Homesteads councillors pledge to keep up the fight

THURROCK’S Homestead councillors have pledged to continue to fight to preserve green spaces in their ward.

They told the media that they were left pleased, but not ecstatic, following last week’s planning committee.

The planning committee rejected an infill application for Foxfield Drive, but passed an amended plan for the site next to Cameron Close, on Branksome Avenue.

Cllr Halden said “Foxfield Drive has long been opposed by residents and Councillors, so we are delighted to see this site rejected. It is always gratifying to see that hours spent pouring over council planning polices pay off when we are able to enforce robust planning policy to protect the community from over development”.

Cllr Tolson added “While I was disappointed to see the Branksome Avenue application go through with the current density, I was pleased that we did get some concessions to reflect residents’ concerns”.

Cllr Tolson concluded by saying “On behalf of myself, Councillors Halden and MacPherson, and Stephen Metcalfe MP, I want to thank our constituents who fought these applications with us, especially Mr Steve Peak – both of them! Local people taking an active interest in their local communities is how areas really improve and get protected”.

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