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Detailed Poster with map of proposed routes and useful links.


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Destruction Of North Ockendon

Continuing from the previous consultation the Department for Transport (DfT) has launched another consultation process on the New Thames Crossing. With the tarmac from the widening of the M25 and the paint of the white lines from introduction of the new so-called “free-flow” toll hardly dry and the chaos caused by work on the A13 junction it cannot be believed that appropriate time and analysis of the affects they have had on traffic and congestion.

The DfT seems to be pushing very hard for the worse possible of all options, Option C, cutting across the end of Church Lane and very close to Norman Church and barn conversions with elevated sections running down the middle of all the green belt land all the way from Tilbury. The entire area will be blighted by this unnecessary and expensive tar and cement white elephant.

Read the details that DfT are prepared to make public here.

Have your say to the DfT “consultation” here.

You must sign the on-line petition against the development for us to have any chance of objecting or having a real say here.

Upminster and Cranham Residents Association “Have your say” can be found here.

Follow @NorthOckendon and @ThamesCrossing on twitter.

Facebook? Facebook page on NO to the crossing can be found here.

There are public information events held by DfT (where information based on maps that are 13 years out of date) at the following locations and dates.

Full information about these events is at Highways England: Lower Thames Crossing upcoming events.

Date Time Place Address
16 February 2016 11am to 7pm East Tilbury, Essex East Tilbury Primary School, Princess Margaret Road, East Tilbury, RM18 8SB
17 February 2016 11am to 7pm Brentwood, Essex East and West Horndon Village Hall, Thorndon Avenue, West Horndon, Brentwood, Essex, CM13 3TP
18 February 2016 11am to 7pm Tilbury, Essex Lansdowne Primary Academy, Lansdowne Road, Tilbury, RM18 7QB
19 February 2016 12:30pm to 9pm Bluewater, Kent Bluewater Shopping Centre, Bluewater Parkway, Greenhithe, Kent, DA9 9ST
20 February 2016 10:30am to 4pm Bluewater, Kent Bluewater Shopping Centre, Bluewater Parkway, Greenhithe, Kent, DA9 9ST
22 February 2016 11am to 7pm Bexley, Kent Hurst Community Centre, Hurst Place, Hurst Road, Bexley, Kent DA5 3LH
23 February 2016 11am to 7pm Northfleet, Kent Eastgate Events Venue, 141 Springhead Parkway, Northfleet, Gravesend, Kent, DA11 8AD
26 February 2016 11am to 7pm Dartford, Kent Temple Hill Community Centre, Temple Hill Square, Dartford, Kent, DA1 5HY
27 February 2016 10:30am to 4pm Dartford, Kent Orchard Shopping Centre, High Street, Dartford, Kent, DA1 1DN
1 March 2016 11am to 7pm Basildon, Essex The Towngate Theatre, St. Martin’s Square, Basildon, Essex, SS14 1DL
3 March 2016 11am to 7pm Grays, Essex Thurrock Council of Voluntary Services, The Beehive Resource Centre, West Street, Grays, RM17 6XP
4 March 2016 11am to 7pm Grays, Essex Lakeside Shopping Centre, West Thurrock Way, Grays, RM20 2ZP
5 March 2016 10:30am to 4pm Grays, Essex Lakeside Shopping Centre, West Thurrock Way, Grays, RM20 2ZP
7 March 2016 11am to 7pm Maidstone, Kent Kent County Council, Sessions House, County Hall, County Road, Maidstone, Kent, ME14 1XQ
8 March 2016 11am to 7pm Rochester, Kent The Corn Exchange, Northgate, Rochester, Medway, Kent, ME1 1LS



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.

2014-06-08 13.15.59



Another Bus Stop, and another car didn’t.

The electronic ink had hardly dried on the page on the post Bus stop but lorry didn’t when another vehicle has left the road, mounted the pavement and this time, luckily just stopped short of our one remaining bus stop. Ron Ower, our very active local Residents Association councillor, has been emailed and asked if there is anything the council can do about slowing vehicles down as the round the corner from the direction of the Kennels.

A photograph to the skid marks from this latest incident below:

2014-04-23 19.56.08Please note that subsequent to the original post a dear neighbour was a witness to the wipe-out of the bus stop and in fact it was a car, not a lorry. Even so, after attempts by a car, then a van, failed to extract it from the hedgerows, it was a passing tractor that had sufficient horsepower and traction to do the job.

Statistics gained from a recent Freedom of Information request on accidents on this bit of road can be found here although these are incomplete as it only includes accidents reported to the police, and if there are no injuries there is no legal requirement to inform them.

Let’s hope the council can address this issue and force vehicles to reduce speed before there is fatality on the spot.




Bus Stop but a lorry didn’t


There is an expression “You don’t miss something until it’s gone”, but how many residents of North Ockendon have noticed that the bus stop for the 370 route towards Lakeside at the top of Church Lane has gone missing. It is not actually missing, but spread liberally in the hedgerow. It appears that the twisting, WINDING nature of the road has claimed another victim. The evidence at the scene suggest that a lorry negotiated the bend in the road just after the kennels the direction towards Upminster too fast, lost control and hit the bus stop. It is not clear when exactly this happened but the weekend of the 5th and 6th April seem most likely. Does anyone have any more details? The bus stop on the other side of the road, was originally  nearer the junction of Church lane but apparently a fatal accident of a similar nature to this lead to it being moved. Recent events suggest not far enough though.

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