Campaigners from Chadwell St Mary are celebrating after plans for 350 new homes on green belt land in the village are rejected

Thurrock Gazette: Campaigners outside the Civic Offices before the meeting. Photo by Rob Lay. Campaigners outside the Civic Offices before the meeting. Photo by Rob Lay.

RESIDENTS celebrated last night after plans to build 350 homes on green belt land in Chadwell St Mary were refused.

Members of the Stop Heath Place Development group whooped for joy and could be heard shouting “thank you” from the public gallery at the Thurrock Council development meeting after members threw out the proposal for the homes on land north of Godman Road.

The night started with nearly 80 campaigners parading banners and chanting “no building on our green belt” outside the Civic Offices in Grays.

The group then packed the public gallery and cheered councillor Barbara Rice and resident Angela Ruff as they told the chamber in no uncertain terms why the development shouldn’t be allowed.

Campaigners have fought the application for the best part of a year, and in December handed in a petition against the development 1,500 names strong to the council in December.

Last month, a campaign group in Corringham were also successful after plans to build 800 homes on green belt land in the town were rejected.

For the full report and reaction, see next week’s Gazette.

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9:56am Fri 14 Mar 14

OckendonPaul says...

Well done to them - a great result.
Be warned though, the forces behind the destruction of our green belt won't let this rest. Expect the Home Secretary to get involved - and that only ever ends one way...
Well done to them - a great result. Be warned though, the forces behind the destruction of our green belt won't let this rest. Expect the Home Secretary to get involved - and that only ever ends one way... OckendonPaul
  • Score: 10

10:50am Fri 14 Mar 14

poortaxpayer says...

OckendonPaul wrote:
Well done to them - a great result.
Be warned though, the forces behind the destruction of our green belt won't let this rest. Expect the Home Secretary to get involved - and that only ever ends one way...
Remember the Planning Committee voted to allow a massive housing estate on Green Belt on the old Firemans Ground in Aveley against officers advice. They have set a precedent to any developer that Thurrock's Green Belt is up for grabs. I foresee an appeal to the Secretary of State - this will not be the end of it.
[quote][p][bold]OckendonPaul[/bold] wrote: Well done to them - a great result. Be warned though, the forces behind the destruction of our green belt won't let this rest. Expect the Home Secretary to get involved - and that only ever ends one way...[/p][/quote]Remember the Planning Committee voted to allow a massive housing estate on Green Belt on the old Firemans Ground in Aveley against officers advice. They have set a precedent to any developer that Thurrock's Green Belt is up for grabs. I foresee an appeal to the Secretary of State - this will not be the end of it. poortaxpayer
  • Score: 8

11:55am Fri 14 Mar 14

Jack222 says...

But we need more homes. I bet they will next week all complain as their children wont be able to live near them as there are no homes in the area! NIMBYs!

Sooner the Home Secretary passes it the better...
But we need more homes. I bet they will next week all complain as their children wont be able to live near them as there are no homes in the area! NIMBYs! Sooner the Home Secretary passes it the better... Jack222
  • Score: -7

1:15pm Fri 14 Mar 14

ebagumtrebor says...

We don't need more homes, we need less people.
We don't need more homes, we need less people. ebagumtrebor
  • Score: 2

1:18pm Fri 14 Mar 14

tech1 says...

May I suggest that instead of ruining what's left of our green belt Mr. Chastney might want to look at land closer to home as there seems to be an abundance of it in Nuneaton.
May I suggest that instead of ruining what's left of our green belt Mr. Chastney might want to look at land closer to home as there seems to be an abundance of it in Nuneaton. tech1
  • Score: 1

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