Tuesday, July 23, 2024

Councillors clash over new supermarket plans for Stanford-le-Hope

STANFORD COUNCILLORS clashed over plans for a new supermarket and flats in the heart of Stanford-le-Hope.

The proposal for King Street was tabled at a meeting of the Thurrock Council planning committee.

Speaking on behalf of his client, Mr Danny Simmonds described how the retail outlet and 22 residential “units” wold enhance the area.

Mr Simmonds made reference to growth in the area including the DP World development.

Chair of the committee, cllr Terry Hipsey agreed. He said: “This shopping area is dying on its knees and we must act to help.

“We have possible housing developments in Butts Lane, Victoria Road and East Tilbury. We need to provide for the incoming residents.”

But local Stanford councillor, Shane Hebb was not convinced and voted against the development as it was not “iconic”.

East Tilbury councillor also expressed a number of concerns including the loss of view to St Margarets church as well as the possible threat to the Tescos and the Co-Op in the area.

The application was approved.

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