May 14

Howard Cháse says...

Unfortunately being south of the A127 this is almost certainly a done deal. Already rubber stamped by Tiny Ball, Blakey, Buckley and Co.
Unfortunately being south of the A127 this is almost certainly a done deal. Already rubber stamped by Tiny Ball, Blakey, Buckley and Co. Howard Cháse
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12:58pm Mon 19 May 14

pembury53 says...

I bet they're rolling about in billericay, at the plight of the 'little people'......
I bet they're rolling about in billericay, at the plight of the 'little people'...... pembury53
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3:13pm Mon 19 May 14

Sensible Man says...

Good Luck to these people - the appalling Basildon Council should be ashamed. These concrete-loving councillors make me sick. Who needs another stupid pointless college? And this is a TORY council?? My God!!!

VOTE UKIP - kick the concrete-loving Tories OUT!!!!
Good Luck to these people - the appalling Basildon Council should be ashamed. These concrete-loving councillors make me sick. Who needs another stupid pointless college? And this is a TORY council?? My God!!! VOTE UKIP - kick the concrete-loving Tories OUT!!!! Sensible Man
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6:56pm Mon 19 May 14

Living the La Vida Legra says...

Was it cold on the day of the shoot?
Was it cold on the day of the shoot? Living the La Vida Legra
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7:28pm Tue 20 May 14

hothead says...

Sensible Man wrote:
Good Luck to these people - the appalling Basildon Council should be ashamed. These concrete-loving councillors make me sick. Who needs another stupid pointless college? And this is a TORY council?? My God!!!

VOTE UKIP - kick the concrete-loving Tories OUT!!!!
If you haven't heard, there is a huge housing shortage which if unchecked will mean that our children will be unlikely to be able to buy homes, or pay rent due to the shortages. Given that house-building is a necessity and that every council is forced to provide enough homes, I wonder where you think they should be built. Perhaps they should be crammed into the town centers????

Seriously where would you stick the thosands of houses needed?
[quote][p][bold]Sensible Man[/bold] wrote: Good Luck to these people - the appalling Basildon Council should be ashamed. These concrete-loving councillors make me sick. Who needs another stupid pointless college? And this is a TORY council?? My God!!! VOTE UKIP - kick the concrete-loving Tories OUT!!!![/p][/quote]If you haven't heard, there is a huge housing shortage which if unchecked will mean that our children will be unlikely to be able to buy homes, or pay rent due to the shortages. Given that house-building is a necessity and that every council is forced to provide enough homes, I wonder where you think they should be built. Perhaps they should be crammed into the town centers???? Seriously where would you stick the thosands of houses needed? hothead
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9:36am Wed 21 May 14

pembury53 says...

hothead wrote:
Sensible Man wrote: Good Luck to these people - the appalling Basildon Council should be ashamed. These concrete-loving councillors make me sick. Who needs another stupid pointless college? And this is a TORY council?? My God!!! VOTE UKIP - kick the concrete-loving Tories OUT!!!!
If you haven't heard, there is a huge housing shortage which if unchecked will mean that our children will be unlikely to be able to buy homes, or pay rent due to the shortages. Given that house-building is a necessity and that every council is forced to provide enough homes, I wonder where you think they should be built. Perhaps they should be crammed into the town centers???? Seriously where would you stick the thosands of houses needed?
take a look at essex from above, its mostly empty apart from the thames corridor. if you want to preserve the right to have as many kids as you choose, and continue with mass immigration, then entire new towns need to be built, all over the country....... do you seriously believe that cramming a few thousand more homes into the already overcrowded locality will do anything to address the housing shortage locally ? if you do then you are seriously misguided..... all this policy will do is increase the local population, mainly by people moving out of london..... the chances of your children getting a home in future will be about the same as now.... bleak
[quote][p][bold]hothead[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Sensible Man[/bold] wrote: Good Luck to these people - the appalling Basildon Council should be ashamed. These concrete-loving councillors make me sick. Who needs another stupid pointless college? And this is a TORY council?? My God!!! VOTE UKIP - kick the concrete-loving Tories OUT!!!![/p][/quote]If you haven't heard, there is a huge housing shortage which if unchecked will mean that our children will be unlikely to be able to buy homes, or pay rent due to the shortages. Given that house-building is a necessity and that every council is forced to provide enough homes, I wonder where you think they should be built. Perhaps they should be crammed into the town centers???? Seriously where would you stick the thosands of houses needed?[/p][/quote]take a look at essex from above, its mostly empty apart from the thames corridor. if you want to preserve the right to have as many kids as you choose, and continue with mass immigration, then entire new towns need to be built, all over the country....... do you seriously believe that cramming a few thousand more homes into the already overcrowded locality will do anything to address the housing shortage locally ? if you do then you are seriously misguided..... all this policy will do is increase the local population, mainly by people moving out of london..... the chances of your children getting a home in future will be about the same as now.... bleak pembury53
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