Controversial lorry park to be closed down (in four years)

PLANNING INSPECTOR, Pete Drew has ordered the Titan Works lorry park in Oliver Road to close down in four years.

His decision comes after a recent planning inquiry held at the council offices in Civic Road, Thurrock.

The details published today are as follows:

1) The use hereby permitted shall be for a limited period being the period of 4 years from the date of this decision.

2) At the end of the 4 year period, the use hereby permitted shall cease, all vehicles and equipment brought on to the land in connection with the use shall be removed and the land shall be restored to its condition before the use commenced. For the avoidance of doubt this latter term shall be taken to include the removal of all modular buildings, including the security office/gatehouse building, the floodlights, the perimeter fencing and the hardstanding.

3) The use shall cease, all vehicles and equipment brought on to the land in connection with the use shall be removed and all associated operational development, comprising of hard-standing, the erection of floodlights and boundary fencing, and the siting of modular buildings shall be demolished and their constituent elements removed from the land within 3 months of the date of failure to meet any requirement set out in (i) to (v) below:-

i) within 3 months of the date of this decision details of: (a) the position, height, design, materials and level of illumination of the floodlights [“the lighting scheme”]; (b) the position of existing and proposed foul and surface water drainage runs, including drains, and details of oil interceptors [“the drainage scheme”]; and (c) soft landscaping at the south-west end of the site, beyond parking space Nos 357 and 358 on drawing No TPS03290 Issue B, and the area between the canteen, as annotated on drawing No TPS03290 Issue B, and Oliver Road [“the landscaping scheme”], shall be submitted for the written approval of the Local Planning Authority;

ii) within 11 months of the date of this decision the lighting scheme, the drainage scheme and the landscaping scheme shall have been approved in writing by the Local Planning Authority or, if the Local Planning Authority refuse to approve any scheme or fail to give a decision within the prescribed period, an appeal shall have been made to, and accepted as validly made by, the Secretary of State;

iii) if an appeal is made in pursuance of (ii) above, that appeal shall have been finally determined and the submitted scheme[s] shall have been approved by the Secretary of State;

iv) within 3 months of the date of its written approval, whether by the Local Planning Authority or the Secretary of State on appeal, the approved lighting scheme and the approved drainage scheme shall be carried out in accordance with the approved details of each scheme and they shall thereafter be retained in accordance with the approved details and, as appropriate, the manufacturers instructions unless otherwise required to be removed pursuant to condition 2;

v) within 3 months of the date of its written approval, whether by the Local Planning Authority or the Secretary of State on appeal, or the end of the next planting season following the date of its written approval, whichever is the later, the approved landscaping scheme shall be carried out in accordance with the approved details. Any trees or plants which within a period of 2 years from implementation.

Full reaction from a number of parties to follow.

 

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