A message to Borough residents from the save Jotmans farm group

I have been asked to Post a message from the Jotmans farm opposition to development group.
It indicates the frustration felt by Benfleet residents to the Council’s response to their opposition to the application by Persimmons to develop in the area.
The original proposal led to a housing exhibition which gave a promise that there was no intention to develop further on the site of the farm. You will remember that Glebelands, similarly positioned on the western edge of the Borough had an application opposed and rejected by the Castle Point Council.
Now both areas appear within the local plan as sites for development.
The Jotmans Farm site not only includes the original proposal but also an intention to allow development further northwards to allow 800 dwellings.
The message reads:

“CASTLEPOINT NEW DRAFT LOCAL PLAN
CONSULTATION

FROM: JOTMANS FARM ACTION GROUP
You have probably received your consultation pack from CPBC for completion. We believe that CPBC are trying to rush these plans through as quickly as possible. We also believe that this plan has always been the aim from the outset, even after 600 local residents objected in writing to CPBC following Persimmons application to build 265 new
homes on Jotmans Farm – which was turned down by CPBC on 1 Oct 13.
No doubt you understand the full implications of this new proposal:
• 3,200 plus people for the immediate area and 20,000-30,000 additional people in an overpopulated congested Castle Point.
• At least 10,000 additional vehicles on already congested roads.
• Insufficient school places.
• Insufficient doctor surgeries.
• Insufficient infrastructure to accommodate all of above.
IT IS IMPORTANT TO HAVE YOUR SAY BY RETURNING THE FORM TO CPBC PAYING PARTICULAR ATTENTION TO THE WORDING OF THE QUESTIONS. IF YOU FEEL STRONGLY ABOUT THESE PLANS YOU SHOULD ALSO CONSIDER ATTACHING AN OBJECTION LETTER WITH YOUR FORM

THERE IS NO DOUBT THAT THE IMPLICATION AND INTRODUCTION OF THESE PLANS WILL GO TOWARDS RESHAPING THE BOROUGH – NOT FOR THE BENEFIT OF THE PRESENT RESIDENTS – NOT FOR THE BENEFIT OF
YOUR CHILDREN OR GRAND CHILDREN. PLEASE TRY AND VISUALISE HUNDREDS OF LORRIES AND TRANSPORTERS
CONTINOUSLY USING BENFLEET HIGH ROAD AND ROADS
INTO JOTMANS FARM FOR MONTHS EVEN YEARS ON END.”

http://www.savejotmansfarm.org.uk

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4 responses to “A message to Borough residents from the save Jotmans farm group

  1. As a resident also campaigning against the development on the borough’s Green Belt, may I ask what options/compromises you have to offer as an alternative to CPBC to the sites/housing numbers they have proposed in this plan? If we succeed in stopping this New local Plan in it’s tracks, what is your proposed contingency plan if/when the developer puts in for planning permission on their various sites, CPBC refuses permission but the Developer appeals on the grounds that there is no Local Plan in place?

  2. Thanks Jacqui, we have found this campaign and research quite time consuming and the effort required in coming up with a contingency plan may be a distraction and of little value, given the notice CPBC have taken of our submissions.
    We have Councillors representing us, along with officers, who should be capable of arriving at a sound Local Plan. If they fall short again, that may well be a different matter.
    The consultation should assist in arriving at a Local Plan. Unfortunately we have found that the Core Strategy process led to an unsound Plan. There are signs that the current draft Local Plan is also unsound. Agreed a Local Plan is required, if as Canvey residents we feel it is unsound we will make representations. If at the end of the process the Inspector disagrees then so be it.
    Migration and population levels require dwellings being developed to a local need. We appreciate that “not here” will not stand up as an argument and any objection must be evidence based.
    As long as there are sound planning reasons for development, it should be within the imagination of our Councillors and Officers to arrive at a fair and strategic plan for growth. Ed.

  3. I have been a Benfleet resident for over 30 years. I am following the various issues and confusion among residents raised by the “draft” local plan. It appears that most of the proposed “future” development areas are those already objected to and funds were spent on resisting many of them. So it seems we are being asked to accept a plan covering 19 years as there are few choices and not much better than what we have seen already

  4. Sorry, CanveyGB, my comments may have been misleading as they were aimed at the Jotmans group and not yourselves. As a resident who attended the Neighbourhood meeting it seemed evident that for a large number of people in attendance there was a lack of understanding between a Planning Application and the Local Plan. The spokespeople for Jotmans seemed to be fighting a continuation of their successful opposition to the previous Planning Application and were not addressing issues relating to planning policy re the development of the New Local Plan. They appeared hesitant to join forces with other groups present, Daws Heath in particular who were appealing for the community to work as a single group in tackling the Council to try and negotiate which I feel may have been an opportunity lost. I does seem that whilst the Council has us all fragmented fighting for our own little patch, they have the advantage, a case of ‘Divide and Conquor’.

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