750 homes will destroy Pitsea village, campaigners fear

750 homes will destroy Pitsea village, campaigners fear

750 homes will destroy Pitsea village, campaigners fear

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A DECISION is likely within threemonths on plans to build hundreds of homes on green belt land at Bowers Gifford.

Residents campaigning against Meridian Strategic Land’s plans for 750 houses off Pound Lane, Bowers Gifford, were told that was how long they’d have to wait for a Government inspector to rule on the plans, as a public inquiry ended last week.

Basildon Council refused the application in September, Meridian appealed and the inquiry was hearing the case for andagainst the development.

MP Stephen Metcalfe spoke at the inquiry and voiced fears Bowers Gifford would become a town in its own right if the plans went ahead.

The South Basildon and East Thurrock MP said he had been lobbied on the issue by an unprecedented number of constituents.

He added: “Bowers Gifford has about 600 homes at themoment and about 1,500 residents.

Bringing another 750 homes would more than double the size of the area.

“It would turn a village into a small town.”

Basildon Council refused the plans, complying with the wishes of 5,000 residents who signed a petition.

More than 100 people attended the meeting at which the decisionwas made.

The council has said some green belt land will have to be sacrificed, but its draft Local Plan, excludes the site from areas earmarked for housing, arguing it should be preserved.

Building a new estate would blur the boundaries between Bowers Gifford and North Benfleet, the plan says.

Since the appeal hearing, the developer has offered to build a medical centre and primary school community centre and donate green space the size of about ten football pitches to the public.

RoseGriffin, of Bowers Gifford and North Benfleet Residents’ Association, told the inspector: “The appellant has told us time and time again it knows much better than we do what we really want. Well, what we want is to keep our green belt.”

Residents are hoping the inspector will uphold the council’s refusal and help it block future proposals for sites in the green belt in the east of the borough.

BernardFoster, vice-chairman of Bowers Gifford Parish Council, said: “Instead of this plan of destruction, we want to work with Basildon Council to obtain a solution.”

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7:08pm Tue 4 Mar 14

carnmountyouknowitmakessense says...

Now this build would be a shame, if it goes ahead here, as we do like our country walks, surely the logical location for such a build would be Canvey Island
Now this build would be a shame, if it goes ahead here, as we do like our country walks, surely the logical location for such a build would be Canvey Island carnmountyouknowitmakessense
  • Score: -4

7:34pm Tue 4 Mar 14

Howard Cháse says...

If or more probably when this goes ahead will the 750 homes go towards the total number that the council insist must be built or will they be like all the other recent new builds and not count?
If or more probably when this goes ahead will the 750 homes go towards the total number that the council insist must be built or will they be like all the other recent new builds and not count? Howard Cháse
  • Score: 2

8:38pm Tue 4 Mar 14

daninorth says...

I thought they wasn't? http://www.theenquir
er.co.uk/council-scr
aps-plans-to-build-o
n-bowers-gifford-gre
enbelt/
I thought they wasn't? http://www.theenquir er.co.uk/council-scr aps-plans-to-build-o n-bowers-gifford-gre enbelt/ daninorth
  • Score: 0

10:25pm Tue 4 Mar 14

supermadmax says...

Yes! Take that NIMBY's.
Yes! Take that NIMBY's. supermadmax
  • Score: -3

10:34pm Tue 4 Mar 14

ThisYear says...

At least they are not pointing.
At least they are not pointing. ThisYear
  • Score: 0

11:36pm Tue 4 Mar 14

Southchurch75 says...

Where the hell is Pitsea Village? Surely one Pitsea is one too many!
Where the hell is Pitsea Village? Surely one Pitsea is one too many! Southchurch75
  • Score: 6

6:30am Wed 5 Mar 14

Eric the Red says...

Just what we need in one of the most crowded and over-developed corners of the Country! It'll soon be like London - gridlock and no greenery - just a few 'parks;.
Just what we need in one of the most crowded and over-developed corners of the Country! It'll soon be like London - gridlock and no greenery - just a few 'parks;. Eric the Red
  • Score: 5

8:11am Wed 5 Mar 14

pembury53 says...

Eric the Red wrote:
Just what we need in one of the most crowded and over-developed corners of the Country! It'll soon be like London - gridlock and no greenery - just a few 'parks;.
in fact, not only will it be 'like' london, we are simply becoming part of london, as its outer boroughs constantly expand towards our expansions..... 'london southend airport'...... i think they know the score......... quality of life will plummet, simple as that.........
[quote][p][bold]Eric the Red[/bold] wrote: Just what we need in one of the most crowded and over-developed corners of the Country! It'll soon be like London - gridlock and no greenery - just a few 'parks;.[/p][/quote]in fact, not only will it be 'like' london, we are simply becoming part of london, as its outer boroughs constantly expand towards our expansions..... 'london southend airport'...... i think they know the score......... quality of life will plummet, simple as that......... pembury53
  • Score: 2

9:29am Wed 5 Mar 14

Kim Gandy says...

carnmountyouknowitma
kessense
wrote:
Now this build would be a shame, if it goes ahead here, as we do like our country walks, surely the logical location for such a build would be Canvey Island
As in the thread on the disabled man objecting to a music venue, here you are again, contradicting yourself.

It is not clear where you live but am I right in guessing you would not like any of these developments next door to you?

I know what it's like to have to live with something on your doorstep that affects your entire life and I am not just talking about living in Rayleigh.

Hence my strength of feeling in these issues. I think it's down to those objecting because they are the ones who will be affected. Who are we to argue about what does or does not happen in another community when I have been a campaigner and objector myself.

I live in a town centre and have to accept that a certain amount of noise is part of the package but like anyone else, I feel I am entitled to a certain amount of peace and quiet.

I am sure we all feel like that about the places in which we live.
[quote][p][bold]carnmountyouknowitma kessense[/bold] wrote: Now this build would be a shame, if it goes ahead here, as we do like our country walks, surely the logical location for such a build would be Canvey Island[/p][/quote]As in the thread on the disabled man objecting to a music venue, here you are again, contradicting yourself. It is not clear where you live but am I right in guessing you would not like any of these developments next door to you? I know what it's like to have to live with something on your doorstep that affects your entire life and I am not just talking about living in Rayleigh. Hence my strength of feeling in these issues. I think it's down to those objecting because they are the ones who will be affected. Who are we to argue about what does or does not happen in another community when I have been a campaigner and objector myself. I live in a town centre and have to accept that a certain amount of noise is part of the package but like anyone else, I feel I am entitled to a certain amount of peace and quiet. I am sure we all feel like that about the places in which we live. Kim Gandy
  • Score: -2

11:34am Wed 5 Mar 14

mikepaterson says...

daninorth wrote:
I thought they wasn't? http://www.theenquir

er.co.uk/council-scr

aps-plans-to-build-o

n-bowers-gifford-gre

enbelt/
It was rejected by the council as detailed in the document you linked, but every developer can appeal which is what is happening here. The developer is trying to use the fact that the local development plan has not yet been submitted and the fact that there is a housing shortage as reason for granting this big development in Greenbelt. The same thing was tried recently in CastlePoint and the council won the appeal against the developer as the plan was close to being ready.

As Basildon is at about the same stage with the plan as Castle Point, precedent would perhaps dictate that the development would be thrown out, and quite rightly so IMO.

What is interesting is that the council plan to erect around 2,000 homes in North Benfleet in their PADC6 proposal. This would appear to be in land between Burnt Mills Road and the A127.
[quote][p][bold]daninorth[/bold] wrote: I thought they wasn't? http://www.theenquir er.co.uk/council-scr aps-plans-to-build-o n-bowers-gifford-gre enbelt/[/p][/quote]It was rejected by the council as detailed in the document you linked, but every developer can appeal which is what is happening here. The developer is trying to use the fact that the local development plan has not yet been submitted and the fact that there is a housing shortage as reason for granting this big development in Greenbelt. The same thing was tried recently in CastlePoint and the council won the appeal against the developer as the plan was close to being ready. As Basildon is at about the same stage with the plan as Castle Point, precedent would perhaps dictate that the development would be thrown out, and quite rightly so IMO. What is interesting is that the council plan to erect around 2,000 homes in North Benfleet in their PADC6 proposal. This would appear to be in land between Burnt Mills Road and the A127. mikepaterson
  • Score: 0

11:37am Wed 5 Mar 14

mikepaterson says...

Southchurch75 wrote:
Where the hell is Pitsea Village? Surely one Pitsea is one too many!
Yes!

I think that the Echo have got it wrong! They have assumed that as Bowers Gifford and North Benfleet are in the Pitsea ward that it is called Pitsea Village for some reason.

They also got this bit wrong:

blur the boundaries between Bowers Gifford and North Benfleet,

They should have said blur the boundaries between Bowers Gifford and North Benfleet, with Pitsea.
[quote][p][bold]Southchurch75[/bold] wrote: Where the hell is Pitsea Village? Surely one Pitsea is one too many![/p][/quote]Yes! I think that the Echo have got it wrong! They have assumed that as Bowers Gifford and North Benfleet are in the Pitsea ward that it is called Pitsea Village for some reason. They also got this bit wrong: blur the boundaries between Bowers Gifford and North Benfleet, They should have said blur the boundaries between Bowers Gifford and North Benfleet, with Pitsea. mikepaterson
  • Score: 0

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