Hatfield Peverel Planning

18th July 2017

Two large planning applications which would severely damage the countryside in Hatfield Peverel have been called in by the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government. The Secretary of State’s intervention follows a request from local MP Priti Patel, local campaigners and Hatfield Peverel Parish Council to review the decisions taken by Braintree District Council to approve planning applications for 140 dwellings on land off of Stone Path Drive and 120 dwellings on a site off of Gleneagles Way. A local inquiry will now take place to inform the Secretary of State’s decision on the applications and Priti said:

“Local residents have welcomed the Secretary of State’s intervention which gives them another opportunity to oppose these horrendous developments and protect these green spaces. The Council wrongly applied planning policies when deciding these applications earlier this year and despite having the opportunity to reconsider them they refused to do so. It is very rare for a Secretary of State to call in planning applications so the deciding to call both of these in is welcome and a reflection on the strong case we have all put forward.”

“Development on these two sites goes against the Local Plan and the emerging Neighbourhood Development Plan, and there are more suitable alternative sites. I look forward to continuing to support local residents in opposing these developments as the local inquiries take place.”

Kevin Dale led a large group jubilant residents who met with Priti Patel to offer their thanks. He said: "Residents are absolutely delighted at this news. We have a constituency MP not only, listening to the communities concerns, when faced with unfair and unjust actions of speculators gaming the system; but also, engaging with residents AND taking action."

Photos: Residents and Priti Patel at the Stonepath Meadow site and by the Gleneagles Way site (Photo by Meloney Dale)

Photo by Meloney Dale

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There are two important consultations running at the moment on key strategic road infrastructure improvements - the A12 widening scheme and the upgrading of the A120. Priti has been campaigning to secure new investment in these roads and has welcomed the consultations taking place. Members of the public can review the proposals for the A12 and A120 at the weblinks below, attend consultation events, and respond to the consultation. Feel free to also contact Priti by email to: WithamMP@parliament.uk with your views too.

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