Tuesday, December 6, 2022

Conservatives oppose sale of King Street car park in Stanford-le-Hope

A LEADING Conservative councillor for Stanford has criticised plans to sell off King Street Car Park.

The site, situated right in the heart of Stanford, has been earmarked for sale for £350,000, to be agreed at Wednesday’s Cabinet meeting. Last year a planning application for 24 flats and a supermarket was controversially approved, but many residents want better for what is a key town centre site.

Local councillor Shane Hebb said “I am absolutely opposed to this proposed sale. The site is one of the best chances for regeneration in Stanford, and to sell it off now is short-sighted. Local residents are drawing up a “neighbourhood plan” for what kind of development they want to see, and selling this site now would undermine that.

“There are other practical concerns as well. Stanford already has 2 supermarkets, and the proposals are likely to cause further strain on parking spaces, as none are planned for the flats. It is being said that this is the only option for this site, but at least one other developer has contacted councillors. This should be investigated to secure the best future for Stanford.

“To sell such a prime location for £350,000 in these circumstances is not just premature, it’s irresponsible. I will be asking Cabinet to delay making the decision.”

5 COMMENTS

  1. Unfortunately planning permission has already been granted on the 2nd August 2012 (confusingly the Council Minutes show Cllr Hebb voting both for and against the application).

    It is also unfortunate that Conservatives on the Planning Committee voted for this application so it is a bit disingenuous to claim ‘Conservatives’ oppose this sale when several of them voted for it.

    I wonder if Cllr Hebb voted for the Local Development Plan and if that included a supermarket and flats on the King Street car park site? If I recall every Conservative voted for it.

  2. You really have to feel for Thurrock people. Conservatives vote for one thing, then suddenly realize , ooops I have made a dreadful mistake when it is far to late. Whether it be fobbing, horndon, corringham, blackshots, aveley now Stanford Le hope, you can bet all the money in china behind the scenes there is a good old Tory promoting a development site who then once minutes of meetings exposes their voting then desperately issues the usual “Iam on the side of residents” statement hoping people won’t pick up on their deceitfulness.

  3. Conservative hypocrisy and certain dodgy decisions and undeclared gifts and hospitality to one side…

    I would question the sale price though. It looks like it has been valued as a car park rather than a potential development site that has planning permission. The site is well and truly undervalued and I would have expected the site, with planning permission, to be sold for substantially more.

    The taxpayer is getting a rubbish return if the site is being sold off for a mere £350,000. It wasn’t so long ago the Council spent £51,000 resurfacing and putting in new lighting in the car park.

    If I was the developer I would be laughing all the way to the bank at such a low sale price and the potential profits.

  4. Ed, you are deliberately being misleading, as you well know.

    “Does this plan get planning permission?” is a different question to “should I sell this land?”. You can apply for planning permission to build a helipad on the roof of the Civic Offices, and it might be granted – but that doesn’t mean the council will sell you the civic offices, or otherwise give you permission, to actually do it!

    The planning permission was presumably granted because it was an acceptable plan in the eyes of councillors in terms of the LDF. This does NOT mean that the council has to sell it to the developer. They could sell it to me if I offered them £400k for it. Or they could not sell it.

    Cllr Hebb’s views are not inconsistent

  5. I think you will find that the sale of the land is already a done deal. I first saw the proposals for the site back in 2004 – 8 years later planning permission is granted. So there could possibly have been 8 years worth of negotiations to get where we are today.

    The initial draft plan would have seen the both The Railway and Rising Sun being demolished and a much larger supermarket and larger number of flats being built.

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