Victory for residents as public inquiry dismisses plans to dump waste on Ingrebourne Hill
PUBLISHED: 17:40 29 September 2016 | UPDATED: 17:43 29 September 2016
“This will send a strong message our green belt is not for sale,” a councillor has said after finding out a public inquiry dismissed today an appeal to dump inert waste on green belt land.
The public inquiry into a proposed plan to merge Ingrebourne Hill with Hornchurch Country Park using construction material by re-designing the landscape of the green belt found the proposal should not go ahead.
The applicant Ingrebourne Valley Ltd appealed a decision from Havering Council to reject the planning application, which would have doubled the size of Ingrebourne Hill, and a three-day public inquiry took place last month.
Planning inspector Katie Peerless found the harm caused by the “inappropriate development within the green belt” outweighed special circumstances, in which the development would have been allowed to take place.
Friends of Ingrebourne Hill member Ray Randall said the group was “ecstatic” about the decision.
“Hopefully there will be no more appeals and the land will stay as it is,” he added.
Residents, councillors and green groups have been opposing the plans since they were first submitted in 2011.
Objections to the plans included concerns over the use of a processing plant on the site and that the development would lead to a lorry a minutes accessing the site and would destroy the ecology of the land.
Cllr Michael Deon-Burton, representing South Hornchurch, who has been fighting against the plans since they were first proposed, said he was “elated”.
“This is great news for the people of Hornchurch that in the future our children will be able to enjoy what we have often described our family silver.
“This will send a message to all multi-million pounds developers and waste processing companies that our green belt is not for sale,” he added.