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Canvey to receive £2million boost if 600 homes built at Thorney Bay Caravan Park
2:20pm Thursday 31st January 2013 in Local News
MILLIONS of pounds could be ploughed into improving Canvey’s infrastructure if controversial plans for hundreds of homes at Thorney Bay Caravan Park go ahead.
Outline planning permission was granted for the development of up to 600 homes at a Castle Point Council meeting in September, sparking outrage from residents and councillors who claim it will clog up the island’s roads with extra traffic and put pressure on schools and health facilities.
The plans were approved in principle subject to Section 106 agreement being decided on what contributions land owner and millionaire businessman Jeff King would need to make if formal planning permission is granted.
Now, council planning officers have revealed Mr King could have to splash out more than £2million in financial contributions which include:
- £100,000 towards improving tidal defences
- £1,458 per dwelling towards improving sports and recreation facilities – which could total £874,956
- £655.26 per dwelling towards improving access and signage – which could total £393,156
- £31,644 towards CCTV cameras
- £73,744 per 100 dwellings towards post-sixteen education services – which could total £442,464
- £241 per dwelling towards adult social care –which could total £144,600
- £281 per dwelling for improved library services – which could total £168,888
- An undisclosed financial contribution to health services on Canvey
- A undisclosed financial contribution towards bus service and infrastructure upgrades on Thorney Bay Road
- The provision of new youth facilities
However, concerns have been raised as the latest outline application submitted by Mr King does not specify exactly how many homes will be built.
Graham Bracci, of Holland Avenue, Canvey, said: “Why have the numbers been removed from this application, considering this is supposed to be a step forward from the original plans. I just can’t see how this application can come up for approval without specifying the number of homes.
“It makes it seem to the public he can build as many homes as he wants so long as more money is coming into the area.”
In a report, compiled by Castle Point Council planning officer Anne Harrison, it states: “The further work required following the resolution of the September 4 2012 committee has been undertaken and the statutory and local resident consultation has taken place.
“The details of the application are satisfactory or can be mitigated by the imposition of conditions and through a Section 106 agreement. I have taken all other matters raised by interested parties into consideration, but none are sufficient to outweigh the considerations that led to the recommendation of approval.”
The Echo contacted Mr King but did not receive a response.
A final decision on the proposal will be made at a development control meeting at the council offices in Kiln Road, Thundersley on February 5.
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