Residents and councillors are celebrating victory after news that a controversial plan to build a lorry park on green belt land adjacent to the A1306 and close to Chafford Hundred and North Stifford was rejected on appeal.
Chafford and North Stifford Councillor Garry Hague, who has been backing residents in their campaign against the lorry park, said: “This is a victory for common sense. There were safety issues with lorry traffic turning into an already busy road, it would have impacted on residents living nearby and it would have concreted over an important part of the green belt.”
Developers, Lanpro Services Ltd, had appealed to the Planning Inspectorate after their proposal for a lorry park on land off the A1306 Arterial Road between Sainsbury’s Roundabout and the Treacle Mine Roundabout was refused by the Thurrock Thames Gateway Development Corporation.
The Planning Inspector agreed with the Development Corporation that the proposal was inappropriate development in the Green Belt and would cause harm to openness. It was also concluded that this particular site performed an important role in the Green Belt and that the proposal would be visually intrusive.
The Inspector concluded that in this case the stated need did not constitute very special circumstances that would outweigh the harm to the Green Belt. The Inspector also concluded that the proposal would be detrimental to highway safety and would also adversely affect the amenities of local residents.