Controversial Malvern Road planning application refused

Malvern Road

LITTLE Thurrock Residents saw an application for five mobile homes and five caravans again refused on the greenbelt behind Malvern Road.

The application was similar to one refused by the council five years earlier but later given temporary permission by the Planning Inspector.

Little Thurrock Councillor and Council Leader Rob Gledhill said “This is like Groundhog Day with the same application for caravans on the greenbelt being submitted by the new owners. Five years ago residents had to endure truck load after truck load of hardcore and mobile homes being driven down Malvern Road all before planning permission was applied for.

“They then had to endure the same again earlier last year. I am pleased that the planning committee all agreed with planning officers that this application should be refused and hopefully this site will be returned back to pasture land in the near future.”

The committee heard that the council had to seek a Court injunction to stop the unauthorised work on the site after the stop notice was ignored. They were also informed that previous planning permission was granted with a number of conditions including being only for the previous owners for a maximum of 5 years.

Chair of the Planning Committee and fellow ward Councillor, Tom Kelly, added “Yet again the planning committee voted unanimously against this application on the greenbelt where no special circumstances were provided to allow it to be passed.

“We had to push hard to get the owner to stop the works as we were worried that the site was being used for fly tipping.

“Residents, Rob and I were felt very let down by the Planning Inspector when she granted the temporary permission and hope that if the applicant does appeal against the decision that the new inspector rejects it.”

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