Hundreds of Little Thurrock residents sign petition to halt housing development

Housing protest

Land is on a flood plain

Residents in Thurrock, angry at a housing developer submitting a very similar application to develop an area of floodplain, have started a petition which has been signed by more than 700 people after campaigners went door to door for support for their objection.

Resident and Chair of the Thurrock Park Residents Committee, Tony Coughlin, describes locals are “as much as 99.95 per cent against the development”.

The planning application, which was submitted on Tuesday, December 5 proposes to build 280 residential homes across more than 13 hectares of land on the Little Thurrock Marshes in Thurrock Park.

Thurrock Park Residents are appealing to Thurrock Council to reject the application arguing the land is greenbelt and liable to flooding.

A spokesperson for the committee said: “This new application is very similar to the previous one that the council rejected in the summer of 2017. The developer is trying to override democracy by submitting a 2nd application.”

The residents of Little Thurrock and Thurrock Park have now lodged a petition with the council with over 700 signatures as well over 200 online objections.

Objections

Mr Coughlin said: “The only access to this proposed development [if approved] will be via Churchill road, which is already a very busy road into Thurrock park; and, with this new development, an estimated extra 400 vehicles will be going in and out of one access route . Churchill road has already been the scene of a number of accidents due it its ‘blind bends’; including several cars being written off as a result.

“Additionally, all houses will require piling and excavation works and the noise for local residents who live close will be unbearable and blighted for the duration of the building development which will take years.”

A spokesperson for the developer said: “The privately owned land, which has previously had planning consent for employment uses, is a logical and sustainable location to provide up to 280 new family homes for the borough.

“The plans also include a community facility, attractive green space, new pedestrian links and children’s play spaces.

“We have reviewed previous feedback from all interested parties and the local community on issues such as landscaping, flooding and drainage, traffic and impact on existing services and worked hard to address outstanding concerns through our technical work.”

The application will be determined by Wednesday, March 7.

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