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Council rejects criticism over 500 homes
11:40am Monday 28th October 2013 in Echo News
A PARISH council has hit back at criticism that it failed to support people fighting to stop 500 homes being built in a village.
Hullbridge Parish Council has released a statement hitting back at criticism after a planning inspector said the homes could be built in the village.
The parish council was criticised by the Hullbridge Residents Action Group for its lack of support during its bid to stop the homes plan going ahead.
However, the parish council says it will continue to fight against the plans in the best interests of local residents.
In the statement it said: “We cannot, as a parish council, actively support any residents or pressure group and must remain independent.
Otherwise this would put councillors in a conflict situation as a decision maker, especially with any future planning applications.
“This parish council, since 2006, has been responding to consultations on the core strategy and allocations document, with the interest of residents being paramount.”
It added: “If this unwelcome development goes ahead in Hullbridge, then Hullbridge Parish Council will fight for the best outcome for its residents.”
The homes for Hullbridge are part of plans to build 2,785 homes in the Rochford district by 2025. As part of the report, previous green belt land in Malyons Lane would also be reclassed as residential land for future developments.
The Hullbridge Residents Action Group has been fighting for months against the proposals, by knocking on doors, delivering leaflets and hosting meetings in the village.
The group found 98 per cent of residents spoken to are against the plans.
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