Reading Room Respite

Planning permission has been turned down to convert the Reading Room to a private residence. In a very robust refusal the main reasons were the lack of provision of any mitigation for the loss of a local amenity, inappropriate and unsightly development, and insufficient light within the property.

Await further developments on the future of this local amenity.

Biggest Threat to North Ockendon’s Green Belt Land

It seems that hardly a week goes by without someone looking for a quick and easy way to make big bucks out of green belt land without having the slightest care or consideration for those that live within in it. Soon after the Secretary of State turned down the Kennels housing estate for being wholly inappropriate development of the Green Belt there followed yet another application by the same applicant for the same site with even uglier and more cramped pre-fabricated buildings.

On the back of this Mr Markus Wierenga of Green Switch Developments Ltd has now submitted an appeal to the Secretary of State for development of a number of fields again on green belt land at Clay Tye Farm that was refused permission by Havering Council as being inappropriate development with no special reasons justifying development.

The term Solar Farm doesn’t sound unpleasant until you recognise the reality of what this application will do – destroy more of our green belt land. Although most of us understand the need to look for alternative energy sources to fossil fuels this application has nothing to do with trying to address climate change or be “green” it is to make money at the expense of the green belt again. There are alternatives galore to building on green field sites but if the developer gets permission it’s often a cheaper option for them as there is nothing on the site that needs to be cleared they just build. In this case the number of green fields under threat is colossal. The stated application size would be the same as 20 football pitches and would stretch for most of the length of Clay Tye Road. The farm would be visible to every property on the eastern side of the road.

The application details can be seen here depending on whether you can get access to Havering Council’s planning website:-


Please make your comments quoting reference APP/B5480/W/15/3007618 on the Government planning portal  ( or you can make comment by post sending 3 copies to:

The Planning Inspectorate
Room 3/10b
Temple Quay House
2, The Square

There is a helpful booklet on line under which may help you with any objection or comments you may wish to make on this application.


Next Stop – Canning Town

Have you noticed that the 370 bus stop opposite Church Lane travelling towards Lakeside that was wiped out by a dangerous driver has now been replaced? Yahoo. But have you also noticed that the trip to Lakeside may take a little longer now as it appears the journey is now via Canning Town….2014-08-22 19.58.39