DESPITE the support of almost 800 local people, and prominent local organisations including Aveley Village Community Forum and Essex Chamber of Commerce, the Planning Inspectorate dismissed Howard Tenens’ appeal to extend and improve its site off Stifford Road, South Ockendon.
Inspector Katie Peerless acknowledged that the planning application, refused by Thurrock Thames Gateway Development Corporation in September 2010, was on previously developed land, included beneficial landscaping, could bring ecological benefits with neutral impact on nearby Ancient Woodland and could also generate 200 jobs.
She also accepted it could prevent the loss of existing jobs, help meet the need for sites for open storage and bring improvements for residents of Stifford Road. The main reasons given for refusal focused on the impact of development on the Green Belt.
Dan Morris, Managing Director of Property at Howard Tenens, said:
“This decision is a terrible blow for businesses on the site, our neighbours and the wider local community. At a time when the government is bringing forward the Localism Bill to give local communities a far greater say over planning decisions, it’s very sad that the people who live and work here have been overlooked.
“I want to express my heartfelt thanks to the hundreds of people who supported us and who will be deeply disappointed by the Inspector’s decision. Howard Tenens will continue to do everything it can to be a good neighbour.”
The second part of the inquiry, which will consider two enforcement notices issued by Thurrock Council for the use of part of the site, is currently scheduled to begin on the 5th of December 2011.
Local residents who wish to support Tenens at the Inquiry should contact Jared Ingham on 0800 019 5878.