AVELEY residents were celebrating today after news that an application for a sixty-three bed care home was withdrawn at the eleventh hour.
Many residents had voiced objections to this application: Concerns relating to the pressure on the medical centre as well as parking problems, deliveries, emergency services, poor transport links for staff and visitors, loss of established trees and the sheer size of the application which was completely out of character for Aveley village.
Cllr Wendy Herd also raised objections to the application. She said: “With so many residents being affected by this application, I was very pleased to see it had been recommended for refusal. Delighted that the application was withdrawn.
“It would have caused immense pressure on Aveley Medical Centre. The design & layout was very poor with no thought for the elderly occupants squashed in or indeed for the neighbours with no consideration to parking, deliveries or 999 services”.
Cllr Herd hopes that the coalition governments pledged to a form of localism, will be seen in Aveley.
She said: “One day that I would like to see planning powers handed back to local people in the future so they can decide what is best for their communities.”