Little Thurrock councillor Rob Gledhill has expressed his dismay at Monday’s Development Corporation planning application for more warehousing in the Globe Works.
The application will see 21 warehouse units in the Globe Works on Tower Road, Grays.
Cllr Gledhill said “The application would be a step backwards for little Thurrock residents and put more pressure to build on the green belt. It seemed strange that in the presentation things like fly tipping and old incidences of antisocial behaviour were used to bolster the case for approval yet losing the site to build houses on were quickly dismissed.”
The Globe works sits in the middle of a residential are and the application for 21 new warehousing could mean a significant increase in traffic on Dock Road Rectory Road and Cement Block Cottages.
Cllr Gledhill added “I was also disgusted to hear that the applicant wanted to remove work time restrictions in order to reduce the amount of planning contribution from £171,000 to £20,000. If they did this it would open the door to all sorts applications on the cheap!
I just hope at the next hearing the committee reject the application as Little Thurrock needs houses not warehouses, homes not HGVs.
The committee deferred the application in order to speak to the applicant about planning contributions. There were also concerns that planning officers had regarding slippage from a nearby cliff face which needed to be addressed.