Mini town rethink to save green belt

Rethink – Councillor Andrew Sheldon at the Blinking Owl cafe.

Rethink – Councillor Andrew Sheldon at the Blinking Owl cafe.

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COUNCILLORS have agreed to reconsider creating a mini town near the A127 in a bid to save green belt from being built on.

Benfleet councillor Andrew Sheldon lobbied Castle Point Council to consider building a housing estate on the land behind the Blinking Owl Cafe, between the A130 and A127.

His motion was passed during a meeting in Kiln Road, Thundersley, this week, despite fierce opposition from several other councillors.

As a result, the land will be analysed to see if it is suitable for development within the next 17 years and, in turn, it could save the green belt from being used.

Mr Sheldon, who represents St Mary’s ward for the Conservatives, believes the council will make the local plan a success.

He said: “I am delighted the motion has been passed. As far as I amconcerned we are a quarter of a way there.

“I and other councillors will keep on working hard and make sure every single option is considered.”

The council will now set up a group to investigate the suitability of the land. This will take place after the consultation on the local plan is completed on Friday, March 28.

Mr Sheldon hopes redevelopment of this area could save green belt sites such as Glebelands and Jotmans Farm from being built on.

He said: “The site deserves a full exploration, cross-party and comprehensive. I do not believe our approach thus far has been proactive enough.”

The site is able to hold 1,500 homes, but was dropped from the council’s previous local plan, as there are more than 117 separate landowners and it is is thought homes could not be built before the 2031 deadline.

The council’s housing blueprint sets out where 4,000 homes are to be built in the borough by 2031. Half the new properties will be on green belt land.

Mr Sheldon added: “The new local plan is the most important thing to come before us in a decade and the most important item we have considered.”

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5:25pm Sat 29 Mar 14

Sensible Man says...

Message to local councils - grow a backbone and tell central government to go and shove their local development plans where the sun don't shine.

ESSEX IS FULL UP!!!! Tell the shoebox developers to pack up their filthy concrete mixers and clear off!!!

Too many people in this country - THAT is the problem. We are a small island - why do the concrete-loving LIB / LAB / CONs not deal with THAT problem instead? Do they really want their grandchildren to live in some filthy concrete-covered urban wasteland?
Message to local councils - grow a backbone and tell central government to go and shove their local development plans where the sun don't shine. ESSEX IS FULL UP!!!! Tell the shoebox developers to pack up their filthy concrete mixers and clear off!!! Too many people in this country - THAT is the problem. We are a small island - why do the concrete-loving LIB / LAB / CONs not deal with THAT problem instead? Do they really want their grandchildren to live in some filthy concrete-covered urban wasteland? Sensible Man
  • Score: 18

5:42pm Sat 29 Mar 14

Keptquiettillnow says...

This is the right place to be building. Something that the council is finally waking up to.
This is the right place to be building. Something that the council is finally waking up to. Keptquiettillnow
  • Score: 0

7:56pm Sat 29 Mar 14

Eric the Red says...

Sensible Man wrote:
Message to local councils - grow a backbone and tell central government to go and shove their local development plans where the sun don't shine.

ESSEX IS FULL UP!!!! Tell the shoebox developers to pack up their filthy concrete mixers and clear off!!!

Too many people in this country - THAT is the problem. We are a small island - why do the concrete-loving LIB / LAB / CONs not deal with THAT problem instead? Do they really want their grandchildren to live in some filthy concrete-covered urban wasteland?
Well said! Over the last 50 years, I've seen villages grow into new towns; massive increases in traffic and congestion; swathes of green land concreted over................
yet still we build more. And when they've built the '000s that they are proposing, they'll come back for more land until the whole of SE Essexis like London...........wit
h just a few token parks. You must have to be very short sighted to be a Council member these days.
[quote][p][bold]Sensible Man[/bold] wrote: Message to local councils - grow a backbone and tell central government to go and shove their local development plans where the sun don't shine. ESSEX IS FULL UP!!!! Tell the shoebox developers to pack up their filthy concrete mixers and clear off!!! Too many people in this country - THAT is the problem. We are a small island - why do the concrete-loving LIB / LAB / CONs not deal with THAT problem instead? Do they really want their grandchildren to live in some filthy concrete-covered urban wasteland?[/p][/quote]Well said! Over the last 50 years, I've seen villages grow into new towns; massive increases in traffic and congestion; swathes of green land concreted over................ yet still we build more. And when they've built the '000s that they are proposing, they'll come back for more land until the whole of SE Essexis like London...........wit h just a few token parks. You must have to be very short sighted to be a Council member these days. Eric the Red
  • Score: 18

9:34am Sun 30 Mar 14

baldyash says...

"As a result, the land will be analysed to see if it is suitable for development within the next 17 years and, in turn, it could save the green belt from being used."
It would be nice if everyone had the correct facts. The area being discussed IS greenbelt already!!!!! Even our so called representatives don't know what they are talking about .Surely they must get the message ---WE DON'T WANT MORE HOUSES BUILT ON GREEN BELT.
"As a result, the land will be analysed to see if it is suitable for development within the next 17 years and, in turn, it could save the green belt from being used." It would be nice if everyone had the correct facts. The area being discussed IS greenbelt already!!!!! Even our so called representatives don't know what they are talking about .Surely they must get the message ---WE DON'T WANT MORE HOUSES BUILT ON GREEN BELT. baldyash
  • Score: 10

2:45pm Sun 30 Mar 14

emcee says...

We have two choices in this country:
1. Keep our green spaces and turn out cities/towns into high-rise nightmares like some asian cities, with shoebox accomodation (with ultra high accommodation prices/rents) and massive traffic congestion.
2. Lose our green spaces altogether.

There is a third choice. It's called population control, whether it be proper control of immigration or by birth control. However, we have yet to see a Government with the backbone to do anything about this.
As someone has already mentioned, we are a small island and have finite space. Also, it does not matter how many homes are built to accommodate the growing population, or where they are built, if country does not have the infrastructure to support them. This country's infrastructure already struggles to support the population and homes we already have without adding to it.
We have two choices in this country: 1. Keep our green spaces and turn out cities/towns into high-rise nightmares like some asian cities, with shoebox accomodation (with ultra high accommodation prices/rents) and massive traffic congestion. 2. Lose our green spaces altogether. There is a third choice. It's called population control, whether it be proper control of immigration or by birth control. However, we have yet to see a Government with the backbone to do anything about this. As someone has already mentioned, we are a small island and have finite space. Also, it does not matter how many homes are built to accommodate the growing population, or where they are built, if country does not have the infrastructure to support them. This country's infrastructure already struggles to support the population and homes we already have without adding to it. emcee
  • Score: 12

4:12pm Sun 30 Mar 14

smiffy22 says...

Kin Gandy wrote:
Sensible Man wrote:
Message to local councils - grow a backbone and tell central government to go and shove their local development plans where the sun don't shine.

ESSEX IS FULL UP!!!! Tell the shoebox developers to pack up their filthy concrete mixers and clear off!!!

Too many people in this country - THAT is the problem. We are a small island - why do the concrete-loving LIB / LAB / CONs not deal with THAT problem instead? Do they really want their grandchildren to live in some filthy concrete-covered urban wasteland?
They need to be built
Your response, Kim, does not relate to the points he made. They were that Essex is already crowded, as is the country as a whole. He was not saying there isn't a shortage of housing generally.
Regards,
Smiffy22
[quote][p][bold]Kin Gandy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Sensible Man[/bold] wrote: Message to local councils - grow a backbone and tell central government to go and shove their local development plans where the sun don't shine. ESSEX IS FULL UP!!!! Tell the shoebox developers to pack up their filthy concrete mixers and clear off!!! Too many people in this country - THAT is the problem. We are a small island - why do the concrete-loving LIB / LAB / CONs not deal with THAT problem instead? Do they really want their grandchildren to live in some filthy concrete-covered urban wasteland?[/p][/quote]They need to be built[/p][/quote]Your response, Kim, does not relate to the points he made. They were that Essex is already crowded, as is the country as a whole. He was not saying there isn't a shortage of housing generally. Regards, Smiffy22 smiffy22
  • Score: 3

4:16pm Sun 30 Mar 14

Sensible Man says...

Kin Gandy wrote:
Sensible Man wrote:
Message to local councils - grow a backbone and tell central government to go and shove their local development plans where the sun don't shine.

ESSEX IS FULL UP!!!! Tell the shoebox developers to pack up their filthy concrete mixers and clear off!!!

Too many people in this country - THAT is the problem. We are a small island - why do the concrete-loving LIB / LAB / CONs not deal with THAT problem instead? Do they really want their grandchildren to live in some filthy concrete-covered urban wasteland?
They need to be built
Kim -

What a defeatist attitude. Our useless useless Government needs to address the real problem - OVER-POPULATION OF OUR TINY ISLAND. You do not need to be a brain surgeon to see the causes of this crazy population growth - our elected masters just seem to be too scared of upsetting certain sections of society to do anything about it.

So we - or rather our future generations - can look forward to existing in some over-populated concrete hellhole as numbers rise to 70, 80 , 90... million. Still it will REALLY enrich our country - NOT!!!!

I really can't understand peoples complacency about the crazy rate of population growth in England - when people do finally wake up it will be too late. Every week in the Echo we read of some monstrous plan to concrete over more and more acres of green with filthy concrete shoeboxes - do any of the politicians or those who seem to support such garbage - have ANY suggestion as to the maximum numbers this tiny island can take? I suggest that we are **** close to that number right now.

LIB / LAB / CON apologists seem to wilfully ignore all this and support acre after acre of shoebox garbage. Maybe - JUST maybe - UKIP will take a more environmentally responsible approach (given the chance of course).
[quote][p][bold]Kin Gandy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Sensible Man[/bold] wrote: Message to local councils - grow a backbone and tell central government to go and shove their local development plans where the sun don't shine. ESSEX IS FULL UP!!!! Tell the shoebox developers to pack up their filthy concrete mixers and clear off!!! Too many people in this country - THAT is the problem. We are a small island - why do the concrete-loving LIB / LAB / CONs not deal with THAT problem instead? Do they really want their grandchildren to live in some filthy concrete-covered urban wasteland?[/p][/quote]They need to be built[/p][/quote]Kim - What a defeatist attitude. Our useless useless Government needs to address the real problem - OVER-POPULATION OF OUR TINY ISLAND. You do not need to be a brain surgeon to see the causes of this crazy population growth - our elected masters just seem to be too scared of upsetting certain sections of society to do anything about it. So we - or rather our future generations - can look forward to existing in some over-populated concrete hellhole as numbers rise to 70, 80 , 90... million. Still it will REALLY enrich our country - NOT!!!! I really can't understand peoples complacency about the crazy rate of population growth in England - when people do finally wake up it will be too late. Every week in the Echo we read of some monstrous plan to concrete over more and more acres of green with filthy concrete shoeboxes - do any of the politicians or those who seem to support such garbage - have ANY suggestion as to the maximum numbers this tiny island can take? I suggest that we are **** close to that number right now. LIB / LAB / CON apologists seem to wilfully ignore all this and support acre after acre of shoebox garbage. Maybe - JUST maybe - UKIP will take a more environmentally responsible approach (given the chance of course). Sensible Man
  • Score: 8

4:19pm Sun 30 Mar 14

Sensible Man says...

And - well said smiffy22!!!
And - well said smiffy22!!! Sensible Man
  • Score: 3

7:21am Mon 31 Mar 14

SARFENDMAN says...

The Green Belt is now open season, nowhere is safe. The gate has been left wide open...criminal!
The Green Belt is now open season, nowhere is safe. The gate has been left wide open...criminal! SARFENDMAN
  • Score: 3

8:27am Mon 31 Mar 14

pembury53 says...

emcee wrote:
We have two choices in this country: 1. Keep our green spaces and turn out cities/towns into high-rise nightmares like some asian cities, with shoebox accomodation (with ultra high accommodation prices/rents) and massive traffic congestion. 2. Lose our green spaces altogether. There is a third choice. It's called population control, whether it be proper control of immigration or by birth control. However, we have yet to see a Government with the backbone to do anything about this. As someone has already mentioned, we are a small island and have finite space. Also, it does not matter how many homes are built to accommodate the growing population, or where they are built, if country does not have the infrastructure to support them. This country's infrastructure already struggles to support the population and homes we already have without adding to it.
100% agree about the need for population control, but the problem with that is democracy..... see how many people will vote for a party that tells you "no more than 2 kids"....... there is an unprecedented need to stop immigration with immediate effect, but there are countless fools that disagree with that also, but even if implemented our population will still grow, and that is the uncomfortable reality coming home to roost with all this development going on....
[quote][p][bold]emcee[/bold] wrote: We have two choices in this country: 1. Keep our green spaces and turn out cities/towns into high-rise nightmares like some asian cities, with shoebox accomodation (with ultra high accommodation prices/rents) and massive traffic congestion. 2. Lose our green spaces altogether. There is a third choice. It's called population control, whether it be proper control of immigration or by birth control. However, we have yet to see a Government with the backbone to do anything about this. As someone has already mentioned, we are a small island and have finite space. Also, it does not matter how many homes are built to accommodate the growing population, or where they are built, if country does not have the infrastructure to support them. This country's infrastructure already struggles to support the population and homes we already have without adding to it.[/p][/quote]100% agree about the need for population control, but the problem with that is democracy..... see how many people will vote for a party that tells you "no more than 2 kids"....... there is an unprecedented need to stop immigration with immediate effect, but there are countless fools that disagree with that also, but even if implemented our population will still grow, and that is the uncomfortable reality coming home to roost with all this development going on.... pembury53
  • Score: 2

10:45am Mon 31 Mar 14

A Pedant says...

'Kin Gandy' - have we an imposter in our midst or has the self appointed local voice of reason and mediation had to change her username?
'Kin Gandy' - have we an imposter in our midst or has the self appointed local voice of reason and mediation had to change her username? A Pedant
  • Score: 0

10:57am Mon 31 Mar 14

Howard Cháse says...

emcee wrote:
We have two choices in this country:
1. Keep our green spaces and turn out cities/towns into high-rise nightmares like some asian cities, with shoebox accomodation (with ultra high accommodation prices/rents) and massive traffic congestion.
2. Lose our green spaces altogether.

There is a third choice. It's called population control, whether it be proper control of immigration or by birth control. However, we have yet to see a Government with the backbone to do anything about this.
As someone has already mentioned, we are a small island and have finite space. Also, it does not matter how many homes are built to accommodate the growing population, or where they are built, if country does not have the infrastructure to support them. This country's infrastructure already struggles to support the population and homes we already have without adding to it.
Stop paying people whatever the old Family Allowance is called these days. They'd soon stop squirting out kids as quickly then.....
[quote][p][bold]emcee[/bold] wrote: We have two choices in this country: 1. Keep our green spaces and turn out cities/towns into high-rise nightmares like some asian cities, with shoebox accomodation (with ultra high accommodation prices/rents) and massive traffic congestion. 2. Lose our green spaces altogether. There is a third choice. It's called population control, whether it be proper control of immigration or by birth control. However, we have yet to see a Government with the backbone to do anything about this. As someone has already mentioned, we are a small island and have finite space. Also, it does not matter how many homes are built to accommodate the growing population, or where they are built, if country does not have the infrastructure to support them. This country's infrastructure already struggles to support the population and homes we already have without adding to it.[/p][/quote]Stop paying people whatever the old Family Allowance is called these days. They'd soon stop squirting out kids as quickly then..... Howard Cháse
  • Score: 1

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