THE RESIDENTS of Aveley just don’t seem to be getting their way when it comes to planning applications.
They turned up in force at Thurrock Council’s planning committee meeting to fight the proposal for four apartments near Lennard House on the High Street.
Despite an impassioned but reasoned speech from resident Judith Scrimgeour and Cllr Amanda Wilton, the council gave the go-ahead.
The residents objected on the basis of the losing car parking space, a communal garden as well as light from windows. They also pointed to the dangers of more cars driving onto the High Street in light of a recent crash where a car ploughed into the school gates at Aveley Primary.
Cllr Wilton said: “We already have plans for 350 new homes on green belt land in Aveley with no supported infrastructure.
Chair of the committee, Cllr Stuart St. Clair-Haslam stressed that members should assess the application on its planning merits and not on the ownership of the site.
The planning committee approved the application.