Two of the MOST important days concerning Canvey Island and Castle Point residents, have arrived.
Today the 25th August offers residents their final opportunity to object to Persimmon’s plans to construct a housing estate on the last green belt area within safe access on the Island, the Dutch Village.
This is one of those, wished we had spoken up moments! Use this LINK and then click on the “Make a Public Comment” tab.
Tomorrow the 26th should concern, and will impact upon, many residents groups who have followed the Local Plan process.
The Local Plan Task and Finish group meet to consider whether Castle Point Green Belt is constrained enough to offer protection to individual areas. Ignore the Appeal decisions, this meeting will see the T and F group members “consider” which areas can be sacrificed in the name of development, and which they must save!
There will be a few Rabbits pulled out of the Hat so it will be worth attending to make councillors aware that they are being observed!
Of course it should not all be about Green Belt other Factors form Constraints, such as Flood Risk and the Hazardous Industries.
Ever since the Core Strategy days of political “Local Factors” directing the focus on development towards Canvey, the seeds of doubt have been nurtured that some fairness should be adopted into Local Plan making.
Tomorrow’s T+F meeting will offer councillors the opportunity to clearly indicate whether the task and Finish group is simply a tick box exercise, or truly a part of a consultation process where residents’ genuine concerns and the constraints are considered.
Of interest are the splits that have appeared within the ranks, the changes in direction and whether other concerns facing Canvey get a fair hearing!
Second best, will be to watch on CPBC webcam via this LINK.
Officers have prepared advice on how they “suggest” the Green Belt strategy should be imposed, read carefully “It Could Well Affect YOU”;