You will all be aware, or will you, of the information event regarding the new Local Plan will be taking place TODAY at Waterside Farm Sports Centre between 4 – 7pm.
Castle Point Council @CastlePointBC 2h
Want to find out about the draft New Local Plan? Come to Waterside Leisure Centre, Canvey from 4pm – 7pm today to talk to officers.
There you will be able to question Castle Point officers on the Plan and the consultation process that you all will have received brochure and questionnaire forms.
The Local Plan indicates intention to develop 200 new dwellings per year within Castle Point. The Dutch Village fields, the old Castle View site, Northwick Garden Centre all Green Belt sites plus Thorney Bay Caravan Park and the Point have all been selected by our local authority as sites worthy of development on Canvey Island. This will be as well as the smaller development to infill and regenerate the Island. Officers should be able to reassure you that there is ample Green Belt left untouched within the Borough, infrastructure is adequate, roads capable of coping with the extra traffic and that safety of residents will remain unaffected.
Key note messages officers will be expected to get over to residents include:
The imperative need to have a Local Plan in place.
Without this you will be told that TWICE as many houses will be imposed on the Borough.
Councillor N.Smith assured councillors and residents that the 5 year housing supply, 1000 dwellings, that had been identified would protect the Borough from speculative developers and met the requirement of the Borough, 200 dwelling per annum.
Now officers are instructed to suggest to you, that of that 5 year Castle Point has only 6 months worth identified. The Glebelands Inspector considered 7 months worth valid.
You will be comforted to learn that master planning will limit the density of housing on each site. This may cause some puzzlement as Canvey, being on a flood plain, has certain building requirements that add to building costs. The Council are suggesting that regardless of these costs, dwellings will not be too densely cramped together so as to allow green amenity spaces for new residents and wildlife to enjoy. Unlikely, as the cost of development means that Canvey’s affordable housing allocation will be just 15 dwelling per 100 and the market value of Canvey property is lower than elsewhere in the Borough.
Developers will seek a maximum density for property as elsewhere on the Island, to suggest otherwise is misleading.
The new Local Plan seeks to protect 92% of the Borough’s Green Belt, just not necessarily Canvey’s. Green Belt will not be protected by under developing the GB sites given over to development, it will simply mean more land has to be released.
A further information event is planned for the Canvey regeneration shop in the Knightswick Centre on Thursday February 27th from 10am – 4pm.
The consultation runs until the 21st March 2014.
Do you feel that Castle Point Borough Council have made adequate effort to inform residents of this event/
Do you feel that the timing 4 – 7pm, and location is the best choice in the circumstances?