Thursday, December 8, 2022

Approval for 230 flat pack homes on Thurrock’s green belt

THURROCK councillors have approved plans for 230 flat-pack homes on green belt despite a recommendation of refusal and almost 300 objections from residents.

Ilke Homes plans to build the one to four bedroom homes on land adjacent to the George and Dragon pub in East Tilbury Road, Linford.


Residents strongly opposed the scheme, siting a string of objections, including increased traffic and “inappropriate development in the green belt”.

At a planning committee meeting on Wednesday, East Tilbury ward councillor, Fraser Massey, said: “I feel the very special circumstances to develop green belt have not been met. Any loss of this green belt will potentially urbanise an area which doesn’t have the infrastructure in place to allow for hundreds more homes.”

Ilke Homes is set to provide £225,000 for public improvements across Linford and east Tilbury and money for upgrades to Tilbury Station.

Committee chairman Tom Kelly said: “We can reject the application which is the officers’ recommendation but are we actually helping people get on the property ladder in a housing crisis? I’ve never, in all my years on planning, come across a site that is 100 per cent affordable.

“It’s not about us. It’s about the 230 people who are going to be living there.”
Ilke Homes is already building 150 affordable and energy efficient homes in Stanford-le-Hope along with 221 in Southend. The Linford development will have a “zero bill” scheme with no gas supply but instead will have air source heat pumps and PV and battery storage facilities meaning residents should pay no energy bills “for at least five years” according to Matt Suggitt, regional development director for Ilke Homes.

He said: “Producing modular homes since 2016, we are the market leader in modular construction, on course to deliver 10,000 homes across the UK in the next five years. Our homes are manufactured in a factory before being installed on site ensuring the highest levels of quality control and energy efficiency.

“These homes supported by your housing team and our shareholder the Guinness Partnership Housing Association will provide options for future generations wanting to stay in the area.”

A final decision will be given by the Secretary of State.

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