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Local Plan 2015-2030 Preferred Options for Consultation

Policy CP4: West Horndon Opportunity Area

Representation ID: 902

Received: 01/10/2013

Respondent: The London Green Belt Council

Representation Summary:

Object to proposal to allocate undeveloped greenfield Green Belt as part of mixe-use development at West Horndon.

If possibility of development cannot be ruled out, the site should be phased so that it cannot be immediatly developed. It should be regarded as 'white land' and only released for development during the course of the plan if monitoring confirms that it is essential.

Full text:

The London Green Belt Council objects to the proposal in the Preferred Options paper to redesignate an undefined area of completely undeveloped Green Belt at West Horndon, for housing and/or employment uses. It is not clear why the extra housing is needed here.

The future evolution of the economy and housing demand is uncertain. Consequently, if the possibility of development in the next fifteen years cannot be ruled out, then we consider that the currently undeveloped land should not be designated in a way which means it can be immediately developed. It should be regarded as 'white land' and only released for development during the course of the plan if monitoring confirms that it is essential. The development of the other sites identified in the Preferred Options paper is likely to be more difficult than the open fields at West Horndon. Developers will want to develop the open fields first and, if that happens and the demand for housing does not increase as much as expected, Green Belt will have been lost unnecessarily and there will be unsightly derelict sites elsewhere.

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