NEW measures will speed up the delivery of homes by cutting down unnecessary planning processes and providing more certainty about where sensible development should take place. Proposals outlined will boost housebuilding and support businesses keen to expand by removing delays from the planning system, stopping burdensome conditions and cutting the costly red tape often faced by applicants.
THE WORLD of planning can be a complicated business. We are sure like us you downloaded all 4 hours and 11 minutes of a recent Thurrock Council to your I-Tunes (Oh-only us then-Ed). As we were listening to the second item on the agenda: the application to build fifteen dwellings on the Old Chapel on North Road, South Ockendon we heard that the chair Terry Hipsey announce that the applicant was Essex Recovery Limited.
CLOSE TO 400 bodies could be exhumed after a decision by Thurrock Council’s planning committee to support a plan to build fifteen homes on the site of a former chapel in South Ockendon. The site on North Road is occupied by Essex Recovery but this could all change as the plans for one and two bedroom homes were approved.
PROPOSING the detailed application, committee chairman Cllr Terry Hipsey, who is a ward councillor for the area, said: “I was absolutely devastated when this was originally proposed but we have to accept what the Secretary of State approved and since that time this the actual design and layout has won me over and I think it is a good scheme. What I also appreciate is that the developer has listened to the ward councillors, the forum and residents.”
CLLR Hebb, giving a statement supporting the existing residents, stated that Barretts, the developer, have made efforts to deal with any issues but that there was an issue with insufficient parking across the entire development despite an influx of vehicles. He also commented that an eastward wind would blow dust from the construction site onto the properties of the existing residents as well as a major issue regarding construction traffic access to the site. He called for the committee to put conditions in place before approving the application and that committee members might get a better view of the concerns by visiting the site for themselves.
A CONTROVERSIAL planning application at the Howard Tenens in Stifford Road in South Ockendon is back on the table. The application seeks retrospective, temporary permission for the use of land for open storage and storage and swapping of articulated HGVs cab units and trailers.
BOTH planning applications for markets in Corringham Town Centre were approved at Thurrock Council’s planning committee on Thursday night (March 14th). First up was the application by the Outdoor Market Group (OMG) led by Robert Wong. Mr Wong had made a number of amendments to his previously unsuccessful application. He had reduced the number of stalls from 24 to 16. The market was also going to run on a one-year trial basis for three days a week. Mr Wong also outlined the parking and other logistical plans in relation the market.
THURROCK COUNCIL’S planning committee has given permission for 350 new homes on the Aveley by-pass. Original permission had been given by the Thurrock Thames Gateway Development Corporation (DC) in 2010. There had been a great deal of anger and protest against the development.
WE ENDED the year with campaigners in East Tilbury demonstrating in the council chamber regarding Mucking tip and so we start the year with Aveley residents petitioning against planning proposals in their ward. The key issue regarding the application near to the Aveley by-pass appears to be what lies beneath the ground.
A NEW look to Purfleet came a bit closer on Thursday (20 December) when Thurrock Council’s planners supported outline permission for The Purfleet Centre – redevelopment of land in the centre of the village. The council has been leading efforts to secure the comprehensive redevelopment of the area around the rail station
AN impassioned plea by a veteran councillor that found sympathetic ears among his colleagues has landed Thurrock Council in a planning quandary.
At last week’s meeting of the authority’s planning committee, a majority of councillors voted against of their own rules and planning officers’ advice to given permission to a family man to build a swimming pool in his back garden.
THE long-running sore that is Mucking Tip came to the fore at last week’s planning meeting, when operators Cory tried to change the planning regulations as they seek to return the site to countryside.
Planning officers recommended councillors approve a bid by Cory to carry on with lorry movements to and from the site for another four years – a prospect that sparked horror among some councillors who demanded to known why residents should have to continue to suffer the ‘blight’ of the site.
A CONTROVERSIAL plan to allow a builder’s depot to open on an industrial estate that can only be accessed by a road through a residential area already blighted by lorries has been approved. Councillors conceded they didn’t particularly like the application by the Hills Building Group and Mersea Homes for the site on the Stanhope Industrial park in Stanford-le-Hope but they had little alternative but to pass it.
APPROVAL has been given for a new telephone mast despite a ward councillor’s argument that it will be a “dominant, incongruous feature” and not wanted by residents. The application for the mast came from Vodaphone, who wanted to site a 12.5m telecoms pole and associated equipment cabinet on land to the rear of Drake Court, Merlin Close, Chafford Hundred.
PROPOSALS to build a new apartment building on the site of the old leisure centre in Tilbury were discussed in the Planning Committee meeting last night. Following discussions with local community members, the new proposal included plans for the ground floor of the new building to be set aside for council and community use including some sports and leisure facilities.
Perhaps it is worth noting that during the recent elections Cllr Hipsey the Chair of the Planning Committee effectively canvassed the votes of the local shopkeepers in Stanford le Hope with many displaying their support, I wonder how they feel now knowing that he voted in favour of this development.
Chair of the committee, cllr Terry Hipsey agreed. He said: “This shopping area is dying on its knees and we must act to help.”We have possible housing developments in Butts Lane, Victoria Road and East Tilbury. We need to provide for the incoming residents.”
In a passionate speech, general manager of Lakeside, Paul Lancaster accentuated that economic boost the plans would have for Thurrock in particular.
Mr Lancaster said; “These plans will invest £180 million into Lakeside. There are over 1,000 construction jobs involved as well as over a thousand job opportunities in retail and leisure.
Cllr Tunde Ojetola (Cons) said: “There appears to have been little or no discussion with the community. I would advise that you get out there and discuss matters.” Cllr Shane Hebb (Cons) concurred stating: “The cornerstone of the Localism Act was that developers should engage with the community.”
Councillor Redsell said, “The plans for the relocation of the college have a direct impact on the ward I represent and it is appalling that as an elected councillor I was unable to address the committee on what were some important issues. If the college does move to Grays we all hope it will be successful but it is too important that the voices of local councillors and their residents are heard in this process too.
A LEADING Thurrock councillor has warned a developer not to run “roughshod over planning procedures” with respect to a Tilbury leisure centre. Cllr Lynn Worrall presented a petition to full council last night (Thursday) that had been signed by 500 residents.
WE THINK we may start to call her the “unsinkable” Wendy Herd as the Aveley councillor has spearheaded another victory over “Green Belt” development in her ward.
The news comes after the Springfield Consortium have withdrawn their appeal against the Thurrock Thames Development Corporation (DC’s) rejection of their application to build back in March.
To get down to brass tacks, this is about money, pure and simple. Shortly after their last approval in 2006 Cory Environmental was sold for 350 million pounds more than the owners paid for it 2 years previously. I repeat an eye watering 350 million pounds. Not even bankers can get that kind of bonus.
Last week, at a meeting of Thurrock Council’s planning committee, an enforcement notice was recommended in relation to a motorbike training school, pallet storage, tyre storage and a lorry park at the site of the old West Thurrock power station in Oliver Road. The site has been at the centre of a long running dispute over planning permission and a number of other issues.