Local Infrastructure and Housing

2nd February 2018

Witham MP Priti Patel has raised a number of local and strategic planning, development and infrastructure issues in Essex during a debate she secured in the House of Commons [1 February 2018]. During the course of the debate, she made the case for the Stonepath Meadow and Gleneagles Way planning applications in Hatfield Peverel and the Rivenhall Incinerator application to be refused.

She also stressed to the Local Government Minister responding, Rishi Sunak MP, the importance of this part of the County receiving new investment the A12, A120 and railway as well as schools and the NHS to support housing growth. Priti also encouraged the Government to listen to the views of local residents on the garden settlement proposals for North Essex and commented on the provision of infrastructure and services. Speaking after the debate Priti said:

“This part of Essex is growing and the County needs new investment in infrastructure and public services to meet growing demand. There are proposals for significantly more housing in the future and they need to be thoroughly scrutinised and fully considered by the Government. The views of residents must be listened to and any major new developments must come with the necessary infrastructure and services with Government, councils and the private sector working together.”

Commenting on the individual cases she raised during the debate, Priti added:

“I was pleased to make direct representations to the Government and press for the planning applications affecting Gleneagles Way and Stonepath Meadow in Hatfield Peverel to be refused. These sites are unsuitable for development and raise wider issues about local communities’ and local councils’ ability to establish their own vision for development being undermined. Local communities should be at the forefront of the planning process.”

“I also pressed for the latest Rivenhall Incinerator planning application to be refused. This is causing huge concerns to local residents and is a development that uses out of date technology and will impact on the environment.”

Priti also criticised Colchester Borough Council’s record on planning matters, commenting:

“Colchester Borough Council has alienated local residents with their poor record on planning. Residents in places like Stanway and Tiptree feel ignored and let down by the Council. Instead of supporting local jobs and growth the Council blocked much needed new retail and leisure facilities in Stranway and wasted taxpayers’ money.”

 

A12/A120 Consultations

Strategic Road Network Consultations

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: [email protected] with your views too.

Widening the A12

Upgrading the A120

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