History made in Corringham homes debate

Campaigners from Save Corringham Greenbelt at the site for the proposed homes.

Campaigners from Save Corringham Greenbelt at the site for the proposed homes.

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A GROUP of campaigners from Corringham made history tonight when a petition signed by more than 1,500 people was debated in a full Thurrock Council meeting for the first time.

Members of the Save Corringham Greenbelt packed the public gallery in the chamber as councillors discussed, and largely backed, the petition against proposals to build 800 homes in the town.

The proposals are the second time in the last six years developers Iceni Projects and Cogent Land LLP have wanted to build the homes on the site north east of Corringham, which runs alongside Lampits Hill.

The same campaign group successfully defeated a previous application.

Resident and campaigner Mr Sandu addressed members of the council, and said the proposals are laughable and show no knowledge of the local area.

He added: “We want the council to object these proposals because it’s green belt land. It should be objected because infrastructure won’t be able to cope, and it will mean overcrowding in the community.”

Councillor Rob Gledhill congratulated the group for putting together a petition that could be discussed in the chamber, and backed their campaign.

He said: “We need to send a message to developers that Thurrock is open for business but we won’t give up our precious green belt.”

Council leader John Kent was equally supportive of the group, and said developers have put no special circumstances forward as to why this part of green belt should be built on.

He said: “This is a development that shouldn’t be allowed and not be given the go ahead.”

The petition will now be referred to the planning committee to be considered in a future decision over the planning application.

For more see next weeks, January 30, Gazette.

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7:46am Thu 23 Jan 14

Ed Woods says...

"Cllr Gledhill said the message needs to go out to developers that Thurrock is open for business but won't be giving up its greenbelt."

Is this the same Cllr Rob Gledhill that voted for 15% of new houses (2775 homes) to be built on Thurrocks Green Belt?

Is this the same Cllr Rob Gledhill that also voted for an additional 4750 dwellings above the 18500 already agreed to be built in Thurrock – so although the Local Development Framework plan identifies where 18500 homes go – it also prepares the way for an additional 4750 homes to be built – so at least 23250 homes will be built over the next 13 years.

As for defending the Green Belt the Conservatives voted for it to be Thurrock Council policy to “continue to identify further sites within the Green Belt to allocate for residential development” and for “building to continue on the Green Belt where appropriate.”

I haven't plucked the above information from thin air or made it up – it’s in the Local Development Framework document that Conservative and Labour Councillors voted for.

There is nothing like the stench of a hypocritical politician
"Cllr Gledhill said the message needs to go out to developers that Thurrock is open for business but won't be giving up its greenbelt." Is this the same Cllr Rob Gledhill that voted for 15% of new houses (2775 homes) to be built on Thurrocks Green Belt? Is this the same Cllr Rob Gledhill that also voted for an additional 4750 dwellings above the 18500 already agreed to be built in Thurrock – so although the Local Development Framework plan identifies where 18500 homes go – it also prepares the way for an additional 4750 homes to be built – so at least 23250 homes will be built over the next 13 years. As for defending the Green Belt the Conservatives voted for it to be Thurrock Council policy to “continue to identify further sites within the Green Belt to allocate for residential development” and for “building to continue on the Green Belt where appropriate.” I haven't plucked the above information from thin air or made it up – it’s in the Local Development Framework document that Conservative and Labour Councillors voted for. There is nothing like the stench of a hypocritical politician Ed Woods
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