Canvey Island- Castle Point’s CASH COW, come what may?

The developer did not really have to tease us simple Islanders with our new Costa Coffee, Marks and Spencers, Waitrose, Sports Direct and B+M stores.


The focus of development in Castle Point remains, as it always has since the formation of the Borough, on Canvey Island. This much is clearly revealed in the brochure produced in the effort to squeeze £24,500,000 out of the Government coffers supposedly to alleviate the Island’s broken drainage system.

Despite what is contained in the daft New Local Plan or the Local Plan2016, the end target, it appears, is to build 1,500 dwellings on Canvey Island to go alongside the retail and industrial sites that intends to create over 1,100 jobs for Canvey Islanders!

The revelation to Government, contained within the flood funding appeal brochure contain these proposals that will see much of Canvey developed over;

With over 6,100 jobs already based on the island, plans submitted to the government through the South East LEP’s Strategic Economic Plan (SEP), propose to create over 1,100 new jobs. Further development opportunities have also created the potential for the construction of over 1,500 new homes across Canvey.
The Essex Economic Growth Strategy highlights the numerous industrial opportunities located along the Thames riverside in Thurrock and on Canvey Island; recognising the strong growth potential in the area.
It is vital that all relevant agencies and central government work together, to ensure this growth potential is not inhibited by the significant risks associated with future flooding on the island.

It is apparent that the drainage, the highway infrastructure and NHS cannot cope. Despite this planning proposals for Canvey keep being approved, despite the hand wringing concerns of some councillors.

The explicit need for a hotel on Canvey was mentioned in support of one industrial park development, strange how the proposal for a hotel based centrally off of Sadlers farm roundabout received zero support from cpbc!

Cllr Anderson complained the design of the new Canvey hotel was poor and inappropriate, to be told by officers that the design and look of the development was not for their consideration!

Perhaps the officers were aware of the intended use of the hotel, possible accommodation for those on the local authority’s waiting list, overnight stay for haulage drivers etc etc?

Still, a nice coffee shop drive-through whilst commuters are stuck in traffic should be just the ticket, just please don’t forget to not throw your paper cups out of the car window until you are off the Island, otherwise they may end up adding to the blocked drainage ditches!

Well not until the £24,500,000 is safely banked!

Photograph copyright; Dave Lavington Daily Mail


One response to “Canvey Island- Castle Point’s CASH COW, come what may?

  1. Peripheral Developments will be detrimental to Canvey Islands Town Centre Regeneration Aspirations.

    NPPG. states.
    Ensuring the vitality of town centres
    Paragraph: 001 Reference ID: 2b-001-20140306
    What does the National Planning Policy Framework say about planning for town centres?
    Local planning authorities should plan positively, to support town centres to generate local employment, promote beneficial competition within and between town centres, and create attractive, diverse places where people want to live, visit and work.
    Local planning authorities should assess and plan to meet the needs of main town centre uses in full, in broadly the same way as for their housing and economic needs, adopting a ‘town centre first’ approach and taking account of specific town centre policy. In doing so, local planning authorities need to be mindful of the different rates of development in town centres compared with out of centre.
    This positive approach should include seeking to improve the quality of parking in town centres (in line with the National Planning Policy Framework) and, where it is necessary to ensure the vitality of town centres, the quantity too.  Local planning authorities should set appropriate parking charges that do not undermine the vitality of town centres and parking enforcement should be proportionate, avoiding unfairly penalising drivers.
    The National Planning Policy Framework sets out two key tests that should be applied when planning for town centre uses which are not in an existing town centre and which are not in accord with an up to date Local Plan – the sequential test and the impact test. These are relevant in determining individual decisions and may be useful in informing the preparation of Local Plans.
    The sequential test should be considered first as this may identify that there are preferable sites in town centres for accommodating main town centre uses (and therefore avoid the need to undertake the impact test). The sequential test will identify development that cannot be located in town centres, and which would then be subject to the impact test. The impact test determines whether there would be likely significant adverse impacts of locating main town centre development outside of existing town centres (and therefore whether the proposal should be refused in line with policy). It applies only above a floorspace threshold as set out in paragraph 26 of the National Planning Policy Framework.

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