Stockton North MP, Alex Cunningham, has submitted a formal objection to further development in the Thorpe Thewles village – and has criticised developers for their cynical and insulting attitude to local people and Stockton Borough Council’s Planning Committee.
In a letter to Stockton Borough Council, Alex, who has long campaigned to protect Thorpe Thewles from development, has accused developers of cynically portraying a small-scale development of 25 houses as a compromise following an earlier rejection of a proposed 40-house development. Alex also reiterates his concerns that in light of a lack of local amenities, no public transport and unsuitable infrastructure, Thorpe Thewles would struggle to cope with further development.
I will continue to support local residents in their battle to keep Thorpe Thewles free from further development, and have formally submitted my own objection for Stockton Borough Council’s Planning Committee to consider.
The developer’s continued submission of applications, and their portrayal of a much-reduced proposal as some sort of compromise, is not only a cynical ploy to get approval for a scheme, but one that holds the views of the residents in contempt.
The simple fact is this: Thorpe Thewles neither wants, nor can sustain, further development. I sincerely hope the Planning Committee upholds the will of local residents when it comes to make its decision.
Consultation is still ongoing and residents can have their say on the development by following this link: https://www.developmentmanagement.stockton.gov.uk/online-applications/. The Application reference number is 17/3007/REV