Notoriously dogs are abandoned in their droves during the post-Christmas period when the realities of keeping a dog as a pet dawn on people in the new year, but this Christmas period has brought some good news for at least some dogs.
The government in it’s uncommon wisdom has for a second and we hope final time refused permission for the Kennels site to be turned into a unsightly housing estate of low-rise low-quality chicken-hutch come houses. More details will be published as they become available, in the meantime, please raise an extra glass of Christmas Eggnog in celebration and cheer that at least the kennels dogs will not be made homeless.
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.
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.
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:-
The latest from DfT seems to be that the minister has decided to wait to see what the effect of “free-flow tolling” is before any decision is taken on any additional Thames Crossing. Free-flow charging is due to begin in October 2014. Note that as a precursor to free-flow tolling additional gantries have been erected over the M25, with additional speed cameras and these have now been switched on. How long it will take to measure the effect of free-flow tolling is anyone’s guess but one can imagine it will be well into the next government, and it is additionally imaginable that there may be some tinkering with exactly how free-flow tolling is set up. There were rumours of a 20mph speed limit which sounds more like a choke-flow tolling….