Common Sense

Contrary to common sense, applicant Ms Linda Jeffries has appealed to the Secretary of State against the decision of Havering Borough Council to refuse planning permission to develop the Kennel site on the Ockendon Road. The reasons Havering Borough Council gave for refusing permission is listed on the last page. Please Add to Your Objections by Mailing The Planning Inspectorate

Send your objections to the Planning Inspectorate so that they receive it by 17th June 2014. Any objections to the appeal will be ignored if filed AFTER THIS DATE.


If you have difficulties posting your objections we can collect your envelope for you or if would like some advise please let us know by phoning:

Pete or Chris on 07732 830596

Please note that although you can apparently make comments at we have been unable to find how exactly and email objections were under reported on the Havering Council website to the initial application.

 How to Object to the Appeal


* Make sure your objection is not offensive or libelous.

* No mention should be made of racial or ethnic origin of the applicant, sexual orientation, religious beliefs, political views or affiliations or any other personal attributes or profit likely to be made by the applicant or the applicant’s behaviour.

* If you have already objected, try and include new points to add to your existing objection. It is still important to make further comments as the objections are now being viewed again and by a different office.

* Avoid petitions they are treated as a single objection to the appeal.

* Each Adult in a household should object individually. Don’t forget your children of 18 years or over can also object.

* Concentrate on change to the character of our village rather than loss of view and that the changes will be irreversible.

* Mention noise and disturbance caused between 60 and 100 new residents and additionally visiting friends, family and deliveries.

* Impact on local services and infrastructure such as the bus services, roads, electricity, gas, water and sewerage.

* Site access and the dangerous nature of the road (for example the recent destruction of the Church Lane bus stop by a car speeding from the direction of the site and the recent road traffic accident where a resident was involved in a road traffic incident with a van).

* The over-density of the housing estate overlooking the conservation area and the destruction of green-belt land. Unacceptably high density and over-development of the site.

* The unsightly appearance and design of the pre-fabricated buildings in relation to the existing listed buildings and buildings of character.

* New development in the green belt should be discouraged.

* The application was treated as controversial by Havering Council and is being appealed by ‘written representations’ only which appears to exclude any public enquiry or other public hearing.

* Overturning Council decisions made on very good grounds should only be done in highly exceptional circumstances which do not apply in this case.

* The applicant has not removed large and misleading signage erected without the appropriate planning permission for it being granted

* See for more guidance any points made on an objection to a planning application can also be made to an appeal.

Havering Council’s Reasons For Refusal of Planning Permission

Owing to the heights of the proposed buildings, the intensity of the proposal’s layout, and the extent of development compared to the existing built development, it is considered that the proposal would have a significant adverse impact on the openness of the Green Belt and be contrary to the purposes of including land within it. The proposal is considered to constitute inappropriate development in the Green Belt, and would also be harmful to the visual amenities of the Green Belt and the surrounding area. Very special circumstances that overcome the harm to the Green Belt, by reason of inappropriateness and visual impact, have not been demonstrated in this case. The proposal is therefore considered to be contrary to the guidance contained in the National Planning Policy Framework and Policy 3.17 of the London Plan.

The submitted Flood Risk Assessment is insufficient to enable the proposal’s flood risk implications to be properly assessed. The proposal is therefore considered to be contrary to Policy DC48 of the LDF Core Strategy and Development Control Policies DPD and the guidance contained in the National Planning Policy Framework.

In the absence of a mechanism to secure a planning obligation towards the infrastructure costs of new development and the provision of affordable housing, the proposal is contrary to the provisions of the Havering Planning Obligations Supplementary Planning Document and Policies DC6 and DC72 of the LDF Core Strategy and Development Control Policies DPD.

Statement Required by Article 31 (cc) of the Town and Country Planning (Development Management) Order 2010: Improvements were required to make the proposal acceptable and suitable amendments were suggested during the course of the application, in accordance with para 186-187 of the National Planning Policy Framework 2012. The applicant declined to make the suggested revisions.

 Save The Greenbelt * Save North Ockendon

Further to the dangerous nature of the local road network….

In the hour it took one of our volunteers to walk down Clay Tye Road delivering what in his words were “very well received” pre-printed envelopes and notes on how more effectively object to the planning appeal, a car violently swerved and mounted the pavement, presumably avoiding on-coming traffic, a photograph of the skid marks below. Needless to say if anyone had been on the pavement at the time serious injury or death may have resulted.

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