There appears some unforeseen delay in loading the submission contributions onto the Castle Point Council Local Plan2016 website Portal.
No submissions have been uploaded since the 4th July, this includes our (Canvey Green Belt Campaign) own and, no doubt, future developers.
An enquiry gave this reassurance on the 3rd August;
“a Schedule which will be placed on the webpage by mid August … They are explaining this tomorrow on the webpage”
A look at the CPBC website has found little evidence by way of explanation. This is fairly unimportant as few members of the public indicate concern.
What is apparent is that there may be limited resources (staff) charged with updating the Local Plan2016 portal and that efforts are being deployed in satisfying the Planning Inspectorate’s requirement ahead of residents’.
This does keep the Castle Point public in the dark where developers aspirations for housing development across Castle point is concerned!
Once again CPBC fail where openness and transparency is concerned.
In the meantime we learn of another, Basildon Council being the first, frosty reception to CPBC’s request for assistance to meet our Housing Needs from Chelmsford Council.
Worryingly Chelmsford draw attention to CPBC’s failure to carry out a consistent review of the Green Belt.
This contrasts with the CPBC’s adopted stance towards the protection of all “Virgin” Green Belt.
CPBC’s position appears to be that a consistent approach has been adopted in that, all previously developed Green Belt may be subject for consideration of development, whilst un-developed Green Belt is unavailable!
That the release of some previously developed Castle Point Green Belt may fall foul of the strategic 5 Purposes of the Green Belt, is where supporting evidence may be required to demonstrate a consistent approach.
Chelmsford Council remarked;
” Castle Point have suggested, in their response to Chelmsford’s Issues and Options consultation, that Chelmsford should be meeting some of Castle Point’s unmet housing need. Officers understand that the reasoning for this is that both Chelmsford and Castle Point have in-migration from London and therefore that this commonality is sufficient for Chelmsford to take some of their housing numbers. Chelmsford strongly rejects this as a plausible justification to take further housing growth from Castle Point and consider that any unmet need should first be correctly addressed within Castle Points own HMA. As set out above there is no evidence to suggest that process has been agreed to meet the needs arising within their HMA.
Furthermore, although some efforts have been made it does not appear that a full and consistent Green Belt review has been carried out. In the absence of this it is not considered possible for Castle Point to establish that they cannot meet their own housing needs.”