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Proposal to build on Harold Hill green belt land refused by committee

PUBLISHED: 14:12 09 August 2016 | UPDATED: 14:22 09 August 2016

Havering Town Hall in Romford

Havering Town Hall in Romford

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Cheers filled the council chambers as a planning application to build on green belt land was refused.

Concerned residents flocked to Havering Town Hall last Thursday for the regulatory services committee meeting, where a decision whether to build five houses on Three Horseshoe Farm, Noak Hill Road, Harold Hill, was going to be made.

Cllr Denis O’Flynn, speaking directly to the committee, said: “If it is granted, we will open the flood gate for many other applications that will endanger our green belt sites.

“So I will ask with all sincerity for you to consider rejecting this application.”

The proposal was to demolish all existing stabling, storage and residential buildings and construct four houses with four bedrooms and one with three bedrooms on the land.

A similar application was dismissed on appeal in March 2014.

Committee members unanimously agreed to reject the application to the delight of residents.

A Harold Hill resident, who wishes to remain anonymous, said: “If the plan went ahead, the houses would have blotted the landscape.

“The residents were very happy with the outcome of the application and would like to thank all of them that supported us at the meeting and the councillors that spoke on our behalf.”

Cllr O’Flynn said: “It came as a great relief and I must confess to a great joy that the committee was unanimous in its determination to protect our green belt.

“The green belt is our children’s heritage and by protecting that we are protecting our environment.”

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