Robert Halfon MP raises “devastating” warehouse development at Bynghams in House of Commons
News / Fri 10th Sep 2021 at 07:26am
HARLOW’S MP, Robert Halfon, today stood up for Bynghams residents in the House of Commons about the warehouse development, backing onto their gardens, which he said “should never have been allowed to happen”.
Mr Halfon raised the issue with the Leader of the House of Commons, Jacob Rees-Mogg MP. He called for an urgent debate adding that “An enormous 15 metre high warehouse has been erected just metres from residents’ back gardens in Bynghams, in Harlow, blighting their gardens, blighting their homes and having a devastating impact on their lives.
“The planning application was passed in both 2017 and 2021 with little objection, because the consultation process is weak and not fit for purpose.
“This should never have been allowed to pass and it can never be allowed to happen again.”
The Leader of the House responded by saying that the Government is bringing forward a new Planning Bill which will allow for comprehensive reform to the system to ensure that it is fit for purpose.
Surely the Ancient lights law of 1663 should be applied here. I would suggest that the residents get together and instruct a solicitor on the matter.
“The planning application was passed in both 2017 and 2021 with little objection, because the consultation process is weak and not fit for purpose. residents had the opportunity to raise objections some even threw the letter sent to them in the bin saying they thought it was a circular, i live in sumners opposite katherines and even i knew about it, you cant moan when you were given ample time to object, think it was like 4 people who objected
I live in Bynghams and received no notification of these buildings. The first I knew is when they suddenly started to rise above the height of my house. This whole thing is a disgrace and typical of the labour council. I wonder how many back handers it took to get this approved
With respect to the last comment from John Russell the planning committee is made up of all councillors who all supported the application. Tory and Labour. There is no political pressure or biased Recommendation we’re made and agreed Your wrong. If you have evidence of bribery then please report this matter to the police
It is a shameful state of affairs that Harlow Council (whether Labour or Tory) hides behind a statement that consultation took place. This sort of thing should not require consultation in the first place. Anyone in their right mind and in a position of protecting their residents' rights would not allow such an infringement of people's interests in the first place. When will our elected Councils realise they are supposed to be supporting Harlow residents and not chipping away at our quality of life? After all, we pay our Council Tax and should be respected as their customers!
In the same vein Steve, an even bigger issue (sorry for the pun) is the fact that Harlow Council have done nothing during the last four years to advise it's residents of the huge house building programme being proposed by Epping Forest DC on the green belt land around Harlow, which in some cases is just 12 feet from back gardens in the town and at the late hour of 23.59 in the process, the Conservative led Council are saying they will write to the Planning Inspector of the EFDC Local Plan objecting to these proposals when she has already indicated that she will not consider any such representations. When at last nights Council's Cabinet meeting I pointed this out to Cllr Johnson he replied by saying that he hoped she would. As the saying goes he has Bob Hope and no hope! The Conservatives have done nothing where it really matters to affect the final decisions in this matter in the last 3 years, they are now just trying to save face and win votes. Nicholas Taylor, Leader of The Harlow Alliance Party
On 25th March 2021, Your Harlow carried an article headed "jobs boost for Harlow" and Robert Halfon described it as "fantastic news for Harlow". Now it seems it isn't so fantastic. Don't get me wrong, I am not condoning the building, but pointing out how important it is to pay attention to what is being planned for our town (similar issues perhaps to the new Stort crossing for which there were lots of opportunity to understand and protest 2/3 years ago). Robert, your about face on this needs explanation, I would suggest also that having been re-elected in 2019 with a tax cutting agenda you should at least apologise for supporting the opposite. Harlow Council went tory in May, it will be interesting to see if they are able to keep that promise in 5/6
Thanks Robert. https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2021/sep/11/ministers-to-ditch-overhaul-of-planning-laws-after-criticism
With greates respect "Mike" - a letter shoved through a letter box addressed "to the occupier" goes in the bin in most homes these days! Should not something as important as a consultation be personally addressed, at the least? Sure also, marked important!
At the very least this project was gross incompetence. The planning committee are clearly bone idle and failed to see the long term distress and financial impact there laziness and incompetence would cause. The council should consider compensation for this blunder and members of that planning committee should be barred from public office to prevent any further damage to Harlow's infrastructure or to Harlow residents.