JOTMANS FARM PLANNING APPEAL
The proposed development, should it go ahead, will have a direct impact upon Benfleet and Canvey Island Residents alike.
The Development Proposal, initially rejected by the Castle Point Development Committee, despite being identified as a source of Housing Supply within the Local Plan, is next week the subject of an Appeal Inquiry.
The Inquiry commences on Tuesday 8th September 10am at Runnymede Hall, behind the Council offices.
With two more sessions Weds 9th and Thurs 10th September, 10 am start in the Council Chamber.
This is the first part of a 800+ development proposed through the Local Plan that may well involve an access onto Canvey Way, compounding congestion issues at Sadlers Farm and Waterside Farm as well as Essex Way and the Benfleet Station areas.
The loss of such a large prominent area of Green Belt will signal an undermining of the Government’s reassurance that Green Belt is protected from development, unless local policies decide otherwise.
Whilst the Local Plan is supposedly making progress, it would be reasonable to expect a rejection of the Appeal due to Prematurity.
However Jotmans, having been included in the sites for development on the Local Plan Proposals Map, may have had its case for defence weakened!
Let’s hope this is not a case of Development by Stealth! Councillors opting out of difficult decisions, leaving these to Planning Inspectors!
Residents have been asked to show their feelings and give their support by attending the Appeal hearing.
Photo Credit: Margaret March and benfleethistory.org.uk