I guess it should not have been a surprise given that the land is under private ownership, but it is nonetheless both disturbing and disappointing to learn that the Hadleigh Castle area is subject to a Planning proposal.
The development on Green Belt proposes 240 dwellings including some 20% of “badly needed affordable homes.”
The developer’s design and access statement claims that the area, whilst Green Belt, is previously developed, in fact probably the oldest previously developed Green Field site within the Borough.
A source has confirmed a proposal is being considered for validation by Castle Point Borough Council .
If agreed, the proposal claims to make benefit from the widening and improvement of Castle Lane, as part of the legacy from the 2012 London Olympics.
The site is also supported by being in Flood Zone 1.
The issue of the area being non- virgin Green Belt appears to comply with CPBC new policy preferences and latest Government Planning Guidance, whilst previous councillor and campaigner statements to this effect appear to have prejudiced opposition points of contention.
Our source added that a statement by the developer’s agent, Ms Avril Tromper, accompanying the proposal, unsurprisingly, attempts to alleviate residents concerns:
“This development will provide much needed, unobtrusive, high specification dwellings along with a generous supply of affordable dwellings that will do much to relieve the lack of new development within Castle Point. We have worked closely with Castle Point Council in supporting their desire to protect the more valuable virgin Green Belt sites in the Borough and will seek to deliver an unobtrusive, high-end development of quality family homes sympathetic to the surroundings.”
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