Another Stitch-Up?

Someone who owns Green Belt land in the Rayleigh area tells us that a District Council officer has told him that the council’s going to allow more housing in Rayleigh, and that “he might even be allowed to build flats” on his Green Belt land.

Our response?

– There is pressure to build on the Green Belt around Rayleigh, just as there is pressure to build on the Green Belt around Rochford, Hullbridge, Hockley, Ashingdon, Canewdon, Stambridge, Great Wakering etc.

– But council officers don’t decide which areas of Green Belt will be built on. Councillors decide that – or maybe an inspector at an appeal – but not officers.