Stanford homes plan back on the table after two-year delay

Thurrock Gazette: Plans for the triangle-shaped piece of land in Stanford-le-Hope. Image shows the railway line, left, the Manorway, top, the new roundabout, top left and Victoria Road, right. Plans for the triangle-shaped piece of land in Stanford-le-Hope. Image shows the railway line, left, the Manorway, top, the new roundabout, top left and Victoria Road, right.

PLANS to build a new housing estate on former green belt in Stanford-le-Hope are back - after two years in limbo.

The 153-home development, a mixture of two, three and four bedroom homes on a triangle piece of land near the Manorway, between the railway and Victoria Road, had stalled.

This was because there were serious concerns as to whether superport bosses, DP World, would need part of the land for its recently completed Manorway improvement works.

The proposals, originally for more than 180 homes, were given the go-ahead in 2012 by the now defunct Development Corporation which had released the land from the green belt, but that permission to build expired last year.

Now firm C & S Associates is looking to revive plans - and residents are not sure they like it.

Steven Evans of Victoria Road, wrote to the council’s planning department to object and said: “I feel that the proposal is inappropriate use of greenbelt land and therefore should not be developed.”

He, like others, said that the land has a tendency to flood.

Commenting on Facebook, Liz Turrell said: “I thought this was green belt land, and it does get very wet at times. It is very low as well.”

However Paul Mathews, who lives in Corringham, said: “It’s an ideal site. It can't really be used for anything else.”

James Masfield, also commenting on Facebook, added: “It's simple with the port they need more people.

“More people, more houses, more cars, more pollution.

“They knew this all along and it’s happening now, building on our green belt.”

The design inspiration for the homes is being drawn from picturesque villages in Essex, such as North Stifford and Finchingfield, a village in the north of the county.

A new access road to the site is planned to be built off the roundabout beneath the Manorway which joins Southend Road with Victoria Road.

A council spokesman said: “This site was one that the Thurrock Thames Gateway Development Corporation considered acceptable and is now shown as a housing site. The scheme is back and will be determined by July 1, 2014.”

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8:46am Thu 24 Apr 14

Bernard 87 says...

This is green belt land and should not be developed at all...but as this is Thurrock it will probably be passed as 'much needed affordable housing'
This is green belt land and should not be developed at all...but as this is Thurrock it will probably be passed as 'much needed affordable housing' Bernard 87
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10:51am Thu 24 Apr 14

jb411 says...

Thurrock Council will not be satisfied until every spare piece of land is built on, it doesn't matter that the residents of Victoria Road cannot get off their drives during the rush hour as cars are bottlenecked trying to get through. What will happen now there are hundreds of extra cars.
Thurrock Council will not be satisfied until every spare piece of land is built on, it doesn't matter that the residents of Victoria Road cannot get off their drives during the rush hour as cars are bottlenecked trying to get through. What will happen now there are hundreds of extra cars. jb411
  • Score: 9

11:10am Thu 24 Apr 14

poortaxpayer says...

This is a natural flood plane where 2 streams meet. Once this parcel of land is concreted over it will push the floodwater downstream.
This is a natural flood plane where 2 streams meet. Once this parcel of land is concreted over it will push the floodwater downstream. poortaxpayer
  • Score: 10

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