THERE has been a number of reactions to the statement by the government to uphold the decision by the planning inspector to reject and application to build 500 homes in Aveley.
A statement by Thurrock Council:
"Thurrock’s Planning Committee members considered that, on balance, the provision of housing was a positive thing. The Secretary of State also recognises that housing needs to be provided in the borough, but has decided this site is not a right one.
"Through the current review of the Local Plan the council will work hard to identify appropriate sites that can help meet Thurrock’s housing needs".
Statement by Ukip councillor for Aveley and Uplands, cllr Robert Ray.
"I am delighted for all the resident and all the hard work undertaken, especially by Ukip.
"What we want to see now is the land put back to its original state.
"I will be contacting the Enforcement Officer as soon as possible."
Thurrock MP, Jackie Doyle-Price has gone on twitter to express her delight.
Ms Doyle-Price said: "Great news – government saves Aveley green belt after Thurrock planning committee approved 501 houses."
Grays Athletic, who were hoping to see progress on a new ground on the back of this application, have indicated that they will be making a statement this afternoon.