Permission for Butts Lane housing development finally goes through

APPROVAL has been given for the detailed plans for a new housing estate in Stanford-le-Hope.

At tonight’s (Thursday) meeting of Thurrock Council’s planning committee, members unanimously approved the Barratt Homes development of more than 300 new homes on Butts Lane. Thurrock Council had originally vetoed outline plans for the site, but they were granted by the planning minister after an appeal and public hearing reports the Thurrock Enquirer.

Members heard that a number of issues raised at a previous meeting about car parking, the impact of headlights on nearby houses and noise from a planned community centre had been resolved by Barratts.

The solution to the headlight problem is to create a layby for residents parking for three cars on Butts Lane opposite a junction, so that cars there will act as a shield.

Proposing the detailed application, committee chairman Cllr Terry Hipsey, who is a ward councillor for the area, said: “I was absolutely devastated when this was originally proposed but we have to accept what the Secretary of State approved and since that time this the actual design and layout has won me over and I think it is a good scheme. What I also appreciate is that the developer has listened to the ward councillors, the forum and residents.”

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