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M25-A12 junction upgrade wins consent

M25-A12 junction upgrade wins consent

Tuesday 17 May 2022

Final approval of plans to revamp the junction of the M25 and A12 has been confirmed. The scheme to upgrade junction 28 of the orbital motorway (you might know it better as the Brook Street roundabout) had effectively been put on hold for assessment of its environmental impact, notably the cumulative effect of greenhouse-gas emissions. […] Read more >

Councillors go against officers’ advice and approve Herongate solar farm

Councillors go against officers’ advice and approve Herongate solar farm

Thursday 2 December 2021

Essex is to get another solar farm. The scheme, targeted for Herongate, west of Dunton Wayletts, was approved by Brentwood Borough Council’s planning committee on Tuesday, November 23. Councillors rejected their officers’ advice to refuse permission on the grounds that the solar farm was against the local authority’s policy and “unacceptable” on Green Belt land. […] Read more >

Our Lovely Essex: of vigilance and vipers

Our Lovely Essex: of vigilance and vipers

Thursday 18 June 2020

The word ‘Essex’ is, for those lucky enough to live here, interchangeable with ‘Paradise’, but of course we must never be naïve or complacent… after all, even the Garden of Eden had its viper. Joanna Campora lives in the south of the county and sent us two images that show how quickly we can lose […] Read more >

The Green Belt: its value is obvious but it needs protecting more than ever, says new report

The Green Belt: its value is obvious but it needs protecting more than ever, says new report

Wednesday 20 November 2019

Lying next to London, Essex is of course well served by the capital’s Green Belt. A report by a cross-party Parliamentary group shows that London’s Metropolitan Green Belt not only protects against urban sprawl but also provides vital countryside on our doorstep for health and well-being. Benefits include: • 26, 267 hectares of Sites of […] Read more >

Will councils’ lack of action plan make them vulnerable to the housing speculators?

Will councils’ lack of action plan make them vulnerable to the housing speculators?

Monday 21 October 2019

Three local authorities in Essex have failed to produce the Housing Delivery Test Action Plan required of them by government. They are among just 21 across the country to have not published the plans, which they are instructed to do if they under-deliver on housebuilding targets. The plans should set out how they intend to […] Read more >

You can have a say on plans for a revamped M25-A12 junction

You can have a say on plans for a revamped M25-A12 junction

Wednesday 5 December 2018

You might, or might not, have spent precious minutes (hours?) of your life at the junction of the M25 with the A12 and be delighted to know that up to £100 million is to be spent on upgrading it. You might, or might not, be unhappy at both the amount of land the intended scheme […] Read more >

How Essex councils feature in Green Belt-building table

How Essex councils feature in Green Belt-building table

Saturday 29 September 2018

Our recent story (here) showing almost half a million new homes are targeted for land to be released from the Green Belt is particularly poignant in Essex, which hosts three of the top 10 Green Belt-building councils in the country. A Local Government Chronicle article presents data from the Ministry of Communities, Housing & Local […] Read more >

The sorry tale of one of our favourite animals… what future for the hedgehog?

The sorry tale of one of our favourite animals… what future for the hedgehog?

Saturday 29 September 2018

When was the last time you saw a hedgehog? Such a question usually draws the response, with either an air of resignation or a smirk as though the whole thing’s a bit of joke: “One that isn’t squashed on the road, you mean?” However, even that doesn’t ring true any more and we could just […] Read more >

Castle Point agrees to step up the pace on Local Plan

Castle Point agrees to step up the pace on Local Plan

Wednesday 18 July 2018

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 >