Eric Pickles refuses plans for 750 homes on green belt land

Echo: Bowers Gifford residents fought the proposals Bowers Gifford residents fought the proposals

GREEN belt land at Bowers Gifford has been saved from development.

Residents campaigning against Meridian Strategic Land’s plans for 750 houses off Pound Lane, Bowers Gifford, waited four months for the Secretary of State’s decision following a public inquiry.

Basildon Council refused the application in September, but Meridian, on behalf of Nottinghamshire County Council’s Pension Fund who bought the land for a reported £4.2m, appealed the decision.

Secretary of State, Eric Pickles backed the planning inspectorate’s recommendation on Tuesday to refuse Meridian’s appeal to build on the land at Little Chalvedon Hall Farm off Homestead Road.

The decision found the development of the land would be inappropriate, harm the green belt and increase traffic volumes to an unacceptable level.

Full story in Thursday’s Echo.

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2:30pm Wed 18 Jun 14

rayleighrunner says...

Well if that's the case, how can they possibly permit building on green belt land in Rayleigh? That will cause increase traffic, noise, pollution etc. ? This latest win for Bowers Gifford follows residents in Billericay winning their appeal against building on green belt land...cant help think Rayleigh is getting royally rogered!
Well if that's the case, how can they possibly permit building on green belt land in Rayleigh? That will cause increase traffic, noise, pollution etc. ? This latest win for Bowers Gifford follows residents in Billericay winning their appeal against building on green belt land...cant help think Rayleigh is getting royally rogered! rayleighrunner
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2:41pm Wed 18 Jun 14

pembury53 says...

seemed like an ideal location for these 700+ homes, better anyway, than the soon to be concreted over, jotmans and rayleigh......
seemed like an ideal location for these 700+ homes, better anyway, than the soon to be concreted over, jotmans and rayleigh...... pembury53
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6:40pm Wed 18 Jun 14

mikepaterson says...

pembury53 wrote:
seemed like an ideal location for these 700+ homes, better anyway, than the soon to be concreted over, jotmans and rayleigh......
I think you must have no idea what you are talking about. This land is a fundamental part of greenbelt.
[quote][p][bold]pembury53[/bold] wrote: seemed like an ideal location for these 700+ homes, better anyway, than the soon to be concreted over, jotmans and rayleigh......[/p][/quote]I think you must have no idea what you are talking about. This land is a fundamental part of greenbelt. mikepaterson
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6:57pm Wed 18 Jun 14

mikepaterson says...

rayleighrunner wrote:
Well if that's the case, how can they possibly permit building on green belt land in Rayleigh? That will cause increase traffic, noise, pollution etc. ? This latest win for Bowers Gifford follows residents in Billericay winning their appeal against building on green belt land...cant help think Rayleigh is getting royally rogered!
The win was actually by the Basildon Council who have always fought against this development, though of course the residents made their feelings known. The recent change of heart in Billericay was made by the council due to the action of the Billericay residents. I do not believe that there was any hjudicial appeal involved as the District Plan has not yet been approved or adopted.
[quote][p][bold]rayleighrunner[/bold] wrote: Well if that's the case, how can they possibly permit building on green belt land in Rayleigh? That will cause increase traffic, noise, pollution etc. ? This latest win for Bowers Gifford follows residents in Billericay winning their appeal against building on green belt land...cant help think Rayleigh is getting royally rogered![/p][/quote]The win was actually by the Basildon Council who have always fought against this development, though of course the residents made their feelings known. The recent change of heart in Billericay was made by the council due to the action of the Billericay residents. I do not believe that there was any hjudicial appeal involved as the District Plan has not yet been approved or adopted. mikepaterson
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11:47pm Wed 18 Jun 14

Nowthatsworthknowing says...

Looks like Hawkwell will get theirs....
Looks like Hawkwell will get theirs.... Nowthatsworthknowing
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8:05am Thu 19 Jun 14

pembury53 says...

so which locations currently under threat of development, are not a 'fundamental part of the green belt' ?
so which locations currently under threat of development, are not a 'fundamental part of the green belt' ? pembury53
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8:58am Thu 19 Jun 14

karen@bowersgifford says...

Personally i think ,whether the green belt land is in Basildon, Rayleigh Southend or anywhere in our surrounding area it shouldn't be built on . We done have facilities to cope with the vast amount people moving into the area. So please don't be a nimby.I live in Bowers Gifford I still don't want building here or any of the surrounding area.!
Personally i think ,whether the green belt land is in Basildon, Rayleigh Southend or anywhere in our surrounding area it shouldn't be built on . We done have facilities to cope with the vast amount people moving into the area. So please don't be a nimby.I live in Bowers Gifford I still don't want building here or any of the surrounding area.! karen@bowersgifford
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7:46pm Sun 22 Jun 14

beverman says...

karen@bowersgifford wrote:
Personally i think ,whether the green belt land is in Basildon, Rayleigh Southend or anywhere in our surrounding area it shouldn't be built on . We done have facilities to cope with the vast amount people moving into the area. So please don't be a nimby.I live in Bowers Gifford I still don't want building here or any of the surrounding area.!
Karen@bowersgifford, that's brilliant.....I live in Bowers Gifford but stuff everyone else because I don't want any more people to live here like me. No more houses like mine!!!!!
[quote][p][bold]karen@bowersgifford[/bold] wrote: Personally i think ,whether the green belt land is in Basildon, Rayleigh Southend or anywhere in our surrounding area it shouldn't be built on . We done have facilities to cope with the vast amount people moving into the area. So please don't be a nimby.I live in Bowers Gifford I still don't want building here or any of the surrounding area.![/p][/quote]Karen@bowersgifford, that's brilliant.....I live in Bowers Gifford but stuff everyone else because I don't want any more people to live here like me. No more houses like mine!!!!! beverman
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