RESIDENTS and councillors in Homesteads are celebrating after two controversial planning applications were turned down.
The first decision was to reject more homes in Central Avenue, and the other to reject a lorry park on green belt at Cawder Hall farm, near One Tree Hill.
Additionally, enforcement action was granted against the company behind the lorry park.
Homesteads ward councillor James Halden said: “Councillors worked hard on Thurrock’s core strategy and the local development plan, to outline what kind of development is acceptable in Homesteads. The policies are designed to ensure that big, sensible and important developments can take place, but protect local communities from damage from ill thought through plans.
“Homesteads is rightly protected from overdevelopment, and building on the green belt. I am delighted the planning committee once again defended our constituents and our ward.”
Fellow councillor Pauline Tolson added “Infill building in areas like Central Avenue has now been refused several times. If you look at previous plans for Foxfield Drive, the planning inspectorate backed the planning committees’ decision to refuse additional development there too. I hope that this latest win will finally show people that overdevelopment in Homesteads will not be tolerated”.
Finally, Cllr Halden added “We thank our many constituents, as always, for contacting us. The enforcement action at Cawder Hall farm will be a big blow to those who think that planning policy can be ignored. As local councillors, we will always defend our community.”