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Thousands of homes and a media village could be coming to Purfleet

Thousands of homes and a media village could be coming to Purfleet

Always keen to highlight the positives in planning, we are happy to share news of a project that appears to represent genuine urban regeneration. Purfleet has been earmarked for a £1 billion project that could bring almost 3,000 homes to the town as well as a “media village” and a range of enhanced facilities. Thurrock […] Read more >

What Thames estuary growth plans could mean for climate change… and accountability

What Thames estuary growth plans could mean for climate change… and accountability

The government’s backing of proposals to target the Thames estuary for massive development flies in the face of wider calls to tackle climate change, according to one of CPRE’s leading lights in the area. In June last year the Thames Estuary 2050 Growth Commission published a report calling for the building of more than a […] Read more >

A million new homes, two development corporations… and a very special friend to make it all happen

A million new homes, two development corporations… and a very special friend to make it all happen

Back in September, we wrote: “If you thought development pressure on Essex could not get any worse, there is some sobering reading from the Thames Estuary Growth Commission. “This advisory body to the government is urging ‘joint spatial plans’ to be created in both Essex and Kent to support the building of more than a […] Read more >

Green Belt under the cosh…and it’s particularly bad news for one Essex district

Green Belt under the cosh…and it’s particularly bad news for one Essex district

The onslaught of development on the Metropolitan Green Belt is increasing – and an Essex district faces taking the biggest hit of all. Data collected by eight CPRE branches in and around the capital show that 56 of 66 local authorities are targeting Green Belt land for residential development. And the local authority planning the […] Read more >

Lower Thames Crossing: our response

Lower Thames Crossing: our response

One of the most exacting challenges of recent months has been the looming prospect of the Lower Thames Crossing, a project that has been billed as this country’s biggest new-road scheme since the building of the M25. Its environmental benefits are, of course, dubious at best. The new road would take up a large chunk […] Read more >

The clock is counting down! Have your say on the Lower Thames Crossing

The clock is counting down! Have your say on the Lower Thames Crossing

Remember, remember, the 20th of December… Yes, Thursday, December 20, is the last day you can submit your comments on Highways England’s plans for the new Lower Thames Crossing. We know that the pollution, congestion and delays at the existing Dartford-Thurrock crossings are intolerable, and agree that action needs to be taken to protect the […] Read more >

The Lower Thames Crossing… a helping hand for a serial killer?

The Lower Thames Crossing… a helping hand for a serial killer?

With the prospect of the Lower Thames Crossing between Essex and Kent threatening swathes of countryside on both sides of the river, Alex Hills, chairman of Gravesham CPRE, offers his view on government roads policy while also asking if we’re all doing our bit to tackle air pollution By continuing to build poorly planned new […] Read more >

Lower Thames Crossing: you can have your say on it from today

Lower Thames Crossing: you can have your say on it from today

In the week that the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released a report telling us we need to take immediate action to curb catastrophic climate change, we learn of the opening of the next stage of consultation on plans for the new Lower Thames Crossing (LTC). The consultation website bills it as the solution to […] Read more >

Castle Point agrees to step up the pace on Local Plan

Castle Point agrees to step up the pace on Local Plan

Castle Point Borough Council is to speed up its Local Plan timetable in a bid to stop central government taking over the process. The local authority has also agreed to produce a joint spatial plan with five other local planning authorities in south Essex – Basildon, Brentwood, Rochford, Southend-on-Sea and Thurrock – and the county […] Read more >