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
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.”