Kennels Development Barking Up the Wrong Tree

As widely predicted the latest proposals for the unsightly development of the Kennels site with a 22 prefabricated unit housing estate didn’t stand a dog’s chance of getting the green light to destroy the green belt,  we could all have done with some good news.

This decision is of course, subject to the applicant making an appeal, if she wishes to throw another £4080 of good money after bad to pay for the for the Mayor of London Community Infrastructure Levy along with any other costs that would be occurred, in trying to push the dog’s dinner of an application through.



Sunday demonstration – Grays Town Centre, 12 noon meet by the War memorial

We need everyone, a real show of strength.  Please talk to friends, family and neighbours.   For the sake of one hour we can make a real impact.

Police have been informed, council aware and all councillors invited.

 Fighting together against increased traffic, increased air pollution and the destruction of the green belt.

Download #NoNewCrossing Posters

You can download objection posters here.

Detailed Poster with map of proposed routes and useful links.


Shouty NO NEW CROSSING poster



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

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.


Plans for 22 new homes in North Ockendon called in by Havering councillor – Romford Recorder

A brief article after a chat with Ron Ower of the Residents Association about the latest attempt at obtaining planning permission for the Kennels Site. We were very pleased that the North Ockendon blog was also approached by the Romford Recorder! Fame at last.

You can read the article here: Romford Recorder Article

We will be adding a much more detailed account as soon as possible, but it is worth noting that the height of the “buildings” has been reduced by one metre. If you see crowds of Umpa Lumpa about they are probably hoping to get on the waiting list…..