Monday, 3 March 2014

Stephen Metcalfe MP takes fight for Little Chalvedon to Planning Inspectorate at public enquiry

Stephen speaking against the proposals at a public meeting last year

Stephen Metcalfe, local MP for South Basildon and East Thurrock, took the fight for Green Belt land in Little Chalvedon Hall to the Planning Inspectorate last weekend.

The local MP and Basildon Council strongly oppose proposals that would see 750 homes built on Green Belt land and are committed to ensuring that the views of residents, who are vehemently against the proposed development, are heard.

Mr Metcalfe was joined by other concerned community members at a public enquiry to express their views and appeal against any action that would lead to the destruction of much loved green space.

The local MP took to the floor to put forward the arguments against the development and asked the inspectorate to respect and listen to the views of local people and their democratically elected representatives.

He commented: “These proposals fly in the face of localism and are an assault on the democratic processes that are supposed to underpin such decisions. I sincerely hope that the inspectorate will listen and appreciate the strength of feeling against the plans.”

The Inspectorate will now consider all submissions before forwarding their decision to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Eric Pickles. 

Mr Metcalfe added: “In light of the public enquiry I will be writing to the Secretary of State to once again ensure that the views of my constituents are heard. I will also be monitoring any developments very closely and hope that the interests of South Basildon and East Thurrock are protected.”