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Developer lodges appeal over 750 homes rejection
DEVELOPERS behind rejected plans to build 750 homes on green belt land have confirmed they will appeal against the decision.
A spokesman for Meridian Strategic Land said the refusal for the estate on land off Pound Lane, Bowers Gifford, was based on lack of “commitment” to build a primary school, doctor’s surgery and village centre.
It has vowed to build the community facilities under a planning agreement, but would have to finalise the arrangements if its appeal is upheld.
The plans were rejected by Basildon Council last month after a 5,000-signature petition and 100 people turning out to campaign against the proposals.
The independent Planning Inspectorate will now make a decision on the application in February.
Meridian spokesman David Newberry said: “We have provided Basildon Council with quite a detailed rundown of the provisions.
“As we get closer to the appeal, we will offer the Section 106 agreement to the council.
“Basildon Council has consistently defaulted in providing enough houses for residents.
“We believe it needs to find another 3,000 to 3,500 dwellings on green belt to meet its needs.
It is just a question of where.”
Aberdeen Asset Management, acting for the Nottinghamshire Pension Fund, bought the land as an investment to help provide pensions for public sector employees in Nottinghamshire.
Bowers Gifford and North Benfleet Residents’ Association is compiling its argument against the developer’s reasons for appeal.
Rose Griffin, chairman, said: “We believe this development will open the floodgates for more homes.
“We don’t need a new school there because our local schools already take people from outside the area.”
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