Canvey Islanders, it is said, haven’t the nous to have a cynical thought cross their little minds.
Firstly, following the Election announcement on the very last day prior to the period of Purdah commencing, the Jotmans Farm Appeal Inquiry was Rejected by the then Secretary of State, thereby saving important mainland Green Belt from development.
Secondly, tomorrow, 6.6.2017, just 2 Days prior to the General Election, castle point council development committee will decide the Recommended Approval “first phase” of the Thorney Bay vast green field development, on Canvey Island.
This so called first phase at Thorney Bay amounts to 113 new dwellings.
The development committee Agenda paperwork indicates officers advise :
It is not considered necessary for Members to visit the site prior to determination of the application.
This despite :
To the north of the site is the Local Wildlife Site (LoWS) Thorneyfleet Creek, which comprises a water body with Common Reed and rough grassland; beyond this is residential development. To the east is Public Open Space, in the form of a grassed area and children’s play space. To the south and west is the wider expanse of the Campsite. A water treatment works lies to the west of the wider site and beyond this is the Calor gas terminal. To the south is the Canvey Island Sea Defence, beyond which is the River Thames.
Of the Health and Safety Executive’s comment;
..more than 10% of the housing development area lies within the (Calor Gas Hazardous) middle zone….and HSE Advised Against Granting Planning Permission.
The HSE then go onto excuse the proposed development layout, stipulating that castle point council must not in future use the self regulating facility, instead be referring any future development directly to the HSE!
The Case Officer comment, which will no doubt be pointed out to the planning committee members in the Agenda Paper states;
Health and Safety Executive No objection.
As far as potential flooding is concerned, especially as the site is directly reliant on the Canvey Sea wall Defences;
Environment Agency No objection: following the receipt of a revised FRA, subject to conditions and the satisfaction of the LPA that the proposal will be safe for its lifetime
It should also be noted, should the are become flooded yet again that responsibility has been relieved of the Leal Local Flood Authority (Essex CC.);
It is the applicant’s responsibility to check that they are complying with common law if the drainage scheme proposes to discharge into an off-site ditch/pipe. The applicant should seek consent where appropriate from other downstream riparian landowners.
The Ministerial Statement made on 18th December 2014 (ref. HCWS161) states that the final decision regarding the viability and reasonableness of maintenance requirements lies with the LPA. It is not within the scope of the LLFA to comment on the overall viability of a scheme.
But of course the Rumours emanating from CPBC is that Thorney Bay will become a Park Home site, So None of these Rules Will Apply!
1,600 static caravans could quite easily become 1,000+ Park Homes, and there is the next Local Plan’s 5 Year Housing Supply.
Let existing Canvey Island residents and future property owners be warned!
We make no apology for over-simplifying these issues but for anybody interested the webcast and recording should be available via; https://castlepoint.gov.uk/webcasting
The meeting Agenda papers are available via; https://www.castlepoint.gov.uk/agendas-minutes-library