Plans for 250 homes on Benfleet green belt set to be unveiled

Echo: Under threat - green belt land at Jotmans Farm in Benfleet Under threat - green belt land at Jotmans Farm in Benfleet

CONTROVERSIAL plans to build 250 homes on green belt in Benfleet are set to go on display.

Developer Persimmon Homes is gearing up to submit an application to build hundreds of homes on Jotmans Hall Farm, off Jotmans Lane.

Worried neighbours fear it could be the tip of the iceberg as the company’s former proposals for the site was for 600 homes.

Now, residents will be able to get a first look at the plans at a two-day exhibition later this month.

A spokesman from Persimmon said: “The aim of the exhibition is to discuss our plans with the local community and to hear the views of local residents, businesses and stakeholders as well as those people looking for an affordable new home or who are on a council waiting list.”

This comes after developer Redrow Homes held a similar exhibition to build more than 150 homes on green belt land off Felstead Road, Thundersley.

Under Government legislation, Castle Point Council is required to make provision for 1,200 additional properties across the borough by 2018.

The council has so far earmarked sites for 1,008 of these as part of its new development strategy for the borough, with 559 set to be built on mainland Castle Point and the remaining 449 on Canvey.

Green belt activists, who have been battling to preserve the site for years, are urging residents to turn out in full force to put forward their views.

Sharon Knight, of Philmead, Benfleet, said: “Make no mistake, this is only the first phase and once this is approved all of the homes from the original plans will be built.

“Residents of Benfleet and surrounding areas who think they are not affected by this should take note. All this additional traffic will be routed through Jotmans Lane and onto the High Street, then the A13.

“If we don’t show a united front, these will be built. This will forever change the landscape of Castle Point.”

The exhibition will take place at Richmond Hall, off Richmond Avenue, Benfleet from 1pm to 5pm on November 23 and from 10am to 4pm on November 24.

Consultation for the plans will end on December 14.

Feedback forms will be available for download from November 23 at www.jotmanslane.com or by contacting 0800 3196111 or consultation@jotmanslane.com

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5:05pm Wed 14 Nov 12

Eric Whim says...

No more houses on Green Belt land!
No more houses on Green Belt land! Eric Whim

5:27pm Wed 14 Nov 12

Olivia2847 says...

Here we go again! CP council rolling over in the face of 'government legislation' - I hope all the voters who voted for Nan Pat are smiling now ....
Here we go again! CP council rolling over in the face of 'government legislation' - I hope all the voters who voted for Nan Pat are smiling now .... Olivia2847

5:53pm Wed 14 Nov 12

largo1 says...

blah blah blah *yawn*
blah blah blah *yawn* largo1

5:54pm Wed 14 Nov 12

Olivia2847 says...

largo1 wrote:
blah blah blah *yawn*
Crickey I agree with you for once ....
[quote][p][bold]largo1[/bold] wrote: blah blah blah *yawn*[/p][/quote]Crickey I agree with you for once .... Olivia2847

6:42pm Wed 14 Nov 12

GentleGiant says...

The sooner these are built the better :)
The sooner these are built the better :) GentleGiant

6:46pm Wed 14 Nov 12

Olivia2847 says...

GentleGiant wrote:
The sooner these are built the better :)
Trust you to antagonise everyone ...
[quote][p][bold]GentleGiant[/bold] wrote: The sooner these are built the better :)[/p][/quote]Trust you to antagonise everyone ... Olivia2847

7:12pm Wed 14 Nov 12

John T Pharro says...

Good luck to the protesters in their efforts, just hope your objections will be dealt with by your mainland Councillors sympathetically and professionally taking into,account the concerns of local residents and that the any development at least will be in keeping with the area and not overdeveloped.
Unlike what the nearly 400 residents, who didn't object to development at Canvey Supply only that it was in keeping with properties in the area and not overdeveloped. We had absolutely none, result 86 flats, 16 houses on an area the Borough Plan had for approximately 35 properties.
We also had no support, despite asking, from our MP.
Good luck to the protesters in their efforts, just hope your objections will be dealt with by your mainland Councillors sympathetically and professionally taking into,account the concerns of local residents and that the any development at least will be in keeping with the area and not overdeveloped. Unlike what the nearly 400 residents, who didn't object to development at Canvey Supply only that it was in keeping with properties in the area and not overdeveloped. We had absolutely none, result 86 flats, 16 houses on an area the Borough Plan had for approximately 35 properties. We also had no support, despite asking, from our MP. John T Pharro

8:23pm Wed 14 Nov 12

upset says...

Unlike what the nearly 400 residents, who didn't object to development at Canvey Supply only that it was in keeping with properties in the area and not overdeveloped.

What do you mean John?
Unlike what the nearly 400 residents, who didn't object to development at Canvey Supply only that it was in keeping with properties in the area and not overdeveloped. What do you mean John? upset

9:02pm Wed 14 Nov 12

John T Pharro says...

upset wrote:
Unlike what the nearly 400 residents, who didn't object to development at Canvey Supply only that it was in keeping with properties in the area and not overdeveloped.

What do you mean John?
Usual silly comment did 400 residents write in support? Answer No. Actually as far as Inam aware none did. By your definition every application would be passed because never do over half the Borough object do they?
What is your theory everyone who doesn't object is in favour?
Incidentally were you interested enough to actually write in in support?
[quote][p][bold]upset[/bold] wrote: Unlike what the nearly 400 residents, who didn't object to development at Canvey Supply only that it was in keeping with properties in the area and not overdeveloped. What do you mean John?[/p][/quote]Usual silly comment did 400 residents write in support? Answer No. Actually as far as Inam aware none did. By your definition every application would be passed because never do over half the Borough object do they? What is your theory everyone who doesn't object is in favour? Incidentally were you interested enough to actually write in in support? John T Pharro

9:31pm Wed 14 Nov 12

benfleet101 says...

Help Stop Castle Point Council removing land from the Green Belt just so it can hand it over to the developers. The government needs quick construction projects to kick start the economy so they will hand out a substantial sum to the council (New Homes Bonus) for every new home they can build, that's the true motive behind this. It takes too long to prepare many brownfield sites and they are not attractive to Developers... so let's give them the Green Belt! http://www.facebook.
com/groups/129476140
532865/?notif_t=grou
p_r2j
Help Stop Castle Point Council removing land from the Green Belt just so it can hand it over to the developers. The government needs quick construction projects to kick start the economy so they will hand out a substantial sum to the council (New Homes Bonus) for every new home they can build, that's the true motive behind this. It takes too long to prepare many brownfield sites and they are not attractive to Developers... so let's give them the Green Belt! http://www.facebook. com/groups/129476140 532865/?notif_t=grou p_r2j benfleet101

11:30pm Wed 14 Nov 12

BMNO6 says...

Castle Point, working class east end Torys, fickle bunch, fact.
Castle Point, working class east end Torys, fickle bunch, fact. BMNO6

12:01pm Thu 15 Nov 12

Ragamuffin says...

If these houses are built the area will be changed for the worst forever. The houses will be sold to landlords who will rent them out to all and sundry along with the multitude of asylum seekers and illegal immigrants piling into the country. You will pay for them via your taxes in the form of benefit. It will affect yourchildren'sfuture
s/schools/traffic/cr
ime levels/environment/l
ivelyhoods etc etc. The houses will not even be built by the British workforce. One cannot go any further than Shoeburyness because we will all be in the North Sea.
Thank you.
If these houses are built the area will be changed for the worst forever. The houses will be sold to landlords who will rent them out to all and sundry along with the multitude of asylum seekers and illegal immigrants piling into the country. You will pay for them via your taxes in the form of benefit. It will affect yourchildren'sfuture s/schools/traffic/cr ime levels/environment/l ivelyhoods etc etc. The houses will not even be built by the British workforce. One cannot go any further than Shoeburyness because we will all be in the North Sea. Thank you. Ragamuffin

12:26pm Thu 15 Nov 12

GentleGiant says...

We need the houses built - castle point needs them.

I have written to the council in support of the plans, and have encouraged many of my neighbours to do the same.

Might even leaflet the area to encourage others.

It is only NIMBY's that do not want them.
We need the houses built - castle point needs them. I have written to the council in support of the plans, and have encouraged many of my neighbours to do the same. Might even leaflet the area to encourage others. It is only NIMBY's that do not want them. GentleGiant

12:39pm Thu 15 Nov 12

Ragamuffin says...

Well done GentleGiant the council needs all the support it can get.
Well done GentleGiant the council needs all the support it can get. Ragamuffin

1:41pm Thu 15 Nov 12

transparency please says...

If not wanting inapropriate building on greenbelt land,not wanting the roads blocked by the huge increase in cars,not wanting the roads out of Castlepoint being jammed,not wanting to wait weeks to get appointments for our already busy doctors and dentists,wanting my children and the future children of our borough to have places at schools and wildlife to enjoy then I am a Nimby and proud.Those that wish for this destruction in the fantasy that these homes will be for local people on the council waiting list or that will benefit from the affordable housing then you should support them for the many more that oppose these plans then I urge you to voice your opposition.
If not wanting inapropriate building on greenbelt land,not wanting the roads blocked by the huge increase in cars,not wanting the roads out of Castlepoint being jammed,not wanting to wait weeks to get appointments for our already busy doctors and dentists,wanting my children and the future children of our borough to have places at schools and wildlife to enjoy then I am a Nimby and proud.Those that wish for this destruction in the fantasy that these homes will be for local people on the council waiting list or that will benefit from the affordable housing then you should support them for the many more that oppose these plans then I urge you to voice your opposition. transparency please

2:52pm Thu 15 Nov 12

lillie1967 says...

i am not a resident so cannot be classed as a NIMBY ....instead i have to put up with the old Eon site being developed with 110 so called houses when in fact who is going to be able to afford them as the developers are out to get as much money as possible for them so they will not be affordable housing, not in Rayleigh anyway, nothing is affordable in Rayleigh...what with the complete and outrageous mess every morning this developement is causing with no clean up, the extra traffic on the infrastructure (not to mention the TESCO which cannot cope with the idiots who go in there knowing there's nowhere to park and just cause obstructions with their cars....its all too much. Dont they realise what devastation this is doing to the people here...they're morons with their eye only on the money and if they can get their own way with not too much hassle from the natives the better....this moronic attutude from the council and government to run roughshod over residence is totally unacceptable. I would like to move (and yes there will be someone who says 'if you dont like it move) to the country but am afraid there is not much left, not any that's not being earmarked for developement anyway. Its outrageous that we had the Dale Farm debarcle over so called green belt with all the advertising they got and all the heartfelt bleeting but when it comes to green belt being used for so called 'needed' housing there's no support at all...save our green belt you cretins..when its gone its gone and you'll never get it back
i am not a resident so cannot be classed as a NIMBY ....instead i have to put up with the old Eon site being developed with 110 so called houses when in fact who is going to be able to afford them as the developers are out to get as much money as possible for them so they will not be affordable housing, not in Rayleigh anyway, nothing is affordable in Rayleigh...what with the complete and outrageous mess every morning this developement is causing with no clean up, the extra traffic on the infrastructure (not to mention the TESCO which cannot cope with the idiots who go in there knowing there's nowhere to park and just cause obstructions with their cars....its all too much. Dont they realise what devastation this is doing to the people here...they're morons with their eye only on the money and if they can get their own way with not too much hassle from the natives the better....this moronic attutude from the council and government to run roughshod over residence is totally unacceptable. I would like to move (and yes there will be someone who says 'if you dont like it move) to the country but am afraid there is not much left, not any that's not being earmarked for developement anyway. Its outrageous that we had the Dale Farm debarcle over so called green belt with all the advertising they got and all the heartfelt bleeting but when it comes to green belt being used for so called 'needed' housing there's no support at all...save our green belt you cretins..when its gone its gone and you'll never get it back lillie1967

4:02pm Thu 15 Nov 12

John T Pharro says...

transparency please wrote:
If not wanting inapropriate building on greenbelt land,not wanting the roads blocked by the huge increase in cars,not wanting the roads out of Castlepoint being jammed,not wanting to wait weeks to get appointments for our already busy doctors and dentists,wanting my children and the future children of our borough to have places at schools and wildlife to enjoy then I am a Nimby and proud.Those that wish for this destruction in the fantasy that these homes will be for local people on the council waiting list or that will benefit from the affordable housing then you should support them for the many more that oppose these plans then I urge you to voice your opposition.
Absoluly right. As the population of Castle Point is unchanged since the 2001 census do others wonder like me just who are some of these people on the housing list and why?
My adult son lives at home and cannot afford to buy a house. Should he be on the housing list if be wants "his own space'?
In this day and age are housing lists huge because some people demand the right to having a place of their own?
Top of the housing list are, or used to be, families with children. So why so are so many flats being built which are totally unsuitable for children?
It seems families of all generations living together is not just a thing if the past, but is it adding to a demand for more housing as a right?
[quote][p][bold]transparency please[/bold] wrote: If not wanting inapropriate building on greenbelt land,not wanting the roads blocked by the huge increase in cars,not wanting the roads out of Castlepoint being jammed,not wanting to wait weeks to get appointments for our already busy doctors and dentists,wanting my children and the future children of our borough to have places at schools and wildlife to enjoy then I am a Nimby and proud.Those that wish for this destruction in the fantasy that these homes will be for local people on the council waiting list or that will benefit from the affordable housing then you should support them for the many more that oppose these plans then I urge you to voice your opposition.[/p][/quote]Absoluly right. As the population of Castle Point is unchanged since the 2001 census do others wonder like me just who are some of these people on the housing list and why? My adult son lives at home and cannot afford to buy a house. Should he be on the housing list if be wants "his own space'? In this day and age are housing lists huge because some people demand the right to having a place of their own? Top of the housing list are, or used to be, families with children. So why so are so many flats being built which are totally unsuitable for children? It seems families of all generations living together is not just a thing if the past, but is it adding to a demand for more housing as a right? John T Pharro

4:19pm Thu 15 Nov 12

John T Pharro says...

Is it actually "Government legislation" to build houses as quoted which would be a legal requirement or "Government Guidelines" which would be a recommendation and not a legal requirement?
Is it actually "Government legislation" to build houses as quoted which would be a legal requirement or "Government Guidelines" which would be a recommendation and not a legal requirement? John T Pharro

10:35am Fri 16 Nov 12

GentleGiant says...

Not much country left - LOL what a joke.

Benfleet is an urban area for starters - move outside of the area and there are miles and miles of countryside which will never get built upon. A countryside that I enjoy visiting and using.

Don't live on the A13 corridor if you want countryside.

Bit like the fools who move near an airport and then moan about it's expansion. Don't live there in the first place, unless you can cope with expansion. After all the house you are living in was built on a farmers field at some point, or the property before yours,

Simples.
Not much country left - LOL what a joke. Benfleet is an urban area for starters - move outside of the area and there are miles and miles of countryside which will never get built upon. A countryside that I enjoy visiting and using. Don't live on the A13 corridor if you want countryside. Bit like the fools who move near an airport and then moan about it's expansion. Don't live there in the first place, unless you can cope with expansion. After all the house you are living in was built on a farmers field at some point, or the property before yours, Simples. GentleGiant

12:04pm Fri 16 Nov 12

Ragamuffin says...

Thanks Gentlegiant you really are too good to be wasting your time on here.
Get into politics I'm sure you could do well for your constitutecy.
Thanks Gentlegiant you really are too good to be wasting your time on here. Get into politics I'm sure you could do well for your constitutecy. Ragamuffin

7:10pm Sat 17 Nov 12

John T Pharro says...

Ragamuffin wrote:
Thanks Gentlegiant you really are too good to be wasting your time on here.
Get into politics I'm sure you could do well for your constitutecy.
Do you think our current MP is "doing well for our constituents" in Castle Point?
[quote][p][bold]Ragamuffin[/bold] wrote: Thanks Gentlegiant you really are too good to be wasting your time on here. Get into politics I'm sure you could do well for your constitutecy.[/p][/quote]Do you think our current MP is "doing well for our constituents" in Castle Point? John T Pharro

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