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Robert Halfon MP tables Parliamentary motion calling for Stort Crossing developers to “go back to the drawing board”

News / Wed 21st Jul 2021 at 08:33am

HARLOW’S MP, Robert Halfon, has stepped up his calls for the Stort Crossing developers to “go back to the drawing board” by tabling a motion in Parliament on the matter.

The motion reads:

That this House understands concerns about the impacts that the Stort crossing proposals will have upon the beautiful environment of the Stort Valley in Harlow constituency; further understands the threat that those proposals pose to local wildlife and ecosystems; recognises the concerns about those proposals raised by hundreds of local residents; further recognises that the plans for that problematic development have been inherited from the previous Labour Council who agreed to the proposals in the 2020 Local Plan; notes that Harlow Conservative Councillors voted against the 2020 Local Plan; and calls on the Government to put pressure onto the developers to reassess those plans and go back to the drawing board.

Mr Halfon published a statement last week setting out his position on the controversial crossing and noted that Harlow’s previous Labour Council had voted in support of the plans in their 2020 Local Plan – which the Conservatives opposed.

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6 Comments for Robert Halfon MP tables Parliamentary motion calling for Stort Crossing developers to “go back to the drawing board”:

Paul Henderson
2021-07-21 08:47:30

Mr Halfon highlights the duplicity and deceit of Harlow's former Labour administration and the recent cheap and cynical tactics used by their unsuccessful Momentum candidate in the recent Mark Hall by-election. Labour have always supported this damaging venture.

novoman
2021-07-21 09:18:42

Paul, I'm sure it slipped your mind, you forgot to mention Conservative East Herts, Conservative Essex, Conservative Epping , Conservative Herts all major players and developers looking to serve their own interests.at the environmental cost to Harlow. OTH Robert has had the insight and shown a fresh informed rationale change in Conservative approach, most likely in the light of the Climate Change Committee Report and of a local campaign to recognise that poor planning, avoidance of up to date thinking on Engineering and moves by the development partners to side step proper ecological and environmental assessments are a recipe for a rolling disaster over the next 23 years! Building regardless of the environment damages us all and will accelerate Climate Change.

tenpin
2021-07-21 10:54:58

This really is the height of hypocrisy from our Tory MP who has been the "champion" of an enlarged "Harlow". As Novoman says, a Tory led Herts CC. Essex CC, Epping Forest DC and East Herts DC have all worked together with Harlow's Labour Council to create The Harlow and Gilston Garden Town. Where were the Harlow Tories during the examination hearings of the Local Plans of the these authorities, they were no-where to be seen. Only the Harlow Alliance Party participated in the Hearings of the Epping and Harlow Plans, raising a whole load of objections centred on the lack of consultation with Harlow's residents. The crossing has been well documented for at least 3 years but until Neil started to bang the drum most people in Harlow knew little if anything about the effect this will have on the Stort Valley. Conservative candidates pledged to stop Epping Forest DC from allowing the Green Belt adjacent to Sumners from being built on, can we expect our MP to raise this matter in the House of Commons?

Neil Warner-Baker
2021-07-22 08:56:27

This a most welcoming developement, i don't know what will come of this early morning Motion but I sincerely hope that it will lead to a time for our politicians of all ilks to come together and reflect on preserving our heritage, saving our perceived green belt and developing the town within the framework of Gibbards plan.

roger beaumont
2021-07-27 14:12:37

Does it need reminding that the proposed ESC goes over land until very recently previously used to extract gravel and later as waste infill.Further that this will enable the construction of 10,000 much needed homes,including social housing, new schools and assist with the further development of Harlow....Or does none of this matter ...?

Roger J Beaumont
2021-07-27 14:14:56

Does it need reminding that the proposed ESC goes over land until very recently previously used to extract gravel and later as waste infill.Further that this will enable the construction of 10,000 much needed homes,including social housing, new schools and assist with the further development of Harlow....Or does none of this matter ...?

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