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New fears over industrial park development
8:00am Thursday 27th September 2012 in News
ANOTHER row has flared up surrounding the use of land at the Stanhope Industrial Park.
Residents in Wharf Road are already involved in a feud with Squibb Demolition, who have lodged a retrospective planning application for part of the park they use. Locals have launched a petition against the plans.
Now residents are opposing a planning application seeking to use part of Stanhope Industrial Park, which was granted outline planning permission for industrial use in 2004, for open storage.
The application was set to go before Thurrock Council’s planning committee on Thursday and is recommended for approval, but was called in for consideration by Tories Phil Anderson and Shane Hebb.
No firm has been earmarked for the site at this stage, with the application only seeking the principle of open storage on the site, which is owned by Mersea Homes.
The application’s report includes details of one letter received, which has stated concerns over noise and disturbance due to lorries travelling to and from the site, concerns over the adequacy of the local road network and comments that the number of jobs provided by the development is outweighed by the disturbance it will cause.
Stanford Community Forum has also opposed the application.
Terry Piccolo, forum chairman, who was due to register his opposition to the committee on Thursday, said: “The concern here is what sorts of business that could go down there.
“The idea was for there to be 28 units offering employment. Open storage doesn’t offer much employment.
“If Squibb gets the go-ahead with this, then the site will have no intrinsic value.
“Also, by developing the site in a piecemeal way like this, we’re not sure whether all the conditions of the original plans will actually go ahead. “There should be conditions such as automatic number plate recognition cameras, which would monitor the amount of traffic in the area.”