Barrister sums up case for developers

The inquiry has taken place in the council chamber at the Civic Offices

The inquiry has taken place in the council chamber at the Civic Offices

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A BARRISTER for developers granted permission to build 501 homes in Aveley has made her final submissions to an inquiry.

Harriet Townsend, of Cornerstone Barristers, made her closing statements to government inspector Jennifer Vyse, who has chaired the inquiry since it opened on Tuesday after being called by Thurrock MP Jackie Doyle-Price.

Mrs Vyse formally closed the enquiry after Mrs Townsend spoke for about an hour on why the development on the old Fireman's Club, Aveley, should go ahead after being controversially approved by the council's planning committee in November.

Summing up, she said: "It is our submission that, bearing in mind the negligable harm to the green belt which is caused beyond its policy designation (to which significant weight must be given), bearing in mind the urgent need for green belt releases ahead of the review of the Core Strategy and the prospect of the site being an allocation in the forthcoming Local Plan review, bearing in mind the package of benefits tailored to local needs and not otherwise deliverable, this case provides the very special circumstances required, and permission should be granted."

Mrs Vyse will now prepare a report detailing the findings of the inquiry and her recommendations on it for the Secretary of State, Eric Pickles, who will in due course rule on whether the development ought to have been granted planning permission.

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6:46pm Thu 31 Jul 14

poortaxpayer says...

Did anyone look at Councillor Terry Hipsey the Norfolk based Chairman of the Planning Committee whose step-daughter works at Treetops?

It was his casting vote that approved this development yet he failed to declare the developer was going to give a huge some of money to the school his step-daughter works at - this fact alone puts a huge question mark over Terry Hipsey's ability to make an unbiased decision regarding this development. If he has failed to declare this what else is he hiding?

Council Officers described the Section 106 agreement including the proposed donation to Treetops by the developer as 'unusual'. Why did the developer fail to give any money to the special needs school in South Ockendon a mere stones throw from the development in Aveley and instead choose Treetops?

Is there is something rotten at the heart of Thurrock's Planning Committee?

One has to ask to whose agenda is the Chair of Planning working to. It certainly isn't Aveley residents. No wonder they elect UKIP Councillors in Aveley.

And why should the Chair of the Planning care when he rubber stamps massive housing estates to be built on huge swathes of Thurrock's Green Belt. He lives in Norfolk so he doesn't have to live with the consequences of his illogical planning decisions.

Why do residents of Stanford-le-Hope have a Councillor who lives 100 miles away in Norfolk anyway?

No lessons have been learned from the Colinson Report on Thurrock's Planning Committee.
Did anyone look at Councillor Terry Hipsey the Norfolk based Chairman of the Planning Committee whose step-daughter works at Treetops? It was his casting vote that approved this development yet he failed to declare the developer was going to give a huge some of money to the school his step-daughter works at - this fact alone puts a huge question mark over Terry Hipsey's ability to make an unbiased decision regarding this development. If he has failed to declare this what else is he hiding? Council Officers described the Section 106 agreement including the proposed donation to Treetops by the developer as 'unusual'. Why did the developer fail to give any money to the special needs school in South Ockendon a mere stones throw from the development in Aveley and instead choose Treetops? Is there is something rotten at the heart of Thurrock's Planning Committee? One has to ask to whose agenda is the Chair of Planning working to. It certainly isn't Aveley residents. No wonder they elect UKIP Councillors in Aveley. And why should the Chair of the Planning care when he rubber stamps massive housing estates to be built on huge swathes of Thurrock's Green Belt. He lives in Norfolk so he doesn't have to live with the consequences of his illogical planning decisions. Why do residents of Stanford-le-Hope have a Councillor who lives 100 miles away in Norfolk anyway? No lessons have been learned from the Colinson Report on Thurrock's Planning Committee. poortaxpayer
  • Score: 6

10:55pm Thu 31 Jul 14

poortaxpayer says...

Elected Councillors under Thurrock Council Constitution and the Code of Conduct are not to participate and must leave the room, for the whole of an agenda item to which they have a Disclosable Pecuniary Interest.

In the interests of transparency, Members may also wish to declare any other interests they have in relation to an agenda item, that support the Nolan principles detailed within the Code of Conduct.

There was no declaration by Councillor Terry Hipsey that his step-daughter works at Treetops School and the school would be receiving a substantial sum of money from the Developers of the Aveley Fireman's site if the Planning Application was approved. Councillor Terry Hipsey used his casting vote to approve the application.

Is this a potential standards charge?
Elected Councillors under Thurrock Council Constitution and the Code of Conduct are not to participate and must leave the room, for the whole of an agenda item to which they have a Disclosable Pecuniary Interest. In the interests of transparency, Members may also wish to declare any other interests they have in relation to an agenda item, that support the Nolan principles detailed within the Code of Conduct. There was no declaration by Councillor Terry Hipsey that his step-daughter works at Treetops School and the school would be receiving a substantial sum of money from the Developers of the Aveley Fireman's site if the Planning Application was approved. Councillor Terry Hipsey used his casting vote to approve the application. Is this a potential standards charge? poortaxpayer
  • Score: 4

7:52pm Thu 7 Aug 14

george199 says...

Poortaxpayer
I was thinking the same especially when you consider Joyce Redsil was sitting with an applicant at his house having drinks and socialising a week before his application, in which she was one of the members of the planning committee who passed it

It also occurred to me Jackie Doyle Price received donations from ICG and the Tory association had its offices on this company’s land, and their press officer had full knowledge of this

And then we have the a new Tory member on the planning committee a Mr Little who was is a spokesperson for rural England let’s hope he declares his interests in any greenbelt matters
Poortaxpayer I was thinking the same especially when you consider Joyce Redsil was sitting with an applicant at his house having drinks and socialising a week before his application, in which she was one of the members of the planning committee who passed it It also occurred to me Jackie Doyle Price received donations from ICG and the Tory association had its offices on this company’s land, and their press officer had full knowledge of this And then we have the a new Tory member on the planning committee a Mr Little who was is a spokesperson for rural England let’s hope he declares his interests in any greenbelt matters george199
  • Score: -1

7:53pm Thu 7 Aug 14

george199 says...

Poortaxpayer
I was thinking the same especially when you consider Joyce Redsil was sitting with an applicant at his house having drinks and socialising a week before his application, in which she was one of the members of the planning committee who passed it
It also occurred to me Jackie Doyle Price received donations from ICG and the Tory association had its offices on this company’s land, and their press officer had full knowledge of this
And then we have the a new Tory member on the planning committee a Mr Little who was is a spokesperson for rural England let’s hope he declares his interests in any greenbelt matters
Poortaxpayer I was thinking the same especially when you consider Joyce Redsil was sitting with an applicant at his house having drinks and socialising a week before his application, in which she was one of the members of the planning committee who passed it It also occurred to me Jackie Doyle Price received donations from ICG and the Tory association had its offices on this company’s land, and their press officer had full knowledge of this And then we have the a new Tory member on the planning committee a Mr Little who was is a spokesperson for rural England let’s hope he declares his interests in any greenbelt matters george199
  • Score: -1

9:51pm Fri 8 Aug 14

Ed Woods says...

george199 wrote:
Poortaxpayer
I was thinking the same especially when you consider Joyce Redsil was sitting with an applicant at his house having drinks and socialising a week before his application, in which she was one of the members of the planning committee who passed it
It also occurred to me Jackie Doyle Price received donations from ICG and the Tory association had its offices on this company’s land, and their press officer had full knowledge of this
And then we have the a new Tory member on the planning committee a Mr Little who was is a spokesperson for rural England let’s hope he declares his interests in any greenbelt matters
I believe Terry Hipsey was the Leader of the Conservatives at this time and his wife was Chairman of the local Conservatives. The stench follows them around.
[quote][p][bold]george199[/bold] wrote: Poortaxpayer I was thinking the same especially when you consider Joyce Redsil was sitting with an applicant at his house having drinks and socialising a week before his application, in which she was one of the members of the planning committee who passed it It also occurred to me Jackie Doyle Price received donations from ICG and the Tory association had its offices on this company’s land, and their press officer had full knowledge of this And then we have the a new Tory member on the planning committee a Mr Little who was is a spokesperson for rural England let’s hope he declares his interests in any greenbelt matters[/p][/quote]I believe Terry Hipsey was the Leader of the Conservatives at this time and his wife was Chairman of the local Conservatives. The stench follows them around. Ed Woods
  • Score: 3

6:46pm Wed 13 Aug 14

george199 says...

Think you’ll find it was Garry Hague who was the leader at the time, and it was Phil Anderson who refused to comment on the complaint, and let’s not forget yourself who was press officer at the time
and done such a good job you got the elbow
As for stench try standing next yourself
Think you’ll find it was Garry Hague who was the leader at the time, and it was Phil Anderson who refused to comment on the complaint, and let’s not forget yourself who was press officer at the time and done such a good job you got the elbow As for stench try standing next yourself george199
  • Score: -3

11:21pm Sun 17 Aug 14

Ed Woods says...

george199 wrote:
Think you’ll find it was Garry Hague who was the leader at the time, and it was Phil Anderson who refused to comment on the complaint, and let’s not forget yourself who was press officer at the time
and done such a good job you got the elbow
As for stench try standing next yourself
I think you will find the first donation from ICG were received at a time that Terry Hipsey was Leader of the Conservative Group. The first donation was registered shortly after Councillor Hipsey's motion calling for a LDF working group on lorry parks.

I have never been employed by the Conservatives as their press officer and didn't get the elbow from Thurrock Council. As a Local Government Officer I would have had no idea about the internal finances of Thurrock Conservatives or their internal disciplinary procedures as I would not be privy to this information. I moved to Norfolk, 100 miles away, bit of a long commute so sadly had to hand my notice in when I got a new job with another Council. :)

I have been a local Government Officer for over 24 years. My current job I consider the best I have ever had - it certainly is the best paid. I have never been happier in a job :)
[quote][p][bold]george199[/bold] wrote: Think you’ll find it was Garry Hague who was the leader at the time, and it was Phil Anderson who refused to comment on the complaint, and let’s not forget yourself who was press officer at the time and done such a good job you got the elbow As for stench try standing next yourself[/p][/quote]I think you will find the first donation from ICG were received at a time that Terry Hipsey was Leader of the Conservative Group. The first donation was registered shortly after Councillor Hipsey's motion calling for a LDF working group on lorry parks. I have never been employed by the Conservatives as their press officer and didn't get the elbow from Thurrock Council. As a Local Government Officer I would have had no idea about the internal finances of Thurrock Conservatives or their internal disciplinary procedures as I would not be privy to this information. I moved to Norfolk, 100 miles away, bit of a long commute so sadly had to hand my notice in when I got a new job with another Council. :) I have been a local Government Officer for over 24 years. My current job I consider the best I have ever had - it certainly is the best paid. I have never been happier in a job :) Ed Woods
  • Score: 3

2:07pm Mon 18 Aug 14

george199 says...

• (a) Donations to the constituency party or association, which have been or will be reported by the party to the Electoral Commission:
• (a) Name of donor: Lord Harris of Peckham
• (a) Address of donor: private
• (a) Amount of donation or nature and value if donation in kind: cash donation of £2,274.20
• (a) Donor status: individual
• (a) (Registered 2 June 2010)
• (a) Name of donor: Carlton Club
• (a) Address of donor: 69 St James Street, London SW1 1PJ.
• (a) Amount of donation or nature and value if donation in kind: £2,000
• (a) Donor status: company
• (a) (Registered 2 June 2010)
• (a) Name of donor: Industrial Chemicals Ltd
• (a) Address of donor: Titan Works, Hogg Lane, Grays, Essex RM17 5DU.
• (a) Amount of donation or nature and value if donation in kind: use of a Portakabin to value of £2,000 per annum.
• (a) Donor status: company
• (a) (Registered 2 June 2010)
As you can quite clearly see John Kent was the leader of Thurrock Council when this donation was made
if I was the member concerned I would seriously think about libel proceedings against you
• (a) Donations to the constituency party or association, which have been or will be reported by the party to the Electoral Commission: • (a) Name of donor: Lord Harris of Peckham • (a) Address of donor: private • (a) Amount of donation or nature and value if donation in kind: cash donation of £2,274.20 • (a) Donor status: individual • (a) (Registered 2 June 2010) • (a) Name of donor: Carlton Club • (a) Address of donor: 69 St James Street, London SW1 1PJ. • (a) Amount of donation or nature and value if donation in kind: £2,000 • (a) Donor status: company • (a) (Registered 2 June 2010) • (a) Name of donor: Industrial Chemicals Ltd • (a) Address of donor: Titan Works, Hogg Lane, Grays, Essex RM17 5DU. • (a) Amount of donation or nature and value if donation in kind: use of a Portakabin to value of £2,000 per annum. • (a) Donor status: company • (a) (Registered 2 June 2010) As you can quite clearly see John Kent was the leader of Thurrock Council when this donation was made if I was the member concerned I would seriously think about libel proceedings against you george199
  • Score: -3

5:34pm Mon 18 Aug 14

Ed Woods says...

Thank you for providing details of the SECOND donation.

The FIRST donation was received when Councillor Terry Hipsey was Leader of Thurrock Conservative Group on Thurrock Council. Big clue is FIRST donation not the SECOND donation.

I will correct the error regarding the motion on Lorry Parks. Councillor Hipsey seconded the motion.
Thank you for providing details of the SECOND donation. The FIRST donation was received when Councillor Terry Hipsey was Leader of Thurrock Conservative Group on Thurrock Council. Big clue is FIRST donation not the SECOND donation. I will correct the error regarding the motion on Lorry Parks. Councillor Hipsey seconded the motion. Ed Woods
  • Score: 4

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