Billericay's green belt under threat

Billericay's green belt under threat

Billericay's green belt under threat

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ANGRY residents have been told Billericay’s green belt could be sacrificed for hundreds of homes despite preelection promises it would be saved.

Basildon Council’s Tory administration said earlier this year the town could not cope with 1,400 new houses and would remove them from its local plan.

However, councillors have now admitted Billericay will most likely have to have its share of new homes – although the final amount, and where they will go, has yet to be decided.

Tories have blamed the May election, which left the council with no one party in overall control, and said they could not rely on Ukip to back the building ban on green belt in Billericay.

But Ukip say they want to stop building on green belt across the borough altogether.

Kevin Blake, Tory borough councillor for Billericay and deputy leader at Basildon Council, said they had been left in an impossible situation.

He said: “What officers will recommend for councillors to vote on has not changed.

“What has changed is the structure of the council.

“Ukip do not have any borough councillors in Billericay and it would be quite easy for them to disagree with us.

“That’s why we can’t offer a guarantee.

“Because of this we can’t say ‘no’ to all green belt development in Billericay. The Government could then turn around and say we have to build on it. It would be someone else making the decision for us.

“If we find the best places for development in Billericay we can then have some measure of control over where these homes could be built.”

Following the May election, Basildon Council has 17 Tories, 12 Ukip, ten Labour, two Independent Labour and one Lib Dem.

Kerry Smith, leader of Ukip on Basildon Council, said the claims were nonsense and his party wanted to remove Basildon from the East of England Local Association, which decides on how many new homes each area needs to build. He said: “We do care about Billericay. We have an elected town councillor there and we have no problems working with other parties.

“We don’t want the green belt to be built on anywhere in the borough, not just Billericay.

“It’s not fair that all these homes have been dumped on us by a body which is not elected and not held accountable.

“We want to focus on removing ourselves from the body, which is what we will do if we gain overall majority of the council next year.”

Adam Adshead, of Billericay Action Group, which has been campaigning against development on the green belt, said he was disappointed, but not surprised.

He said: “It’s amazing that so many people in Billericay don’t know this is happening.”

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9:07am Tue 12 Aug 14

Nebs says...

If we are forced to build on green belt then there should be a reverse auction, with landowners bidding a price per house that they are prepared to pay to obtain development planning for their land.
If we are forced to build on green belt then there should be a reverse auction, with landowners bidding a price per house that they are prepared to pay to obtain development planning for their land. Nebs
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9:46am Tue 12 Aug 14

TheWizzard says...

They can't keep building south of the A127, aboiut time billricay took it's share
They can't keep building south of the A127, aboiut time billricay took it's share TheWizzard
  • Score: 3

11:18am Tue 12 Aug 14

Grandmaster says...

Can't understand why Billericay & Wickford feel they should not take there share of the pain. Bottom line is we need more homes. Oh by the way I see nothing to suggest that anyone is suggesting turning Billericay into a concrete jungle. Oh wait a minute that actually happened in the New Town!
Can't understand why Billericay & Wickford feel they should not take there share of the pain. Bottom line is we need more homes. Oh by the way I see nothing to suggest that anyone is suggesting turning Billericay into a concrete jungle. Oh wait a minute that actually happened in the New Town! Grandmaster
  • Score: -2

11:19am Tue 12 Aug 14

Howard Cháse says...

Still plenty of it left in Billericay and its immediate surroundings.


Just wait until they send the bulldozers and diggers into your local parks like they have in Gloucester Park and to a lesser extrnt Northlands Park and all the other green spaces already lost or earmarked for development in Basildon.....
Still plenty of it left in Billericay and its immediate surroundings. Just wait until they send the bulldozers and diggers into your local parks like they have in Gloucester Park and to a lesser extrnt Northlands Park and all the other green spaces already lost or earmarked for development in Basildon..... Howard Cháse
  • Score: 1

12:54pm Tue 12 Aug 14

pembury53 says...

great to hear that development in Billericay is back on the cards..... my preference would be for an immigration detention centre, but failing that, a few thousand 'affordable homes' to assist with the east London exodus would do nicely.....
great to hear that development in Billericay is back on the cards..... my preference would be for an immigration detention centre, but failing that, a few thousand 'affordable homes' to assist with the east London exodus would do nicely..... pembury53
  • Score: -4

1:14pm Tue 12 Aug 14

Howard Cháse says...

pembury53 wrote:
great to hear that development in Billericay is back on the cards..... my preference would be for an immigration detention centre, but failing that, a few thousand 'affordable homes' to assist with the east London exodus would do nicely.....
Don't forget the relocation of The Felmores Bail Hostel and a homeless person's shelter and a couple of new, legal, permanent sites for our Nomadic friends from Ireland.
[quote][p][bold]pembury53[/bold] wrote: great to hear that development in Billericay is back on the cards..... my preference would be for an immigration detention centre, but failing that, a few thousand 'affordable homes' to assist with the east London exodus would do nicely.....[/p][/quote]Don't forget the relocation of The Felmores Bail Hostel and a homeless person's shelter and a couple of new, legal, permanent sites for our Nomadic friends from Ireland. Howard Cháse
  • Score: 2

1:16pm Tue 12 Aug 14

pembury53 says...

Howard Cháse wrote:
pembury53 wrote:
great to hear that development in Billericay is back on the cards..... my preference would be for an immigration detention centre, but failing that, a few thousand 'affordable homes' to assist with the east London exodus would do nicely.....
Don't forget the relocation of The Felmores Bail Hostel and a homeless person's shelter and a couple of new, legal, permanent sites for our Nomadic friends from Ireland.
the more the merrier...
[quote][p][bold]Howard Cháse[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]pembury53[/bold] wrote: great to hear that development in Billericay is back on the cards..... my preference would be for an immigration detention centre, but failing that, a few thousand 'affordable homes' to assist with the east London exodus would do nicely.....[/p][/quote]Don't forget the relocation of The Felmores Bail Hostel and a homeless person's shelter and a couple of new, legal, permanent sites for our Nomadic friends from Ireland.[/p][/quote]the more the merrier... pembury53
  • Score: -1

4:21pm Tue 12 Aug 14

ShipShape says...

They're gonna need a bigger Waitrose.
They're gonna need a bigger Waitrose. ShipShape
  • Score: 4

4:25pm Tue 12 Aug 14

ThisYear says...

Oh dear all the posturing by Mr Tiny Ball and the council seems to have been all for show...or perhaps deception?
Oh dear all the posturing by Mr Tiny Ball and the council seems to have been all for show...or perhaps deception? ThisYear
  • Score: 1

4:53pm Tue 12 Aug 14

Devils Advocate says...

Never happen. They will get a few more protection orders from the Queen or something just as drastic. Don't forget, it was Billericay that asked and got, the new town on their doorstep. who new it was to be used to gather rate income from the factories and good people of Basildon though? Please, please, let this be payback time!
Never happen. They will get a few more protection orders from the Queen or something just as drastic. Don't forget, it was Billericay that asked and got, the new town on their doorstep. who new it was to be used to gather rate income from the factories and good people of Basildon though? Please, please, let this be payback time! Devils Advocate
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6:11pm Tue 12 Aug 14

Deadjim says...

ThisYear wrote:
Oh dear all the posturing by Mr Tiny Ball and the council seems to have been all for show...or perhaps deception?
Or self-deception, given that TB lost the election and his party their majority ?
[quote][p][bold]ThisYear[/bold] wrote: Oh dear all the posturing by Mr Tiny Ball and the council seems to have been all for show...or perhaps deception?[/p][/quote]Or self-deception, given that TB lost the election and his party their majority ? Deadjim
  • Score: 5

10:08pm Tue 12 Aug 14

Kim Gandy says...

How about a traveller site on Sun Corner? But then again, Billericay doesn't tolerate their fare share of traveller sites either. Funny how the police quickly removed them recently but were nowhere in sight when it came to the debacle at Nethermayne last week.

What is it about Billericay? No evidence of craphole areas like some parts of Basildon, or severely pockmarked roads, extensive housing developments and so on.

That said, I agree with Cllr Smith, no green belt should be built on, EVER. That's why it's designated green belt in the first place.

However, Billericay should be prepared to take its fair share of development.
How about a traveller site on Sun Corner? But then again, Billericay doesn't tolerate their fare share of traveller sites either. Funny how the police quickly removed them recently but were nowhere in sight when it came to the debacle at Nethermayne last week. What is it about Billericay? No evidence of craphole areas like some parts of Basildon, or severely pockmarked roads, extensive housing developments and so on. That said, I agree with Cllr Smith, no green belt should be built on, EVER. That's why it's designated green belt in the first place. However, Billericay should be prepared to take its fair share of development. Kim Gandy
  • Score: 0

10:17pm Tue 12 Aug 14

Deadjim says...

Is there much land in Billericay that's not green belt ?
Is there much land in Billericay that's not green belt ? Deadjim
  • Score: 1

10:22pm Tue 12 Aug 14

ThisYear says...

Kim Gandy wrote:
How about a traveller site on Sun Corner? But then again, Billericay doesn't tolerate their fare share of traveller sites either. Funny how the police quickly removed them recently but were nowhere in sight when it came to the debacle at Nethermayne last week.

What is it about Billericay? No evidence of craphole areas like some parts of Basildon, or severely pockmarked roads, extensive housing developments and so on.

That said, I agree with Cllr Smith, no green belt should be built on, EVER. That's why it's designated green belt in the first place.

However, Billericay should be prepared to take its fair share of development.
Gandy a site anywhere would be better than having a racist turd like you for a neighbour..
[quote][p][bold]Kim Gandy[/bold] wrote: How about a traveller site on Sun Corner? But then again, Billericay doesn't tolerate their fare share of traveller sites either. Funny how the police quickly removed them recently but were nowhere in sight when it came to the debacle at Nethermayne last week. What is it about Billericay? No evidence of craphole areas like some parts of Basildon, or severely pockmarked roads, extensive housing developments and so on. That said, I agree with Cllr Smith, no green belt should be built on, EVER. That's why it's designated green belt in the first place. However, Billericay should be prepared to take its fair share of development.[/p][/quote]Gandy a site anywhere would be better than having a racist turd like you for a neighbour.. ThisYear
  • Score: 2

10:48pm Tue 12 Aug 14

Maddogg says...

Dig up Barleylands, lake meadows and be done with it. Allow some space for our Romany friends, a couple of landfill sites, a supermarket or two and the rest as affordable housing , or shelterd housing for the homeless.
What makes Billericay so special? Why should the residents there be any different to the rest of the county?
DIG IT UP.
Dig up Barleylands, lake meadows and be done with it. Allow some space for our Romany friends, a couple of landfill sites, a supermarket or two and the rest as affordable housing , or shelterd housing for the homeless. What makes Billericay so special? Why should the residents there be any different to the rest of the county? DIG IT UP. Maddogg
  • Score: 1

8:10am Wed 13 Aug 14

pembury53 says...

Kim Gandy wrote:
How about a traveller site on Sun Corner? But then again, Billericay doesn't tolerate their fare share of traveller sites either. Funny how the police quickly removed them recently but were nowhere in sight when it came to the debacle at Nethermayne last week.

What is it about Billericay? No evidence of craphole areas like some parts of Basildon, or severely pockmarked roads, extensive housing developments and so on.

That said, I agree with Cllr Smith, no green belt should be built on, EVER. That's why it's designated green belt in the first place.

However, Billericay should be prepared to take its fair share of development.
the 'pointy elbowed' middles class, they know what they want, and how to get it...... and obviously having the 'wedge' does help
[quote][p][bold]Kim Gandy[/bold] wrote: How about a traveller site on Sun Corner? But then again, Billericay doesn't tolerate their fare share of traveller sites either. Funny how the police quickly removed them recently but were nowhere in sight when it came to the debacle at Nethermayne last week. What is it about Billericay? No evidence of craphole areas like some parts of Basildon, or severely pockmarked roads, extensive housing developments and so on. That said, I agree with Cllr Smith, no green belt should be built on, EVER. That's why it's designated green belt in the first place. However, Billericay should be prepared to take its fair share of development.[/p][/quote]the 'pointy elbowed' middles class, they know what they want, and how to get it...... and obviously having the 'wedge' does help pembury53
  • Score: 0

10:59am Wed 13 Aug 14

TheWizzard says...

Deadjim wrote:
Is there much land in Billericay that's not green belt ?
Lake meadows is listed as open space, therefore viable
[quote][p][bold]Deadjim[/bold] wrote: Is there much land in Billericay that's not green belt ?[/p][/quote]Lake meadows is listed as open space, therefore viable TheWizzard
  • Score: 2

11:01am Wed 13 Aug 14

TheWizzard says...

Deadjim wrote:
Is there much land in Billericay that's not green belt ?
Lake meadows is listed as open space, therefore viable, also plenty of available land off mountnessing road and tye common road as well
[quote][p][bold]Deadjim[/bold] wrote: Is there much land in Billericay that's not green belt ?[/p][/quote]Lake meadows is listed as open space, therefore viable, also plenty of available land off mountnessing road and tye common road as well TheWizzard
  • Score: 2

1:27pm Thu 14 Aug 14

Deadjim says...

TheWizzard wrote:
Deadjim wrote:
Is there much land in Billericay that's not green belt ?
Lake meadows is listed as open space, therefore viable, also plenty of available land off mountnessing road and tye common road as well
Think all those areas you mention are designated as green belt but seems that's no longer any guarantee.
[quote][p][bold]TheWizzard[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Deadjim[/bold] wrote: Is there much land in Billericay that's not green belt ?[/p][/quote]Lake meadows is listed as open space, therefore viable, also plenty of available land off mountnessing road and tye common road as well[/p][/quote]Think all those areas you mention are designated as green belt but seems that's no longer any guarantee. Deadjim
  • Score: 0

6:10pm Thu 14 Aug 14

cropped hero says...

Kim Gandy wrote:
How about a traveller site on Sun Corner? But then again, Billericay doesn't tolerate their fare share of traveller sites either. Funny how the police quickly removed them recently but were nowhere in sight when it came to the debacle at Nethermayne last week.

What is it about Billericay? No evidence of craphole areas like some parts of Basildon, or severely pockmarked roads, extensive housing developments and so on.

That said, I agree with Cllr Smith, no green belt should be built on, EVER. That's why it's designated green belt in the first place.

However, Billericay should be prepared to take its fair share of development.
and she's off again. Why does she insist on commenting on the happenings of Baz borough whilst she lives elsewhere? Does she make a nuisance of herself in Rayleigh?

If the Council were to look hard enough I feel certain that there is enough non-green belt land avaialble to make a difference. Billericay doesnt want massive housing estates so lots of smaller housing areas would fit in more easily and raise less objections. But it really is time that both Billericay and Wickford took their fair share of new housing. It is a crime that Dry Street is to be built on, far worse than the council flogging off Gloucester Park. Please remember that the Conservative council allowed this to happen (and yes I am a conservative). They are a two faced lot.
[quote][p][bold]Kim Gandy[/bold] wrote: How about a traveller site on Sun Corner? But then again, Billericay doesn't tolerate their fare share of traveller sites either. Funny how the police quickly removed them recently but were nowhere in sight when it came to the debacle at Nethermayne last week. What is it about Billericay? No evidence of craphole areas like some parts of Basildon, or severely pockmarked roads, extensive housing developments and so on. That said, I agree with Cllr Smith, no green belt should be built on, EVER. That's why it's designated green belt in the first place. However, Billericay should be prepared to take its fair share of development.[/p][/quote]and she's off again. Why does she insist on commenting on the happenings of Baz borough whilst she lives elsewhere? Does she make a nuisance of herself in Rayleigh? If the Council were to look hard enough I feel certain that there is enough non-green belt land avaialble to make a difference. Billericay doesnt want massive housing estates so lots of smaller housing areas would fit in more easily and raise less objections. But it really is time that both Billericay and Wickford took their fair share of new housing. It is a crime that Dry Street is to be built on, far worse than the council flogging off Gloucester Park. Please remember that the Conservative council allowed this to happen (and yes I am a conservative). They are a two faced lot. cropped hero
  • Score: 1

5:45pm Fri 15 Aug 14

Deadjim says...

cropped hero wrote:
Kim Gandy wrote:
How about a traveller site on Sun Corner? But then again, Billericay doesn't tolerate their fare share of traveller sites either. Funny how the police quickly removed them recently but were nowhere in sight when it came to the debacle at Nethermayne last week.

What is it about Billericay? No evidence of craphole areas like some parts of Basildon, or severely pockmarked roads, extensive housing developments and so on.

That said, I agree with Cllr Smith, no green belt should be built on, EVER. That's why it's designated green belt in the first place.

However, Billericay should be prepared to take its fair share of development.
and she's off again. Why does she insist on commenting on the happenings of Baz borough whilst she lives elsewhere? Does she make a nuisance of herself in Rayleigh?

If the Council were to look hard enough I feel certain that there is enough non-green belt land avaialble to make a difference. Billericay doesnt want massive housing estates so lots of smaller housing areas would fit in more easily and raise less objections. But it really is time that both Billericay and Wickford took their fair share of new housing. It is a crime that Dry Street is to be built on, far worse than the council flogging off Gloucester Park. Please remember that the Conservative council allowed this to happen (and yes I am a conservative). They are a two faced lot.
There's another regular commentator from outside the borough - lives in Norfolk.
I doubt if there's enough In-fill pockets of non-green belt land to provide sufficient houses but Billericay and Wickford should take a share and there should be no "ring-fenced" areas.
Conservative councillors are not alone in being two faced - Williams (LD) and Rackley (Lab) are against developing Dry St but both voted to grant travellers planning consent at Dale Farm,which is in the green belt.
Williams of course lives in Dry St.........
[quote][p][bold]cropped hero[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Kim Gandy[/bold] wrote: How about a traveller site on Sun Corner? But then again, Billericay doesn't tolerate their fare share of traveller sites either. Funny how the police quickly removed them recently but were nowhere in sight when it came to the debacle at Nethermayne last week. What is it about Billericay? No evidence of craphole areas like some parts of Basildon, or severely pockmarked roads, extensive housing developments and so on. That said, I agree with Cllr Smith, no green belt should be built on, EVER. That's why it's designated green belt in the first place. However, Billericay should be prepared to take its fair share of development.[/p][/quote]and she's off again. Why does she insist on commenting on the happenings of Baz borough whilst she lives elsewhere? Does she make a nuisance of herself in Rayleigh? If the Council were to look hard enough I feel certain that there is enough non-green belt land avaialble to make a difference. Billericay doesnt want massive housing estates so lots of smaller housing areas would fit in more easily and raise less objections. But it really is time that both Billericay and Wickford took their fair share of new housing. It is a crime that Dry Street is to be built on, far worse than the council flogging off Gloucester Park. Please remember that the Conservative council allowed this to happen (and yes I am a conservative). They are a two faced lot.[/p][/quote]There's another regular commentator from outside the borough - lives in Norfolk. I doubt if there's enough In-fill pockets of non-green belt land to provide sufficient houses but Billericay and Wickford should take a share and there should be no "ring-fenced" areas. Conservative councillors are not alone in being two faced - Williams (LD) and Rackley (Lab) are against developing Dry St but both voted to grant travellers planning consent at Dale Farm,which is in the green belt. Williams of course lives in Dry St......... Deadjim
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