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.