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Battle lines drawn for 800 homes Corringham
6:00am Thursday 24th October 2013 in Echo News
CAMPAIGNERS have drawn their battle lines once again to fight plans to build 800 homes on green belt land in Corringham.
Developers Iceni Projects and Cogent Land LLP are hoping to construct the swathe of new homes, which could increase the town’s population by 3,000 people.
It is the second time in the last six years plans to develop the land to the north east of Corringham, which runs alongside Lampits Hill, have come forward.
Save Corringham Green Belt, a campaign group that has reformed to oppose the proposals, claim the area does not have the infrastructure to deal with such a large increase in population and argue Thurrock’s green spaces should be spared from development.
Anne Sandu, Lampits Lane resident and spokeswoman for Save Corringham Green Belt, said: “This development could see 3,000 people, maybe more, move to Corringham. There’s going to be a surprisingly high percentage of people with cars and we’re not really served well with buses.
“There’s already a lot of traffic, particularly on the A13. We’re concerned about the infrastructure and people are concerned about the hospital and its ability to help even more people.”
In February 2008, plans were defeated by the same campaign group, backed by the then prospective South Basildon and East Thurrock MP Stephen Metcalfe.
Iceni Projects and Cogent Land LLP, who were also involved in the 2008 proposals, want to build 800 properties on the 34 hectares of fields and it is thought an application for outline planning permission could be submitted by the end of the year.
The two firms held a public exhibition to talk through the plans at Gable Hall School three weeks ago, which some local residents branded “a sham”.
Ms Sandu said there were artist’s impressions, but argued they may not be an accurate representation as the land is likely to be sold on to builders once planning permission is granted.
She added: “We have no political axe to grind, we just want to save the green belt land and show our concerns for the area’s infrastructure.”
Now MP for the area, Mr Metcalfe said he still opposes the plans: “I am opposing this as I have done since the first proposal five years ago. Nothing has changed in my view. Thurrock has got plenty of brown field sites it can develop on, it doesn’t need to release green belt sites like this one.”
Mr Metcalfe added he did not think the super port London Gateway, which opens next month, was attracting developers to Thurrock, rather that developers might use the port as an excuse to develop on green belt land.
He said: “I don’t think the port is the primary reason for developers, but it’s a reason for justifying it.”
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