Persimmon Homes push ahead with plans for 265 homes off Jotmans Lane, Benfleet

Southend Standard: Green belt under threat as developer appeals Green belt under threat as developer appeals

The fate of a green belt site in Benfleet could now rest with Government inspectors after developers lodged an appeal.

Persimmon Homes have appealed to the Government’s planning inspectorate after controversial proposals to build 265 homes on land south of Jotmans Lane, were thrown out by Castle Point Council last October.

A planning inquiry could take place in October or November when both sides will go head-tohead, to fight their case.

Campaigners say they will fight to the bitter end to save the 35-acre site from development.

Sharon Knight, of the Save Jotmans Farm action group, said: “Who knows what will happen.

Persimmon has all the money in the world to throw at this, whereas we are just a small group of residents funding everything ourselves.

“It just seems like a game to them, but to us it’s where we live and we want to protect it. We just wish they would go away, but they just won’t. We just need to keep fighting.”

More than 600 residents objected to the plans following concerns roads would struggle to cope with the extra traffic and the loss of a green belt site.

A planning inquiry was held in December 2012 over plans to build 165 homes on green belt land off Glebelands, in Benfleet.

Planning inspector John Felgate originally ruled in favour of the development, sparking fears it could also happen at Jotmans.

The Glebelands development was eventually thrown out by Secretary of State Eric Pickles and then again by a High Court judge, but it is still under contention by Fox Land and Property.

Campaigners say the fight for the Jotmans site has not been helped by land north and south of Jotmans Lane being earmarked for 800 homes under the council’s draft local plan.

Andrew Sheldon, Tory councillor for St Mary’s ward, said: “With the High Court judgement on Gelebelands, the updated Government guidance to the planning inspector and the democratic will of the council to look again at the local plan, this is a desperate all or nothing gamble for Persimmon.

“I say bring it on, we will be ready.”

A spokeswoman from the council said: “The council was notified last week an appeal has been lodged against the decision to refuse planning permission for this application.

“The appeal papers are with the planning inspectorate for validation, and once accepted, will be published on the council’s website.

“The appeal is likely to be heard by way of a public local inquiry, held in the council chamber and probably in either mid October or mid November.”

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7:18am Tue 1 Apr 14

carnmountyouknowitmakessense says...

The Government inspectors, will be arriving in style, so we've heard, on horse and carts, to take away all those pies and ale, so they approve this massive life changing build.
The Government inspectors, will be arriving in style, so we've heard, on horse and carts, to take away all those pies and ale, so they approve this massive life changing build. carnmountyouknowitmakessense
  • Score: 1

8:00am Tue 1 Apr 14

pembury53 says...

carnmountyouknowitma
kessense
wrote:
The Government inspectors, will be arriving in style, so we've heard, on horse and carts, to take away all those pies and ale, so they approve this massive life changing build.
life changing it certainly will be, for those enduring the daily commute.....
[quote][p][bold]carnmountyouknowitma kessense[/bold] wrote: The Government inspectors, will be arriving in style, so we've heard, on horse and carts, to take away all those pies and ale, so they approve this massive life changing build.[/p][/quote]life changing it certainly will be, for those enduring the daily commute..... pembury53
  • Score: 5

8:52am Tue 1 Apr 14

Kim Gandy says...

I was looking at Canvey from Hadleigh Castle on Sunday and thinking how impacted it looks. Such a lot on one small piece of land. Houses, industrial estates, roads... it's overdone already.

And it's a flood plain.

But this is all about money isn't it? Brown envelopes and freemasons.

I sincerely hope those protesting can win this one though. I know what it's like getting involved in activism. It's an uphill struggle as you are surrounded by moneygrubbers who don't care what you think.

They don't like you trampling all over their opportunities to make a fortune.

And they don't like it up em either.
I was looking at Canvey from Hadleigh Castle on Sunday and thinking how impacted it looks. Such a lot on one small piece of land. Houses, industrial estates, roads... it's overdone already. And it's a flood plain. But this is all about money isn't it? Brown envelopes and freemasons. I sincerely hope those protesting can win this one though. I know what it's like getting involved in activism. It's an uphill struggle as you are surrounded by moneygrubbers who don't care what you think. They don't like you trampling all over their opportunities to make a fortune. And they don't like it up em either. Kim Gandy
  • Score: 6

9:35am Tue 1 Apr 14

Sensible Man says...

Let us all hope that this disgusting appeal is thrown out immediately.

ESSEX IS FULL UP!!!

Surely even a government inspector can see that!!

Developers - please collect your environment destroying garbage and GO AWAY!!!!
Let us all hope that this disgusting appeal is thrown out immediately. ESSEX IS FULL UP!!! Surely even a government inspector can see that!! Developers - please collect your environment destroying garbage and GO AWAY!!!! Sensible Man
  • Score: 10

9:54am Tue 1 Apr 14

Howard Cháse says...

The rubber stamp will be being inked up as we read and comment on this.
The rubber stamp will be being inked up as we read and comment on this. Howard Cháse
  • Score: 6

9:54am Tue 1 Apr 14

pembury53 says...

Sensible Man wrote:
Let us all hope that this disgusting appeal is thrown out immediately. ESSEX IS FULL UP!!! Surely even a government inspector can see that!! Developers - please collect your environment destroying garbage and GO AWAY!!!!
unfortunately the govt inspectors wont live around here, so they wont give a hoot, as long as overall building quotas are on track...... i hope the protests are successful but in the long run there will be massive development in the area, and it will be horrid !
[quote][p][bold]Sensible Man[/bold] wrote: Let us all hope that this disgusting appeal is thrown out immediately. ESSEX IS FULL UP!!! Surely even a government inspector can see that!! Developers - please collect your environment destroying garbage and GO AWAY!!!![/p][/quote]unfortunately the govt inspectors wont live around here, so they wont give a hoot, as long as overall building quotas are on track...... i hope the protests are successful but in the long run there will be massive development in the area, and it will be horrid ! pembury53
  • Score: 9

11:16am Tue 1 Apr 14

Sensible Man says...

pembury53 wrote:
Sensible Man wrote:
Let us all hope that this disgusting appeal is thrown out immediately. ESSEX IS FULL UP!!! Surely even a government inspector can see that!! Developers - please collect your environment destroying garbage and GO AWAY!!!!
unfortunately the govt inspectors wont live around here, so they wont give a hoot, as long as overall building quotas are on track...... i hope the protests are successful but in the long run there will be massive development in the area, and it will be horrid !
Unfortunately you may well be right. But - the council with its local knowledge has decided - and that should be the end of it. The developers should admit they are not wanted - pack up - and clear off. Let us hope that the government inspectors are left in no doubt about this.

And why do these developers continue to ignore all the brownfield sites strewn all over Essex and insist on trying to destroy what is left of the Green Belt?

Well done though to Castle Point Council for opposing this - some of our other local councils could learn a lot from them rather than just rolling over to the shoeboxers at every opportunity.

Here's looking forward to one appeal being booted out very soon. By the way - does anyone have an address for these government inspectors so that local people can write to them and impress upon them that we do not all want to live in a filthy urban wasteland?
[quote][p][bold]pembury53[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Sensible Man[/bold] wrote: Let us all hope that this disgusting appeal is thrown out immediately. ESSEX IS FULL UP!!! Surely even a government inspector can see that!! Developers - please collect your environment destroying garbage and GO AWAY!!!![/p][/quote]unfortunately the govt inspectors wont live around here, so they wont give a hoot, as long as overall building quotas are on track...... i hope the protests are successful but in the long run there will be massive development in the area, and it will be horrid ![/p][/quote]Unfortunately you may well be right. But - the council with its local knowledge has decided - and that should be the end of it. The developers should admit they are not wanted - pack up - and clear off. Let us hope that the government inspectors are left in no doubt about this. And why do these developers continue to ignore all the brownfield sites strewn all over Essex and insist on trying to destroy what is left of the Green Belt? Well done though to Castle Point Council for opposing this - some of our other local councils could learn a lot from them rather than just rolling over to the shoeboxers at every opportunity. Here's looking forward to one appeal being booted out very soon. By the way - does anyone have an address for these government inspectors so that local people can write to them and impress upon them that we do not all want to live in a filthy urban wasteland? Sensible Man
  • Score: 5

5:08pm Tue 1 Apr 14

carnmountyouknowitmakessense says...

pembury53 wrote:
Sensible Man wrote:
Let us all hope that this disgusting appeal is thrown out immediately. ESSEX IS FULL UP!!! Surely even a government inspector can see that!! Developers - please collect your environment destroying garbage and GO AWAY!!!!
unfortunately the govt inspectors wont live around here, so they wont give a hoot, as long as overall building quotas are on track...... i hope the protests are successful but in the long run there will be massive development in the area, and it will be horrid !
South Essex has an unfilled new housing quota, which must be met, and by golly will be met.
Time for the Benfleetees to start looking forward to the convoys of lorries, arriving.
[quote][p][bold]pembury53[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Sensible Man[/bold] wrote: Let us all hope that this disgusting appeal is thrown out immediately. ESSEX IS FULL UP!!! Surely even a government inspector can see that!! Developers - please collect your environment destroying garbage and GO AWAY!!!![/p][/quote]unfortunately the govt inspectors wont live around here, so they wont give a hoot, as long as overall building quotas are on track...... i hope the protests are successful but in the long run there will be massive development in the area, and it will be horrid ![/p][/quote]South Essex has an unfilled new housing quota, which must be met, and by golly will be met. Time for the Benfleetees to start looking forward to the convoys of lorries, arriving. carnmountyouknowitmakessense
  • Score: -1

6:44pm Tue 1 Apr 14

iknowbetter says...

Sensible Man wrote:
pembury53 wrote:
Sensible Man wrote:
Let us all hope that this disgusting appeal is thrown out immediately. ESSEX IS FULL UP!!! Surely even a government inspector can see that!! Developers - please collect your environment destroying garbage and GO AWAY!!!!
unfortunately the govt inspectors wont live around here, so they wont give a hoot, as long as overall building quotas are on track...... i hope the protests are successful but in the long run there will be massive development in the area, and it will be horrid !
Unfortunately you may well be right. But - the council with its local knowledge has decided - and that should be the end of it. The developers should admit they are not wanted - pack up - and clear off. Let us hope that the government inspectors are left in no doubt about this.

And why do these developers continue to ignore all the brownfield sites strewn all over Essex and insist on trying to destroy what is left of the Green Belt?

Well done though to Castle Point Council for opposing this - some of our other local councils could learn a lot from them rather than just rolling over to the shoeboxers at every opportunity.

Here's looking forward to one appeal being booted out very soon. By the way - does anyone have an address for these government inspectors so that local people can write to them and impress upon them that we do not all want to live in a filthy urban wasteland?
It's CPBC fault that these developers can go to appeal in the first place, the lack of a core strategy has seen to that.
Thing is the Council knows this so when planning is submitted the council can look like they are on the side of those that do not want development but they know full well the developer stands a very good chance of the winning the appeal, Win Win..
[quote][p][bold]Sensible Man[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]pembury53[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Sensible Man[/bold] wrote: Let us all hope that this disgusting appeal is thrown out immediately. ESSEX IS FULL UP!!! Surely even a government inspector can see that!! Developers - please collect your environment destroying garbage and GO AWAY!!!![/p][/quote]unfortunately the govt inspectors wont live around here, so they wont give a hoot, as long as overall building quotas are on track...... i hope the protests are successful but in the long run there will be massive development in the area, and it will be horrid ![/p][/quote]Unfortunately you may well be right. But - the council with its local knowledge has decided - and that should be the end of it. The developers should admit they are not wanted - pack up - and clear off. Let us hope that the government inspectors are left in no doubt about this. And why do these developers continue to ignore all the brownfield sites strewn all over Essex and insist on trying to destroy what is left of the Green Belt? Well done though to Castle Point Council for opposing this - some of our other local councils could learn a lot from them rather than just rolling over to the shoeboxers at every opportunity. Here's looking forward to one appeal being booted out very soon. By the way - does anyone have an address for these government inspectors so that local people can write to them and impress upon them that we do not all want to live in a filthy urban wasteland?[/p][/quote]It's CPBC fault that these developers can go to appeal in the first place, the lack of a core strategy has seen to that. Thing is the Council knows this so when planning is submitted the council can look like they are on the side of those that do not want development but they know full well the developer stands a very good chance of the winning the appeal, Win Win.. iknowbetter
  • Score: 1

8:06am Wed 2 Apr 14

pembury53 says...

carnmountyouknowitma
kessense
wrote:
pembury53 wrote:
Sensible Man wrote: Let us all hope that this disgusting appeal is thrown out immediately. ESSEX IS FULL UP!!! Surely even a government inspector can see that!! Developers - please collect your environment destroying garbage and GO AWAY!!!!
unfortunately the govt inspectors wont live around here, so they wont give a hoot, as long as overall building quotas are on track...... i hope the protests are successful but in the long run there will be massive development in the area, and it will be horrid !
South Essex has an unfilled new housing quota, which must be met, and by golly will be met. Time for the Benfleetees to start looking forward to the convoys of lorries, arriving.
yep your absolutely right, there may be some debate left, as to where they go in, but go in they will, by the thousands...........
[quote][p][bold]carnmountyouknowitma kessense[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]pembury53[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Sensible Man[/bold] wrote: Let us all hope that this disgusting appeal is thrown out immediately. ESSEX IS FULL UP!!! Surely even a government inspector can see that!! Developers - please collect your environment destroying garbage and GO AWAY!!!![/p][/quote]unfortunately the govt inspectors wont live around here, so they wont give a hoot, as long as overall building quotas are on track...... i hope the protests are successful but in the long run there will be massive development in the area, and it will be horrid ![/p][/quote]South Essex has an unfilled new housing quota, which must be met, and by golly will be met. Time for the Benfleetees to start looking forward to the convoys of lorries, arriving.[/p][/quote]yep your absolutely right, there may be some debate left, as to where they go in, but go in they will, by the thousands........... pembury53
  • Score: -1

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