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Group reforms to battle housing schemes
3:00pm Thursday 24th October 2013 in News
CAMPAIGNERS have vowed to fight plans for 800 new homes on green belt in Corringham which could cause the town’s population to swell by 3,000.
Save Corringham Green Belt, a campaign group set up to oppose the proposals, says the area does not have the infrastructure to deal with such a large increase in the population and argues Thurrock’s green space should be spared from development.
This is the second time in the last six years that plans to develop the land to the north east of Corringham, which runs alongside Lampits Hill, have come forward.
In February 2008, plans were defeated by the same group, backed by the then prospective East Thurrock MP Stephen Metcalfe.
Anne Sandu, spokesman for Save Corringham Green Belt, of Lampits Lane, said: “There’s going to be a surprisingly high percentage of people with cars and we’re not served well with buses.
“There’s already a lot of traffic, particularly on the A13. We’re concerned about infrastructure and people are concerned about the hospital and its ability to help even more people.”
Iceni Projects and Cogent Land, who were involved in the 2008 proposals, are hoping to build the homes on the 34 hectares of field and it is thought an application for outline planning permission could be submitted by the end of the year. The two firms held a public exhibition to talk through the plans at Gable Hall School three weeks ago.
Now MP for the area, Mr Metcalfe said he still opposes the plans, adding: “Nothing has changed in my view. Thurrock has got plenty of brown field sites it can develop on, it doesn’t need to release green belt sites like this one.”
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