A step back to assess the bigger picture may be wise.
The Adopted 1998 Local Plan has a blanket no development of Green Belt in the Borough, whilst any later emerging Local Plan has been attacked for proposing various levels of Green Belt development.
Government apparently supports Green Belt reviews through Local Plan processes and if not enough Brownfield sites are available to meet projected Housing Needs for an area, evidence and arguments will be considered over the release of Green Belt for release and development.
Castle Point is likely to not have enough Brownfield sites to meet its Housing Need.
It therefore follows that those in Control of forming Policy and drawing a Local Plan for Castle Point would fall back on existing policies, fending off at the 11th Hour government Intervention in the cpbc Local Plan, developing out all Brownfield Land in an attempt to meet Housing Need, whilst being seen to be proactive in following Government guidance in the case of the Paddocks would include considering releasing its own Local Authority land for development.
Government Press release April 2017
Councils will have new tools to speed up development of derelict and underused land for new homes.
“Councils will have new tools to speed up development of derelict and underused land for new homes, Housing and Planning Minister Gavin Barwell confirmed today (3 April 2017).
Local authorities across the country will now have to produce and maintain up-to-date, publicly available registers of brownfield sites available for housing locally.
The new registers will help housebuilders identify suitable brownfield sites quickly, promising to unlock land for thousands of new homes.
Communities will be able to highlight local derelict or underused building sites that are primed for redevelopment. This can bring investment to the area and increase the number of new homes in the area.
These new registers will give local authorities and developers the tools to do this.
The promise of replacing the old Paddocks building with a brand New smaller Facility, was expected to act as a sweetener, to the 30+ Houses on site that are purported to finance the project.
Whether the viability of the scheme has been tested fully, we shall eventually see.
A public meeting for Canvey residents has been, whilst it must be remembered that Borough finances will be affected, and in place a Consultation is expected.
Now with May elections approaching “outsiders” are having their say through social media on what is basically a Canvey matter.
Canvey and mainland residents should though be ready to consider whether different standards are applied to different areas across the Borough.
For reflection we include the Echo coverage on a Hadleigh site from January 2014, whilst acknowledging that no two cases are alike.
Will the cpbc promised Paddocks Consultation, rather than a public meeting, be worth the Council Meeting minutes paper it is written on.
Read the following Echo report from 2014, including councillors Smith and Isaacs reassuring words, then You Decide!
Hadleigh Hall and the WRVS Hall in John H Burrows Recreational Ground could be torn down
There will also be campus-wide CCTV and 24-7 security on 1.14-acre site.
“We have had interest but some parties couldn’t deliver what we wanted.