A council in the Midlands insists it will press on with plans to develop a whole new village on green belt land near Pitsea – despite being warned it is unlikely to get planning permission.Yes, I'll save you the trouble of firing up Google Earth; Pitsea is nowhere near the Midlands!
Nottinghamshire County Council wants to build as many as 1,300 homes on 120 acres of land at Little Chalvedon Hall, off Pound Lane.Sounds like it invested it about as well as all those councils caught up in the Iceland debacle, doesn't it? As Mark Wadsworth points out, it works only if you can grant yourself planning permission.
The council paid £4.2million for the site a year ago as an investment for its pension fund.
The website suggests the development could include a small shopping centre, a primary school, a recreation ground and sports facilities.And they just can't understand why Basildon are being so intransigent about it! Who wouldn't want such largesse?
Dave Newberry, director of Meridian Strategic Land, the company co-ordinating the plans for the council, said: “This is a perfect location for a strategic site of this size.The residents don't seem to want to engage with you, though. They aren't all that chuffed about more development.
“North Benfleet does not yet have a centre as such, which this will bring. We want to engage with residents and the parish council on the plans.”
The proposals have already provoked a public row between Basildon Council and the Midlands county council.Some people are going to be drawing a pension before they can build...
Basildon Council leader Tony Ball and chief executive Bala Mahendran have written to their counterparts in Nottinghamshire, asking why Basildon Council was not consulted before the site was bought.
Mr Ball’s letter warned Basildon would allow no development on the site for at least 20 years under his council’s clearly-defined green belt policy...
He added “It is not for Basildon to give up valuable green belt to fund another council’s pensions.Perhaps the best suggestions for halting this come from the comments:
“It is also not good practice to risk a pension fund on speculation. Our position on protecting the green belt is quite clear.”
Tell them we propose to site the new travellers site along side it.
resident3 says...Indeed! I wonder what tack the 'Guardian' will take?
Can't believe they would waste time on money on this project.
Basildon Council have clearly stated their policy on Green Belt development.
The attempted DF development was declared illegal.
Can't see the difference between an individual buying Green Belt land and a County Council buying Green Belt land.
Notts CC are just speculating in the same way as DF illegals.
No better than chancers, betting with pension money in the hope of making a killing.