Friday, October 7, 2022

Heartache for residents as Woodview plans approved by Development Corporation

THERE WAS heartache for Grays residents as the plans for over 360 homes on the Woodview campus in Grays was “minded for approval” by the planning committee of the Thurrock Thames Gateway Development Corporation.

Despite forensic presentations by both local residents and councillors, the committee unanimous approval of the plans now means the application will go forward to the secretary of state.

Resident, Andrew Stickins made reference to the density of the new homes applications and overdevelopment.

Local Blackshots councillor, Joy Redsell defended her decision to agree to the development when she voted for it as part of the Local Development Framework by arguing that the plans back in 2010 referred to 200 homes whereas the 2012 plans were applying for over 350.

After the meeting, residents were granted a personal audience with the chief executive of Thurrock Council, Graham Farrant.

3 COMMENTS

  1. On the 27th January 2010 Cllr Redsell voted for the Draft Core Strategy and Development Management Policies Development Plan Document

    This is the link to the meeting:-

    http://democracy.thurrock.gov.uk/CmisWebPublic/Meeting.aspx?meetingID=1803

    This is the link to the document:-

    http://democracy.thurrock.gov.uk/CmisWebPublic/Binary.ashx?Document=14764

    Page 24, 25, 33 and page 47 mentions the Woodview college site while talking about the North-east Grays Urban Extension.

    Here is the actual text for pages 24 and 25

    3.49 The Council will support the relocation of a school currently located within the Green Belt at the North Grays Broad Location as complementary development to the proposed new Sports Hub and the relocation of a college to Grays Learning Campus town centre site. The vacated sites will be available for housing development.

    Here is the actual text on page 33:-

    North-east Grays Urban Extension (approximately 460 dwellings – indicative
    capacity)
    • There will be a limited release of PDL within the Greenbelt that will be made available by the relocation of one school and one College currently located within the North-East of the Grays Urban Area to accommodate new homes supported by community infrastructure. A new “Sports Hub” of co-located leisure and sports facilities will be developed in association with the new homes and the new relocated school/college.

    Page 47 states the following:-

    North-East Grays – Relocation of the Secondary School and College
    within the Green Belt
    • The Council will support the relocation of a school currently located within the Green Belt at the North Grays Broad Location as complementary development to the proposed new Sports Hub and the relocation of a college to Grays Learning Campus town centre site. The vacated sites will be available for housing development (See 3.i below)

    3. Housing Land Supply
    The following Broad Locations have been identified as Green Belt releases to
    contribute to the housing supply to 2021:
    (i) North East Grays – 461 (Identified potential capacity from school and college site, see 2 iii above)

    The North Grays Masterplan spoke about a development of 315 homes on the Woodview college site – page 54 and 55 of the document for details.

    Here is the link to the document:-

    http://www.thurrocktgdc.org.uk/data/Publications/Grays/North%20Grays%20Master%20Plan.pdf

    The documents mention developments of 315 to 461 homes.

    I have no idea where Cllr Redsell has plucked the figure of 200 homes from to defend why she voted to release the site for housing development?

    The plans back in 2010 mentioned 315 to 461 homes.

    Perhaps she could enlighten us?

  2. Large density housing projects and no local infrastructructure to cope with the new residents will be the legacy of the Gateway Corp. Politicians come and go the damage caused by poor planning and lack of investment in infrastructure lasts for ever. Where has all the Section 106 money gone?

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