Stanford residents ready to protest at Inquiry

THE Planning Inquiry into Barrett’s proposal to build 350 houses on Greenbelt Land at St Cleres Golf Course in Butts Lane Stanford le Hope starts on 18th October.

RAID and the Stanford Forum have been granted Rule 6 status which will enable them to take an active role in the Inquiry, something they fully intend to do.

A spokesperson said: “Thurrock Council has made what we feel is a very strong case relying on current and emerging planning laws. We will be concentrating our efforts around the intimate knowledge we have of the area and also what is quite often missing from these Inquiries that being a commonsense approach and interpretation of the local plans, many of which were developed with the help of local people.”

RAID and the Stanford Forum have submitted a petition containing more than 2000 signatures against the proposal however they would still like the help of local people.

The Planning Inquiry is being held at Thurrock Council’s offices in New Rd Grays starting at 10am on the 18th October.  They would like as many people to turn up at the Council Offices between 8.45 am and 10am to stage a show of solidarity to the Inspector and other officials that will be arriving to take part in the Inquiry.

A spokesperson added: “This will be a peaceful gathering, we do not need people to attend the Inquiry as there is limited seating. It is not our wish for you to disrupt the meeting this would be counter productive but a good show of strength outside the building would show the support we have. The Inquiry is due to last four days, so if you cant get along on the first day try to make it to one of the others.”

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