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Witham: Man accuses council of "failing to do their homework"
1:00pm Sunday 29th September 2013 in News
A homeowner accused Braintree Council of failing to do its homework after part of his garden was set aside for employment use.
Chris Bailey, of Chipping Hill, Witham, spoke out at Monday’s Braintree Council meeting outlining the problems this could cause him in the future.
The meeting was held to discuss documents which outline how the district will be developed up until 2026.
Mr Bailey spoke after Martin Addison, owner of the adjacent Ramsden Mills carpet superstore, after also disagreeing with his land being allocated for employment use.
Braintree Council officers claim the employment allocation for the site on the Chipping Hill Industrial Estate would ensure it would not become housing.
Mr Addison outlined numerous hurdles to the site being allocated for employment, such as that many of the buildings do not have access to running water.
He highlighted other planning decisions such allowing retail businesses to open on industrial estates and questioned why his site was being singled out solely for employment use.
Mr Bailey said: “It seems the planning policy manager has not done some of their homework.”
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