A Government Minister has offered to meet Colchester MP Sir Bob Russell after he again raised in the House of Commons what he considers is a planning threat by Tendring District Council on the eastern edge of Colchester – proposals by Tendring to build 3,000 plus dwellings in its area but immediately to the east of Greenstead Estate and Longridge Park.
Speaking during Communities and Local Government Questions, Sir Bob said that while he supported the concept of neighbourhood planning and community rights, he questioned how this applied when it is a neighbouring authority which was threatening a community in another council’s area.
Although he did not mention Greenstead Estate and Longridge Park by name, it was these communities to the west of Salary Brook which he had in mind.
Responding, Local Government Minister Mr Brandon Lewis acknowledged the point that Sir Bob had made and offered to meet him to discuss the precise concerns which he had raised.
Liberal Democrat Sir Bob has opposed Tendring District Council’s plans ever since it was revealed that it was in discussion with developers for a massive housing development to the east of Salary Brook.
“We must stop an urban sprawl spreading from Greenstead and Longridge Park, between Clinghoe Hill to the south and Bromley Road to the north, stretching over farmland on the eastern side of Salary Brook towards the Elmstead dual carriageway.”