MP questions “Integrity” over Aveley homes decision

THURROCK MP Jackie Doyle-Price has called on planning minister Eric Pickles to veto controversial plans for 501 new homes on the site of the former London Fire Brigade sports and social club at Aveley reports the Thurrock Enquirer.

The application was approved, against the advice of officers, by a narrow majority of councillors at last month’s planning meeting. Those councillors who backed it said they were doing so primarily because of the community benefits including a £500,000 donation to Treetops School, contributions to new school places in the Borough, a £1m contribution to Aveley Community centre and provision of news sports pitches and changing rooms at Belhus Park.

However, Ms Doyle-Price believes the backing was misplaced and there is not sufficient reason to grant the special circumstances required to build in the greenbelt.

Writing to Mr Pickles, Ms Doyle-Price expressed her concerns that monies raised from Section 106 planning agreements on the site should be targeted locally, not across the borough.

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