Public inquiry called for huge and controversial Aveley homes plan

Thurrock Gazette: Plans for 501 homes in Aveley set to go before public inquiry Plans for 501 homes in Aveley set to go before public inquiry

A PUBLIC inquiry has been launched into how 501 homes got the go-ahead to be built on the green belt in Aveley.

The Government have announced the investigation will look into how the planning application was handled.

Thurrock Council’s planning committee sparked uproar when, last November, it voted in favour of building the homes on the former London Fire Brigade Sports and Social Club.

Residents were furious the plans were passed on to Eric Pickes, the Secretary of State for development and communities to be signed off - despite strong opposition and officers recommending permission should be refused.

Thurrock MP Jackie Doyle-Price made representation to Mr Pickles, who has now decided to refer the application to a public inquiry, which will take place in a couple of months.

Ms Doyle-Price said: “The decision taken by the committee flies in the face of Thurrock's agreed planning policies.

“It is on the greenbelt and it is not a site which has been identified for housing under the council's local plan.

“I do question whether some members of the planning committee understand their role. It is the planning committee's job to approve or decline planning applications in line with council policy.”

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9:46am Thu 20 Feb 14

OckendonPaul says...

566,000 came here last year, and that's just from within the EU. If this madness is going to continue (and it shows no sign of ending) then England will need to be concreted over, starting here.
If you voted for the liblabcon trick then I'm afraid you can't complain...
566,000 came here last year, and that's just from within the EU. If this madness is going to continue (and it shows no sign of ending) then England will need to be concreted over, starting here. If you voted for the liblabcon trick then I'm afraid you can't complain... OckendonPaul
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5:02pm Thu 20 Feb 14

poortaxpayer says...

I note with interest that the Chairman of Planning Cllr Terry Hipsey has put forward a motion at the next full council meeting of Thurrck Council praising Treetops Special School.

One of the reasons Terry Hipsey voted in favour of this Aveley planning application was the Section 106 money the developer was giving to the community - including money to Treetops Special School to build a new sports hall.

I also note that granting of this planning application has been called in by the Secretary of State.

I'm sure these three issues are not connected are they and someone isn't playing political games.
I note with interest that the Chairman of Planning Cllr Terry Hipsey has put forward a motion at the next full council meeting of Thurrck Council praising Treetops Special School. One of the reasons Terry Hipsey voted in favour of this Aveley planning application was the Section 106 money the developer was giving to the community - including money to Treetops Special School to build a new sports hall. I also note that granting of this planning application has been called in by the Secretary of State. I'm sure these three issues are not connected are they and someone isn't playing political games. poortaxpayer
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1:24am Sun 23 Feb 14

The Hog says...

free tea and cake at the meeting payed for by the builders of the new estate. Terry Hipsey will say in a blaze of glory "look at all the new houses and opportunities I have brought to the community". its going to happen so enjoy the cake.
free tea and cake at the meeting payed for by the builders of the new estate. Terry Hipsey will say in a blaze of glory "look at all the new houses and opportunities I have brought to the community". its going to happen so enjoy the cake. The Hog
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12:19pm Sun 23 Feb 14

poortaxpayer says...

The Hog wrote:
free tea and cake at the meeting payed for by the builders of the new estate. Terry Hipsey will say in a blaze of glory "look at all the new houses and opportunities I have brought to the community". its going to happen so enjoy the cake.
I seem to recall when Leader of the Council, Cllr Hipsey publicly ripping up a copy of the Thurrock masterplan in protest about any plans to build on the greenbelt.

A few years later as Chairman of the Planning Committee he now votes to concrete over vast swathes of greenbelt and cover it in hundreds of houses. As he lives in Thurrock and loves Thurrock so much why is he so hell bent on ensuring so much is covered in houses?
[quote][p][bold]The Hog[/bold] wrote: free tea and cake at the meeting payed for by the builders of the new estate. Terry Hipsey will say in a blaze of glory "look at all the new houses and opportunities I have brought to the community". its going to happen so enjoy the cake.[/p][/quote]I seem to recall when Leader of the Council, Cllr Hipsey publicly ripping up a copy of the Thurrock masterplan in protest about any plans to build on the greenbelt. A few years later as Chairman of the Planning Committee he now votes to concrete over vast swathes of greenbelt and cover it in hundreds of houses. As he lives in Thurrock and loves Thurrock so much why is he so hell bent on ensuring so much is covered in houses? poortaxpayer
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