The Golden Ticket, that the Castle Point lead group of councillors believed would save them and their latest Local Plan from the ultimate criticism, “Master-Planning” of their desired Housing Sites, looks likely to be De-Railed before reaching the first Hurdle!
Master-Planning was sold as the Saviour of the Green Belt, provider of localised Green Space and less Dense Housing, by none other than the CPBC leader himself! Aimed at keeping the Annual Housing delivery to a level that suits (whom?).
Well, some possible Bad News for Mainland Residents.
I say that advisedly, as Canvey Island Green Spaces and Green Belt, has always been on the Lead Group’s Radar, chiefly as a means of protecting the politically sensitive areas in the north of the Borough.
Unfortunately, all may not be quite as rosy as the lead group hope. OR, could it be that they have had an alternate Plan afoot, ever since the actual beginning?
Lichfields have released a paper named “How Many Homes? The new Standard Method.”
It refers to the standard method of calculation of the required number of dwellings that was introduced in 2018, and almost as soon as the method was implemented, it was announced that it would be changing. The Government’s new method of calculation will be compatible with boosting Housing Supply quickly, and aims to deliver a New National Total of Housing of 337,000 dwellings per Annum – far beyond the 270,000 that the current approach should have achieved!
The Current Approach, used by the Controllers at Castle Point Borough Council, by which they seek to deliver 352 Dwellings per Annum (dpa), higher than their identified Housing Need of 342 dpa.
However Lichfields research identifies that under the Government’s new calculation methodology the new Target Total for Castle Point will in fact be 386 new Dwellings per Annum!
So, all of you Residents, already disappointed at CPBC’s proposed wrecking of the Borough by means of their Local Plan, can feel truly disappointed as the likelihood is that the current target of Housing Delivery will, in the Government and Planning Inspector’s eyes, leave the Borough with an Annual Housing shortfall of 44 dwellings per year, or another 660 dwellings over the Local Plan term!!
Note that we Castle Point residents are used to an average of 160 dwellings per year being developed, over the last 3 years. The new target will see a 240% increase in House Building activity in the Borough!
So either those controlling Castle Point Council will have to identify new “Shielded” Green Belt sites, or our leaders “Master-Planning” dream, goes out of the window! Identified sites will need their Housing Densities reviewed or more Green Belt sites released!
Those of us on Canvey Island well, we are densely urbanised already, have the prospect of the OIKOS expansion, doubling the sites capacity with jet fuels and all that the site’s hazard and delivery logistics involve, the Calor Gas terminal, potential of Surface Water and Tidal Flood Risk continually being undermined by the attitudes and planning by the lead group at CPBC.
Castle Point and its Residents have certainly been Snared by their own Lead group of Councillors, with their day dream of belonging in the Big Boys League of the Association of South Essex Local Authorities (ASELA).
This group (ASELA), eager to get their hands on Government monies as part of the Thames Gateway scheme, have a vision for the area, which appears to be alien to the desires of Residents. They have caught us Residents up, as have our Borough’s lead group, in a web of Development, Regeneration and lack of Infrastructure funding, all in the name of progress and a desire for polished egos of those seeking to climb the slippery pole.
Castle Point Residents should beware what we are being dragged into, a Tiny Fish in a Big Pond has little future, usually ending as a Big Fish’s Supper!
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Lichfields report can be found HERE.