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Flats plan 'would be better as parking for shops'
10:00am Wednesday 21st August 2013 in News
PLANS to build flats on an eye-sore in Little Thurrock were kicked out after it was claimed local businesses could better benefit from the site.
The site, which sits derelict and fire damaged behind a wooden screen, where Whitehall Lane, Broadway Little Thurrock and East Thurrock Way meet, used to be a tyre fitting centre.
Outline permission was sought for seven flats, but Thurrock Council’s planning committee refused permission at a meeting two weeks ago.
Speaking during the meeting, Little Thurrock Rectory ward councillor Rob Gledhill said local businesses would love to use the site. The shops along Broadway currently do not have any car parking facilities.
Cllr Gledhill said: “I have spoken to local shop owners who would love to have the site to extend their retail business and add in customer car parking. This would be a boon to the small parade of shops.
“It is the only parade of shops in Essex without any car parking and converting this plot to that use would benefit not only the shops, but road users who are held up by vehicles parked on the road.”
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