K’nel!

I’m not going waste more words than I have to on this one. The applicant for the Kennels development is appealing to the Government Havering Council’s decision to refuse permission.

Please see previous post on objecting to an appeal here.

“Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”
Albert Einstein
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Download #NoNewCrossing Posters

You can download objection posters here.

Detailed Poster with map of proposed routes and useful links.

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Shouty NO NEW CROSSING poster

NONEWCROSSING

 

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There are public information events held by DfT (where information based on maps that are 13 years out of date) at the following locations and dates.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

When Green Is Not Green

Nowadays most people are convinced that the Man, his actions, and the emissions caused by his actions is causes climate-change. We all try not to accelerate so harshly when driving, we try to use our cars less, even cycle instead. We try to only put the amount of water we need in the kettle, turn off lights when we are not in the room, and keep our central heating turned down as low as possible. After all it saves money, so even if we are not all convinced on man-made climate change, we can all see the sense in spending less.

So when is green not green?

If you have read the August 2014 addition of The Bulletin, the Residents Association monthly newspaper, you may have noticed on the front page at the bottom on the right the heading  Urgent News – Solar Park. Application P0907.14 is for a Solar Park between Cranham Golf Club, St Mary’s Lane and the M25. The site is thought to be approximately 20 acres of undeveloped Green Field Green Belt Land. If this development is similar to that proposed in South Ockendon then the solar panels will be between 2 and 3 metres high and extremely imposing and unsightly.

There are many more appropriate sites for solar panels in the area that is brown field and that would not cast an ugly shadow over the green belt, Many houses in Upminster have solar panels on their roofs and just up the road to this proposed development on the site that locals will know as the site of D&G Cars and acres of brown field and roof space.

The plans and supporting documents can be found along with the link to make a comment on it here: P0907.14 Solar Park Application

Below is a plan from the application showing the field and the densely populated arrangement of solar panels.

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FIGHT THE KENNELS PLANNING APPEAL

ALL REPRESENTATIONS MUST BE RECEIVED BY 17TH JUNE 2014

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.

PLEASE INCLUDE THREE COPIES OF YOUR OBJECTIONS IN THE ENVELOPE

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 www.planningportal.gov.uk/pcs 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

INCLUDE REFERENCE APP/B5480/A/2218061

* 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 https://northockendon.wordpress.com/previous-posts/ 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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Detritus Among Our Midsts

It is very disappointing when individuals and companies have no concern or respect for how our countryside and hedgerows are treated. The recycling centre may be shut for the day so it is easier to dump, the perpetrators maybe too lazy to go that far, or businesses know they would have to pay for the use of the recycling centre and as a result our lanes are used as tips for the rubbish and detritus of our community.

Below is a collection of photographs taken in Pike Lane – Sunnings Lane is similar or worse. The pictures of Pike Lane do not show all of the rubbish dumped in the lane merely the larger collections that people have left.  Disposal of this type of rubbish costs local tax payers money and uses council resources that could have been otherwise used for the benefit of the community.  Removal of such rubbish involves the time and resource of the administrative staff that log the calls reporting it, the manager’s time who organise crew and vehicles and drivers to retrieve the rubbish. Thereafter the dumping involves the time of the crew collecting and correctly disposing of it as well as those who sifting through it to try and identify the people who dumped it in the first place – it is a costly exercise.

Illegal fly-tipping of this nature is not just unsightly it can involve in the worst scenario contamination of land and the possible damage to the local biodiversity and wildlife generally. Some dumping is puzzling – Pike Lane has seen dumping of peat – this could be recycled or used to improve the land – the overall message here is that people are lazy dumping really is not acceptable.

We will take this matter up with our local Resident’s Association Councillors who are active in pursuing resident’s concern in the area. We will be ask why some of this fly-tipping has been reported 3 times without being removed and about other ways that the council can reduce fly-tipping and catch the people doing it.  We will also see if some of the charges for commercial companies to use the recycling centre can be dropped or somehow make the recycling centre’s use more advantageous for business to use.

More general rubbish

More general rubbish

discarded DVD player

discarded DVD player

Domestic rubbish bags

Domestic rubbish bags

Building rubbish

Building rubbish

An old television and more rubbish

An old television and more rubbish

Rubbish Bags

Rubbish Bags

Building materials and paper

Building materials and paper

Tyres

Tyres

Another Tyre and General Waste

Another Tyre and General Waste

Car Registration Plate, building waste and general rubbish

Car Registration Plate, building waste and general rubbish

A Child Car Seat

A Child Car Seat

Another Chemical Container

Another Chemical Container

Flooring and general rubbish

Flooring and general rubbish

Garden Planter Builders bucket, paint pot and general rubbish

Garden Planter Builders bucket, paint pot and general rubbish

General Rubbish

General Rubbish

Chemical Container

Chemical Container

Sofa and chairs

Sofa and chairs

Other Rubbish with Sofa

Other Rubbish with Sofa

Badminton Racket Roofing felt and light fitting

Badminton Racket Roofing felt and light fitting