2013 could be the year that the landscape of Aveley changes forever.
For years, the campaigning community leaders, residents and councillors have tried to control, petition and negotiate over the possible changes to the area.
For some it is a futile, King Canute type exercise. For others it is a vital attempt to prevent a small community, a village in many ways from being engulfed by the town called London which it borders.
Perhaps, significantly, three planning applications were submitted to Thurrock Council in the dying days of 2012, that may change things for ever.
1. London Fire Brigade Sports And Social Club Purfleet Road Aveley.
Outline Planning Permission (with some matters reserved) for the demolition of existing buildings and comprehensive redevelopment comprising 501 residential dwellings, 985sqm of commercial / community / health floorspace, with associated infrastructure including new vehicular access onto London Road, public open spaces, replacement bowling green and local community facilities.
2. Aveley Village Extension South Of Aveley Bypass, Aveley
Submission of reserved matters pursuant to outline planning permission 09/00091/TTGOUT for the creation of 340 no. one, two, three and four bedroom houses and apartments, plus associated roads, paths, drives, car parking, ancillary structures and landscaping (amendment to reserved matters approved under reference 10/50216/TTGREM on 09 December 2010).
3. The Old Washmill Site, Purfleet Road, Aveley
The proposed development is residential (social) of 36 units consisting of 17 flat units and 19 house units on the site of a former cements works and disused quarry.
We will follow the all with great interest.
This makes interesting reading seeing as Anglian water have confirmed that the foul sewage is at capacity in Aveley. I guess many of us shall look forward to a happy and prosperous 2013 with sewage coming up into our gardens
Aveley should be ringfenced by the council as a location where no more building should be allowed to take place. Aveley is not a town and should not be turned into a town for the sake of building hundreds of flats. I find it interesting that Havering next door does not suffer from these repeated attacks on its green belt, nor does Castle point, Brentwood or Basildon.