The Echo reports here on opposiion to the District Council core strategy. Onlinefocus readers will see some familiar names:
Brian Guyett, chairman of Hockley Residents Assoc-iation, said: ?No less than 67 per cent of the proposed 3,800 additional houses in the district will come from green belt.
?Also, the two new industrial sites, at Southend Airport and west Rayleigh, will be on green belt. Rochford Council has simply ignored brownfield sites put forward. It is highly inappropriate for the council to claim it is safeguarding the green belt.?
Lyn Hopkins, chairman of Rawreth Parish Council, said: ?Rochford Council is not safeguarding the green belt. It is only delaying the start of development so that it looks that way. It intends to keep new homes at the orginal sites, despite hundreds of objections. All it has done is put the dates back. We put forward a brownfield site at Bedloes Corner, which could have taken 300 houses. The council said it was unsustainable because there weren?t services nearby and access wasn?t good.?
Keith Hudson said the council has not ignored any sites put forward and urged anyone with brownfield sites that would be suitable for housing to put them forward.