Residents unite to take on homes plan in town

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ANGRY residents packed a community hall in protest against plans to build 350 homes on protected land east of Heath Road, Chadwell St Mary.

Although the application has not yet been submitted, more than 50 people, young and old, came to plan a course of action at Emmanuel Church hall.

They plan to lobby Thurrock MP Jackie Doyle-Price and write to Thurrock Council once developer CJC Development Company outlines its plans for the 38-acre site.

Residents argued the homes would put significant strain on local infrastructure, such as schools and doctors, and would see more of Thurrock’s history buried under new housing.

Chairman of Chadwell St Mary Community Forum, Peter Saunders, said the group is more determined than ever to stop building.

He said: “It is important we have a strategy so as soon as the application goes in we can respond showing how strongly we feel it would be to the detriment of the town.

“By working together to appeal to the council then we are able to stay ahead of the developer in this battle.”

Ward councillors Tony Fish and Gerard Rice attended the meeting and voiced their support against the homes being built.

Cllr Rice said if Lower Thames Crossing option C was selected by the Government then he doubted people would want to move to the new homes as the bridge would run alongside the town and West Tilbury.

He said: “We should wait and see what the Government decides is its favoured option as that could have a big bearing on this project.”

CJC has previously said the scheme will complete Chadwell St Mary and bring affordable housing and community investment.

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8:50am Thu 19 Sep 13

Bernard 87 says...

This company are clearly taking the mick out of Thurrock by submitting such a plan in the first place. The land is green belt and there are no special cicumstances why such a large housing estate should be built over valuable farmland. Both Thurrock MPs and the council, along with the residents, need to work together and tell this development group to get lost.
This company are clearly taking the mick out of Thurrock by submitting such a plan in the first place. The land is green belt and there are no special cicumstances why such a large housing estate should be built over valuable farmland. Both Thurrock MPs and the council, along with the residents, need to work together and tell this development group to get lost. Bernard 87
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11:13am Thu 19 Sep 13

coddy says...

I agree with Bernard 87 all the way. But will JDP get her finger out or tow the party line
I agree with Bernard 87 all the way. But will JDP get her finger out or tow the party line coddy
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12:05pm Thu 19 Sep 13

Jack222 says...

We desperately need new houses so our children can have somewhere to live. Issues of infrastructure needed can be sorted by planning. But of course new housing has to be built away from the NIMBY lot...
We desperately need new houses so our children can have somewhere to live. Issues of infrastructure needed can be sorted by planning. But of course new housing has to be built away from the NIMBY lot... Jack222
  • Score: -21

5:41pm Thu 19 Sep 13

Donna L says...

Save Our Greenbelt, we have more than ample brownbelt sites in Thurrock that are up for development. The affordable housing that this developer is proposing will never be affordable to the people who need houses. They are just out to make money and the cost will be our precious Grade 2 Farmland.
Save Our Greenbelt, we have more than ample brownbelt sites in Thurrock that are up for development. The affordable housing that this developer is proposing will never be affordable to the people who need houses. They are just out to make money and the cost will be our precious Grade 2 Farmland. Donna L
  • Score: 2

7:30am Fri 20 Sep 13

ebagumtrebor says...

Developers will always target councils that are open to the development of the greentbelt within their contituency. It is cheaper to develop greentbelt sites. Thurrock council has encouraged the development of greenbelt land. This is unlikely to be reflected in the price of the properties on those developments because they are in it for business reasons and will sell properties at the market price. We will not however get extra hospital beds, school places, doctors surgeries, roads etc etc. This country continues to sleep walk into a situation where public services will grind to a halt and will return to the Victorian era where several generations of families will live in the same house all thier lives because they wont be able to afford to move. We all know what the problem is but the left paralyses any debate with accusations of racism against anyone that holds a common sense view and knows the undeniable truth that we cannot continue to let 600,000 people a year into this country. The only time the left want that situation to change is when they feel confident they will be voted into power for time immemorial by their new voters. It's going to get worse in 4 months time.
Developers will always target councils that are open to the development of the greentbelt within their contituency. It is cheaper to develop greentbelt sites. Thurrock council has encouraged the development of greenbelt land. This is unlikely to be reflected in the price of the properties on those developments because they are in it for business reasons and will sell properties at the market price. We will not however get extra hospital beds, school places, doctors surgeries, roads etc etc. This country continues to sleep walk into a situation where public services will grind to a halt and will return to the Victorian era where several generations of families will live in the same house all thier lives because they wont be able to afford to move. We all know what the problem is but the left paralyses any debate with accusations of racism against anyone that holds a common sense view and knows the undeniable truth that we cannot continue to let 600,000 people a year into this country. The only time the left want that situation to change is when they feel confident they will be voted into power for time immemorial by their new voters. It's going to get worse in 4 months time. ebagumtrebor
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5:41pm Fri 20 Sep 13

Dave_ says...

Looking up a definition of affordable housing reveals what a load of political bull the concept is.
It indicates 3 criteria :
Mortgages 3.5*single and 2.9*joint income;
Rent 25% of gross household income;
Shared ownership is affordable if it is no more than 30% of gross household income (mortgage and any rental element).
The fact rental is based on gross and not disposable is a nice little dodge.
When looking at rent rates in Chadwell what I would define as a family home ie 3 beds would require a gross family income of c.£22000 for a council property and double as private rental.
To buy the cheapest 3 bed house in Chadwell (£135K on Rightmove) based on the mortgage criteria; requires salaries of £39K single and £47K joint. How many in Chadwell fit those criteria? Of course these salaries are gross and not disposable.
It’s pretty easy to do the maths and see that these will be shoddily built and bought by private landlords or housing associations as the local population will largely be priced out of the market as buyers.
The question to ask the developers how many will fit the "affordable housing" criteria.
Looking up a definition of affordable housing reveals what a load of political bull the concept is. It indicates 3 criteria : Mortgages 3.5*single and 2.9*joint income; Rent 25% of gross household income; Shared ownership is affordable if it is no more than 30% of gross household income (mortgage and any rental element). The fact rental is based on gross and not disposable is a nice little dodge. When looking at rent rates in Chadwell what I would define as a family home ie 3 beds would require a gross family income of c.£22000 for a council property and double as private rental. To buy the cheapest 3 bed house in Chadwell (£135K on Rightmove) based on the mortgage criteria; requires salaries of £39K single and £47K joint. How many in Chadwell fit those criteria? Of course these salaries are gross and not disposable. It’s pretty easy to do the maths and see that these will be shoddily built and bought by private landlords or housing associations as the local population will largely be priced out of the market as buyers. The question to ask the developers how many will fit the "affordable housing" criteria. Dave_
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