Search

Councillor’s Upminster green belt bungalow proposal approved

14:04 12 March 2014

Cllr Barry Tebbutt. Picture Mark Sepple

Cllr Barry Tebbutt. Picture Mark Sepple

Archant

A councillor’s application for a new three-bedroom bungalow to be built on green belt land was approved last week, despite officer’s recommendations to reject it.

In December, the Regulatory Services Committee approved plans submitted by vice chair Cllr Barry Tebbutt to demolish an existing building in Southend Arterial Road, Upminster, and replace it with a two-bedroom bungalow.

But at last Thursday’s meeting, plans were approved for a three-bedroom property, with a larger roof than previously proposed.

Cllr David Durant voted against the proposal. He said: “The size of it clearly drives a coach and horses through green belt policy.

“But for some reason the Conservative, Ukip and Residents’ Association (RA) members thought otherwise and approved Cllr Tebbutt’s speculative green belt application!”

The plans were approved by eight votes to two, with two abstaining. Cllr Tebbutt was not present at the meeting, and claimed he had been treated poorly by the council over the matter.

“They’ve made me jump through hoops for this applciation to be approved,” he told the Recorder. “There’s a building 200 yards away from this site that is bigger than the one I applied for.

“My application was recommended by Ukip and seconded by the RA, which was nice. Cllr Durant was one of two to reject it, and I don’t really like him. Out of 10 residents that were questioned, only one opposed.”

National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) states the construction of new builds is inappropriate in green belt land.

Exceptions to this rule include replacement buildings, “provided the new building is in the same use and not materially larger than the one it replaces.”

The report stated that in this case it would be larger than the one proposed in December, and was therefore inappropriate in principle.

0 comments

Latest News Stories

Chris Noble, Jane Manning and baby Archie.

Will and Kate were not the only ones to welcome their little bundle of joy into the world at the weekend as couples celebrated the birth of their own royal babies.

Milan Patel, from Gidea Park, took on the 20km Tough Mudder challenge for Canine Partners

There are many ways to raise money for charity.

16:00
Abbs Cross Academy. Picture: Google Maps

An academy headteacher who has been absent since September will leave his post this summer.

13:29
Elizabeth Road, Pilgrims Hatch. Picture: Google Street View

Protein shakes and mobile phones were among thousands of pounds worth of items stolen by a teenager earlier this year.

Most read news

News from your area

WW100

Click on the banner above for full coverage of the centenary commemorations of the outbreak of the First World War.

Competitions

Limited edition Opihr Gin goodies up for grabs!

Opihr Oriental Spiced Gin is a unique style of London Dry Gin created at G&J one of the world’s oldest gin distillers, using exotic botanicals, herbs and spices.

Pop on the most stylish eyewear around from Specsavers.

London eyecare specialists Specsavers are offering London24 readers the chance to win a £150 voucher to spend on stylish eyewear in the city.

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Romford Recorder e-edition today E-edition
Family Notices 24


Our trusted business finder