In the light of the Castle Point Local Plan2016 policy of the protection of “virgin” Green Belt over previously developed Green Belt, today seemed timely to re-visit this proposal.
It highlights that within the Borough there appears to be an approach that suggests that some previously developed Green Belt retains better protection than others.
A Planning Inspector would not tolerate such a “NIMBY” approach to site selection!
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…
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