Thursday, December 8, 2022

Plans for 230 affordable homes on Thurrock green belt are set to be refused

PLANS for 230 affordable homes on Thurrock green belt are set to be refused.

An application to build the one to four bedroom homes on Land adjacent and to the rear of the George and Dragon pub in East Tilbury Road is recommended for refusal after the council received almost 300 objections from residents.

The proposal for the one to three-storey homes includes demolition of an agriculture building on the site which planning history shows a single storey home and a hay barn have previously been refused.

The homes on the 23-acres site would be built in five different areas, with dwellings designed to reflect the distinct character of each area. Part of the modular buildings would be constructed off site.

Planning officers said: “It is considered that the proposed development would have a substantial impact on both the spatial and visual aspects of openness, an impact as a result of the footprint of the development and the resulting built volume.

“The applicant has not sought a temporary planning permission and it must the assumed that the design life of the development would be many decades. The intended permanency of the development would therefore impact upon openness.”

Residents have strongly opposed the scheme, however siting a string of objections, including increased traffic and increased use of a level crossing as a result of freight movements, insufficient facilities and infrastructure and “inappropriate development in the Green Belt”.
Town planners agreed with residents. A report to the planning committee which will meet on Wednesday, said:

“The proposal represents inappropriate development in the green belt that would be harmful by definition, would cause substantial harm to the openness of the green belt and would conflict to varying degrees with three of the five purposes of including land in the green belt.

“Benefits would arise from the proposal including, but not limited to, a contribution of 230 houses towards the supply of housing and the supply of affordable housing, public transport infrastructure, a link to Linford Woods and the other benefits. However, these are not considered to represent material considerations of sufficient weight to clearly outweigh substantial weight that should be afforded to the harm caused to the green belt.”

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