Bodies to be dug up as flats agreed on chapel

ALMOST 400 bodies will be exhumed after Thurrock Council’s planning committee gave the green light to build 15 homes on the site of an old chapel.

The site, on North Road, in South Ockendon, was deemed suitable by members for 12 one bedroom flats and three two bedroom flats.

The bodies currently resting at The Old Chapel would need to be exhumed, but this can only be done after approval has been granted by the Ministry of Justice.

Agent John Newton also assured members that a consultation telling residents if their family were to be moved would be held before any work began.

Concerns were raised by councillors Barry Johnson, Tunde Ojetola, Terry Hipsey, Charlie Curtis and Phil Anderson regarding the exhumation, road access and safety but a majority voted in favour of approval.

Cllr Ojetola said: “The issue about exhumation is a sensitive one and my main concern is that the applicant is trying to make a profit out of this.

“The applicant will have three years to build if permission is given and I am sceptical as to whether there will be enough time for this to go to the Ministry of justice and for all the relevant people to be contacted.”

Cllr Curtis told members he was worried about the width of the pavement on North Road and was concerned that refuse trucks backing into the site as opposed to waiting on the roadside would cause congestion on an already busy road.

He said: “It is a very busy road and I think widening the pavement is an important aspect to be considered. I think this is absolutely essential.”

Cllr Steve Liddiard spoke in favour of the application, saying the petrol station next door should not put off potential buyers as there are people using it regularly.

The application was passed by six votes to three.

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3:05pm Thu 3 Oct 13

Jb66 says...

And where are the plans for extra schools, hospitals and dentists surgeries to support all these flats?
And where are the plans for extra schools, hospitals and dentists surgeries to support all these flats? Jb66

3:22pm Thu 3 Oct 13

OckendonPaul says...

Even the dead are being forced to 'budge up' now to make way for our new arrivals.
It's a stupid place to cram a few flats into and there's already 600 going up in Arisdale Avenue, surely 12 less wouldn't make that much difference?
Even the dead are being forced to 'budge up' now to make way for our new arrivals. It's a stupid place to cram a few flats into and there's already 600 going up in Arisdale Avenue, surely 12 less wouldn't make that much difference? OckendonPaul

4:33pm Thu 3 Oct 13

Marcus P says...

How many more flats can be squeezed in to this area?
How many more flats can be squeezed in to this area? Marcus P

9:01pm Thu 3 Oct 13

Mattster says...

Disgraceful, RIP should mean that for identified graves.
Disgraceful, RIP should mean that for identified graves. Mattster

10:02am Fri 4 Oct 13

DannyButcher says...

I am absolutely sickened by this. Even the dead are getting screwed over to make way for more flats . Disgusting.
I am absolutely sickened by this. Even the dead are getting screwed over to make way for more flats . Disgusting. DannyButcher

1:07pm Fri 4 Oct 13

mustnt grumble says...

Dead people dont vote, so of little or no interest to the council. However, the number of voters that they'll think they'll gain by putting the flats up wont be anywhere near the number they should lose from those upset by the graves being moved. Aveley bypass and Arisdale should be more than enough for any development plans if not too big, for an area of this size given that they havent shown signs of increasing the number of school places and doctor surgery vacancies.
Dead people dont vote, so of little or no interest to the council. However, the number of voters that they'll think they'll gain by putting the flats up wont be anywhere near the number they should lose from those upset by the graves being moved. Aveley bypass and Arisdale should be more than enough for any development plans if not too big, for an area of this size given that they havent shown signs of increasing the number of school places and doctor surgery vacancies. mustnt grumble

2:35pm Fri 4 Oct 13

Indred Cold says...

Labour has no respect for the living or the dead
Labour has no respect for the living or the dead Indred Cold

11:46am Mon 7 Oct 13

d_2da_ougle says...

this devolper has been trying to build on this land for the last 4 years now, and the pavement deffinatly needs widening its only wide enough for a single person
this devolper has been trying to build on this land for the last 4 years now, and the pavement deffinatly needs widening its only wide enough for a single person d_2da_ougle

6:17am Tue 8 Oct 13

Dave_ says...

I think thiis fully illustrates just how low developers and politicians will sink chasing money. Which is all this is about.
This should have been rejected at the initial application and not even got to a vote and as it did it should have been a no vote should have been a no brainer.
It would be interesting to know which councillors voted for it. It's probably safe to assume Liddiard did.
I think thiis fully illustrates just how low developers and politicians will sink chasing money. Which is all this is about. This should have been rejected at the initial application and not even got to a vote and as it did it should have been a no vote should have been a no brainer. It would be interesting to know which councillors voted for it. It's probably safe to assume Liddiard did. Dave_

1:00am Thu 10 Oct 13

saladsnice says...

Well, I've had me say in the Opinion page of the paper. Labour Councillor's will be doing overtime next year to get votes. Planning Committee WILL go to HELL for this decision and they don't speak for the people, not done so for a long time! DISGUSTING DECISION Councillor's!!!!!! This planning application was kept low key, very quiet so the CROOKS can win!
Well, I've had me say in the Opinion page of the paper. Labour Councillor's will be doing overtime next year to get votes. Planning Committee WILL go to HELL for this decision and they don't speak for the people, not done so for a long time! DISGUSTING DECISION Councillor's!!!!!! This planning application was kept low key, very quiet so the CROOKS can win! saladsnice

10:34pm Thu 10 Oct 13

Bd3641 says...

Scum hope they build on were ever their buried
Scum hope they build on were ever their buried Bd3641

11:22pm Thu 10 Oct 13

saladsnice says...

GOD GIVE ME STRENGTH TO NOT VOTE FOR THE IDIOTS THAT DO NOT LISTEN TO OUR PEOPLE IN THIS COMMUNITY! THESE HEATHENS WHO HAVE NO RESPECT FOR THE HALLOWED GROUND!
GOD GIVE ME STRENGTH TO NOT VOTE FOR THE IDIOTS THAT DO NOT LISTEN TO OUR PEOPLE IN THIS COMMUNITY! THESE HEATHENS WHO HAVE NO RESPECT FOR THE HALLOWED GROUND! saladsnice

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