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Development (Essex)

Volume 475: debated on Tuesday 6 May 2008

The Petition of Mrs Vanda Jimmick, residents of Hadleigh and others

Declares that Hadleigh, particularly the town shopping centre, should be protected from further overdevelopment, and that they feel the proposed development, at the corner of Oak Road North and London Road, replacing four commercial units with 30 flats and three large commercial units, with totally inadequate parking and access facilities, is environmentally damaging and local public services and road capacity are even now under great strain and unable to absorb more development, and that they feel that Hadleigh is becoming flat-land, and there is too much of this sort of housing provision, which is not suitable for families.

The Petitioners therefore request that the House of Commons urges the Government to implore the local borough council to reject the development of the corner of Oak Road North and London Road so the community can remain sustainable.

And the Petitioners remain, etc.—[Presented by Bob Spink, Official Report, 10 March 2008; Vol. 473, c. 118.] [P000143]

Observations from the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government:

The question of whether or not to allow planning permission for the proposed redevelopment of land at the corner of Oak Road North and London Road is a matter for the local planning authority, in this instance Castle Point Borough Council.

Primary responsibility for development control within an area rests with the local planning authority. It is for them to decide in the first instance, with particular regard to the provisions of statutory development plans and any other material considerations, whether a particular development should take place. The Secretary of State rarely intervenes in the consideration of individual planning applications and then only when planning issues of national or regional significance are involved. To do so more often would be to undermine the responsibility of local authorities for planning in their area.