Eric Pickles calls for inquiry into Butts Lane development in Stanford

LOCAL community groups in Stanford were hailing a minor victory today after the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Eric Pickles called for a planning inquiry into the plans for 350 homes in Butts Lane, Stanford-le-Hope.

The plans, by Barratt Homes, were approved in February by the Thurrock Thames Gateway Development Corporation (DC), despite strong opposition by Residents Against Inappropriate Development (RAID) who mustered an 800 petition as well as 359 letters of objection.

In the letter to the DC, Mr Pickles states: “The Secretary of State’s policy is very selective about calling in planning applications.

“The Secretary of State is of the opinion that the application is one that he ought to decide himself because he considers that the proposals may conflict with national policies on important matters.”

Chairman of Stanford-le-Hope forum Terry Piccolo said: “R.A.I.D. and the Stanford Forum are pleased that the coalition seem to be sticking to the emerging Localism Bill and giving local people to influence major planning applications in their area.

“We may not have won the war but we have certainly chalked up a victory in this battle.”

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