We really don’t want 4,000 new homes in Castle Point: More than 100 residents turn out in force to lobby politicians

We really don’t want 4,000 new homes in Castle Point: More than 100 residents turn out in force to lobby politicians

We really don’t want 4,000 new homes in Castle Point: More than 100 residents turn out in force to lobby politicians

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MORE than 100 angry residents packed a Benfleet community hall to protest against plans for thousands of new homes in their neighbourhood.

Richmond Hall, in Richmond Avenue, was packed with people eager to make their views known on Castle Point Council’s plans to allow 4,000 new homes to be built in the borough by 2031.

The amount of furious neighbours took the council by surprise as the meeting was intended to be a regular council surgery, but campaigners rallied together to make their voices heard.

One 56-year-old man said: “What you are saying about needing homes for our youngsters is poppycock.

“There are lots of homes up for sale at the moment.”

There were fears the road network would buckle under the pressure of extra cars and councillors faced a backlash as the meeting became more heated. 

People also criticised the council for not giving enough consideration to developing the Blinking Owl site, or pursuing businessman Ray Dove’s proposal to move Manor Trading estate on to the Blinking Owl site and build new homes on the industrial estate.

Instead the council has earmarked it for potential development after 2031.

Robert Baillie, 64, of St Mary’s Close, Benfleet, added: “This is just being railroaded through.

“I do not feel these councillors are listening to us at all.”

Jacqui Thornton, 51, of Catherine Road, Benfleet, said: “What brown field sites did they look at before including green belt sites?”

Jeffrey Stanley, deputy leader of the council, said: “What we have seen is that clearly people are very strongly opposed to the number of houses but no one was able to come up with a solution of where else to put them.

“As councillors we have a lot of information given to us and what surprised me was not the lack of information but that people were lacking bits of knowledge. We have got to make certain that the information that goes out in our consultation is sufficient enough for people to come to a rational decision on what’s being proposed.

“We will listen to developers as well who will come forward so long as their plans are watertight.

“All the evidence suggests the Blinking Owl site is not a realistic site capable of being developed in the planning period. We have reserved it for the long term to give land owners the chance to discuss this.”

Castle Point’s Local Plan is out for eight-week public consultation, which runs until March 21.

For more information, visit castlepoint.limehouse.co.uk/portal/planning/nlp

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1:02pm Sun 2 Feb 14

You'dfeelbetterforknowingthat says...

Trouble being, its not open for debate.
Trouble being, its not open for debate. You'dfeelbetterforknowingthat
  • Score: 5

1:16pm Sun 2 Feb 14

Howard Cháse says...

They are not interested in what the public think this will happe wbether they like it or not.

If you continue to vote for these people you will pay.....
They are not interested in what the public think this will happe wbether they like it or not. If you continue to vote for these people you will pay..... Howard Cháse
  • Score: 19

1:25pm Sun 2 Feb 14

Jack222 says...

Some NIMBY locals obviously don't want it, but the country is desperate for new houses so they need to be built around the country. Look at the big picture!

And I bet the NIMBY complainers will be the first to whinge when there are not enough local houses for their children to live in the area...
Some NIMBY locals obviously don't want it, but the country is desperate for new houses so they need to be built around the country. Look at the big picture! And I bet the NIMBY complainers will be the first to whinge when there are not enough local houses for their children to live in the area... Jack222
  • Score: -16

2:10pm Sun 2 Feb 14

Old Southendian says...

So the protestors are suggesting the Blinking Owl site proposal as featured in the Echo on 5 Nov 2013. The suggested site map includes existing areas of Green Belt, and 30 years ago the whole of the area was Green Belt, but has been subject to creeping commercialisation and industrialisation which the council have either been unable to or failed to control.

Seems to me that houses are fine in some one else's green backyard, but not their green back yard.

Obviously a clear case of NIMBYism.
So the protestors are suggesting the Blinking Owl site proposal as featured in the Echo on 5 Nov 2013. The suggested site map includes existing areas of Green Belt, and 30 years ago the whole of the area was Green Belt, but has been subject to creeping commercialisation and industrialisation which the council have either been unable to or failed to control. Seems to me that houses are fine in some one else's green backyard, but not their green back yard. Obviously a clear case of NIMBYism. Old Southendian
  • Score: -11

4:13pm Sun 2 Feb 14

Kim Gandy says...

"Jeffrey Stanley, deputy leader of the council, said: “What we have seen is that clearly people are very strongly opposed to the number of houses but no one was able to come up with a solution of where else to put them."

That's your problem, you're the elected representatives. They don't want it and that's that.

You are public servants so you need to listen.
"Jeffrey Stanley, deputy leader of the council, said: “What we have seen is that clearly people are very strongly opposed to the number of houses but no one was able to come up with a solution of where else to put them." That's your problem, you're the elected representatives. They don't want it and that's that. You are public servants so you need to listen. Kim Gandy
  • Score: 16

4:28pm Sun 2 Feb 14

Eric the Red says...

Jack222 wrote:
Some NIMBY locals obviously don't want it, but the country is desperate for new houses so they need to be built around the country. Look at the big picture!

And I bet the NIMBY complainers will be the first to whinge when there are not enough local houses for their children to live in the area...
We don't need more houses - just fewer people. You've been fed a lie, and you believe it.
[quote][p][bold]Jack222[/bold] wrote: Some NIMBY locals obviously don't want it, but the country is desperate for new houses so they need to be built around the country. Look at the big picture! And I bet the NIMBY complainers will be the first to whinge when there are not enough local houses for their children to live in the area...[/p][/quote]We don't need more houses - just fewer people. You've been fed a lie, and you believe it. Eric the Red
  • Score: 16

6:24pm Sun 2 Feb 14

CHRISTMAS CAROL says...

People need houses. Its ok to object when you are living in a warm damp free house. Green belt land is ok to a certain extent but too much and all the greedy farmers with fallow land who want to make a killing should be shot.
People need houses. Its ok to object when you are living in a warm damp free house. Green belt land is ok to a certain extent but too much and all the greedy farmers with fallow land who want to make a killing should be shot. CHRISTMAS CAROL
  • Score: -1

2:50pm Wed 5 Feb 14

ThisYear says...

Eric the Red wrote:
Jack222 wrote:
Some NIMBY locals obviously don't want it, but the country is desperate for new houses so they need to be built around the country. Look at the big picture!

And I bet the NIMBY complainers will be the first to whinge when there are not enough local houses for their children to live in the area...
We don't need more houses - just fewer people. You've been fed a lie, and you believe it.
How do you propose this vision of producing less people should/could be achieved?
[quote][p][bold]Eric the Red[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Jack222[/bold] wrote: Some NIMBY locals obviously don't want it, but the country is desperate for new houses so they need to be built around the country. Look at the big picture! And I bet the NIMBY complainers will be the first to whinge when there are not enough local houses for their children to live in the area...[/p][/quote]We don't need more houses - just fewer people. You've been fed a lie, and you believe it.[/p][/quote]How do you propose this vision of producing less people should/could be achieved? ThisYear
  • Score: 0

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