Success! Care2 Petition Author Helps Stop Unauthorized Development in Essex

Stansted Mountfitchet is a pretty village in the county of Essex, in the U.K. It’s just about 35 miles north of London and also close to Stansted international airport, known in particular as a base for several low-cost European airlines.

The village is a perfect place for developers looking for new places to build houses.

That’s what one of the U.K.’s biggest developers, Bloor Homes, decided when they started construction in the village. Provoking anger in the community, they failed to get planning permission from the local council, but began tearing up the land and even created dangerous, unauthorized access to Essex County Highways.

Local resident Caroline Bedford was outraged when she saw how Bloor Homes was getting away with starting construction in her village without bothering to ask for permission.

While it’s common knowledge that developers sometimes get “into bed with local authorities,” as The Guardian puts it, this was flagrant disregard for the law.

Bedford knew she had to find a way to put a stop to this unauthorized construction and decided to create a Care2 petition.

“Local residents are accepting of authorized, approved and controlled development, but fail to accept that big organizations are not required to obey the rules set by the appropriate authorities,” she wrote in her petition.

“We are calling for Uttlesford Council to insist that Bloor Homes cease to develop this land and remove the buildings, signage, cabling and lighting, and make good the damage to the highways WITH IMMEDIATE EFFECT.”

Bedford’s petition quickly garnered over 2,300 signatures as well as plenty of comments.

“Planning laws are there for a reason. Those who flout them should be brought to account,” wrote Judith M., U.K.

“How the hell can the Council NOT act against this blatant breach of planning laws. HAVE to act, otherwise where will it end?” asked U.K. resident Timothy P.

Care2 members were furious that Bloor Homes could bully its way into doing whatever it wanted, and their voices were heard.

Success!

Here’s how Bedford has updated her petition:

“Thank you to everyone who signed and shared this petition. I’m delighted to report that Uttlesford District Council have made a firm example of Bloor Homes. Both were aware of this petition and we were covered in local media. The council have told Bloor Homes to remove their unauthorized development and return the land to its original state (as near as possible) within seven days. Here’s to people power!”

Congrats to Caroline Bedford and thank you to everyone who supported her campaign.

As Bedford told Care2, “The petition was a huge part of the success. It allowed us to give people the feeling that they were making a difference.”

“The council were very aware of the petition, as were Bloor Homes. It was also referred in the local papers and on BBC Essex Radio news.” She added that Uttlesford District Council has come down very hard on Bloor Homes, proving that public opinion has been heard.

If you’re inspired by Caroline Bedford’s success, why not start your own petition? It’s really easy to get started: Just check out these guidelines and pretty soon you’ll find Care2 members signing up to support you.

 

Photo Credit: Care2

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