Sold: 135 home estate to be built on popular Laindon playing fields

Residents at the fields

Residents at the fields

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A popular park in Laindon will become a housing estate after a controversial £7.5million deal was sealed, the Echo can reveal.

Developer Redrow Homes will build 135 homes on playing fields off Ballards Walk, in Lee Chapel North.

Work is set to start at the end of the year.

The huge sum finally pays off the £38million Sporting Village, which opened in 2011.

However, the landmark decision has angered many residents unhappy with the loss of another park area.

Malcolm Buckley, Basildon councillor responsible for regeneration, said: “I appreciate selling land for housing could be contentious to some people, but this site has always been identified for future housing need and we must provide new homes for local people.

“I’m pleased we’ve found a buyer for the land. Redrow will build an exciting scheme, providing an improved mix of housing in this area.

The site is green field, but has never been classified as green belt.

Mr Buckley added: “As an urban development, Ballards Walk gives us the opportunity to reduce the impact of building on green belt.”

In 2012, the council paid consultant GL Hearne £300,000 to draw up a planning application, which was passed last November.

The authority then used this application to help market the land to developers, and now Redrow has snapped it up.

Nigel Smith, leader of the opposition Labour party, who represents Lee Chapel North, said: “To pay for the destruction of Gloucester Park with the Sporting Village, the council has approved the destruction of Ballards Walk. This is really bad news.”

Keith Parrett, Redrow’s regional chief executive, said: “Our development will feature a mix of properties which will appeal to a range of buyers and include affordable homes to meet local need.”

The estate will offer a mixture of two, three and four-bedroom homes. Residents claim the Ballards Walk development, coupled with a scheme for 73 homes in Markhams Chase, will put a huge amount of pressure on St Nicholas Lane, in Laindon.

Basildon Council has proposed 2,300 extra homes to be built in Laindon as part of its local plan from 2011 to 2031, mainly in the west towards Dunton.

Ballards Walk, which has outline permission, is included in that plan.

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5:32pm Fri 21 Mar 14

Howard Cháse says...

No surprises there then that this has got the thumbs up from Ball, Blake, Buckley and Co. Builders.


How many of these houses will be available for Basildon residents on the waiting list for social housing?

How 'affordable' will these houses be?

Have they managed to sell all the properties built on Five Links yet?
No surprises there then that this has got the thumbs up from Ball, Blake, Buckley and Co. Builders. How many of these houses will be available for Basildon residents on the waiting list for social housing? How 'affordable' will these houses be? Have they managed to sell all the properties built on Five Links yet? Howard Cháse
  • Score: 9

5:44pm Fri 21 Mar 14

TheWizzard says...

The sports village was paid off some time ago, the council have so far paid around £42,000,000 for the sv, so this land does not need to be sold
The sports village was paid off some time ago, the council have so far paid around £42,000,000 for the sv, so this land does not need to be sold TheWizzard
  • Score: 6

5:50pm Fri 21 Mar 14

Jack222 says...

Excellent we need new houses. And I dont care whether they are affordable houses or not. People with money help the local economy. If you cant afford to live there then work harder! That's capitalism.
Excellent we need new houses. And I dont care whether they are affordable houses or not. People with money help the local economy. If you cant afford to live there then work harder! That's capitalism. Jack222
  • Score: -14

5:52pm Fri 21 Mar 14

carnmountyouknowitmakessense says...

Just goes to show, that no matter what the land has been used for, the new builds will be going ahead, Jotman's next..
Just goes to show, that no matter what the land has been used for, the new builds will be going ahead, Jotman's next.. carnmountyouknowitmakessense
  • Score: 7

6:03pm Fri 21 Mar 14

Nebs says...

Howard Cháse wrote:
No surprises there then that this has got the thumbs up from Ball, Blake, Buckley and Co. Builders.


How many of these houses will be available for Basildon residents on the waiting list for social housing?

How 'affordable' will these houses be?

Have they managed to sell all the properties built on Five Links yet?
6th paragraph, they will be for local people.
[quote][p][bold]Howard Cháse[/bold] wrote: No surprises there then that this has got the thumbs up from Ball, Blake, Buckley and Co. Builders. How many of these houses will be available for Basildon residents on the waiting list for social housing? How 'affordable' will these houses be? Have they managed to sell all the properties built on Five Links yet?[/p][/quote]6th paragraph, they will be for local people. Nebs
  • Score: -9

6:59pm Fri 21 Mar 14

tac123 says...

30 second walk from this green space to Gloucester park! What are you idiots complaining about?
30 second walk from this green space to Gloucester park! What are you idiots complaining about? tac123
  • Score: -15

7:30pm Fri 21 Mar 14

Discouraged says...

The air in Basildon smells now because the sewers cannot handle the number of houses we already have. The hospital has up to a 12 hour wait in accident and emergency and not enough parking spaces. Parents cannot get their children a space in a school of their choice, and Basildon Council wants to build more houses. STUPID. As for "two properties Nigel Smith" what a hypocrite.
The air in Basildon smells now because the sewers cannot handle the number of houses we already have. The hospital has up to a 12 hour wait in accident and emergency and not enough parking spaces. Parents cannot get their children a space in a school of their choice, and Basildon Council wants to build more houses. STUPID. As for "two properties Nigel Smith" what a hypocrite. Discouraged
  • Score: 12

7:39pm Fri 21 Mar 14

carnmountyouknowitmakessense says...

Discouraged wrote:
The air in Basildon smells now because the sewers cannot handle the number of houses we already have. The hospital has up to a 12 hour wait in accident and emergency and not enough parking spaces. Parents cannot get their children a space in a school of their choice, and Basildon Council wants to build more houses. STUPID. As for "two properties Nigel Smith" what a hypocrite.
Each street could have a rota, for wc flushing, that would minimise that stench...
[quote][p][bold]Discouraged[/bold] wrote: The air in Basildon smells now because the sewers cannot handle the number of houses we already have. The hospital has up to a 12 hour wait in accident and emergency and not enough parking spaces. Parents cannot get their children a space in a school of their choice, and Basildon Council wants to build more houses. STUPID. As for "two properties Nigel Smith" what a hypocrite.[/p][/quote]Each street could have a rota, for wc flushing, that would minimise that stench... carnmountyouknowitmakessense
  • Score: -6

9:03pm Fri 21 Mar 14

VanRes says...

Loads of land suitable to build on in Billericay so l hear.
Loads of land suitable to build on in Billericay so l hear. VanRes
  • Score: 6

9:57pm Fri 21 Mar 14

fedupwithalltheusernamesbeingused says...

so sad that our park has now gone. as for the comment about walking over gloucester park. do u want to walk over there when the nights are drawing in. with inadequate lighting?? i know i dont want to.
our park is used constantly especially during the holidays. its nice and local for the kids to play in. theres always a group of lads playing footie over there. heck one morning i saw some men playing a game over there at 6AM they where night workers on their way home. the finance building i see alot of their workers sitting in the sun eating their lunch.
its a well used area and i am going to be very sad to see it buried under concrete. and will these houses be for social housing?? ease the waiting list.?? doubt it.
so sad that our park has now gone. as for the comment about walking over gloucester park. do u want to walk over there when the nights are drawing in. with inadequate lighting?? i know i dont want to. our park is used constantly especially during the holidays. its nice and local for the kids to play in. theres always a group of lads playing footie over there. heck one morning i saw some men playing a game over there at 6AM they where night workers on their way home. the finance building i see alot of their workers sitting in the sun eating their lunch. its a well used area and i am going to be very sad to see it buried under concrete. and will these houses be for social housing?? ease the waiting list.?? doubt it. fedupwithalltheusernamesbeingused
  • Score: 11

7:38am Sat 22 Mar 14

Keptquiettillnow says...

carnmountyouknowitma
kessense
wrote:
Just goes to show, that no matter what the land has been used for, the new builds will be going ahead, Jotman's next..
Yes you are right.
The sad thing is our councilors seem to be in agreement with builders that
1 the best option is the easiest build for builders.
2 Joe and Joanna Public do not need any green open areas.
Just where do 'local' councilors live?
[quote][p][bold]carnmountyouknowitma kessense[/bold] wrote: Just goes to show, that no matter what the land has been used for, the new builds will be going ahead, Jotman's next..[/p][/quote]Yes you are right. The sad thing is our councilors seem to be in agreement with builders that 1 the best option is the easiest build for builders. 2 Joe and Joanna Public do not need any green open areas. Just where do 'local' councilors live? Keptquiettillnow
  • Score: 8

8:14am Sat 22 Mar 14

kaighn says...

it's already a home to foxes I see there ever night, where they going to go?
it's already a home to foxes I see there ever night, where they going to go? kaighn
  • Score: -3

11:56am Sat 22 Mar 14

Sensible Man says...

Abandoned / deserted brownfield sites all over Essex could easily be used instead.

But - oh no - lets use all the rapidly disappearing green sites for more shoeboxes.

A truly disgusting unnecessary proposal.

The answer - stop the relentless growth in the population - it is totally unsustainable.
No more people = no more ugly environment destroying shoeboxes required.

ESSEX IS FULL UP. SEND THE DEVELOPERS AWAY.
Abandoned / deserted brownfield sites all over Essex could easily be used instead. But - oh no - lets use all the rapidly disappearing green sites for more shoeboxes. A truly disgusting unnecessary proposal. The answer - stop the relentless growth in the population - it is totally unsustainable. No more people = no more ugly environment destroying shoeboxes required. ESSEX IS FULL UP. SEND THE DEVELOPERS AWAY. Sensible Man
  • Score: 15

12:24pm Sat 22 Mar 14

ItWillBeginAgain says...

As a person who was born here in 1984 and who has been living here all my life it is beyond sad to see what is happening to Basildon. First the old Swimming Pool at Gloucester Park, second Markham's Chase and now a field I used to play at almost everyday when I was a nipper is yes you guessed it being turned into more flats. Unfortunately there is nothing anyone living here can do about it who are against new flats being built and are against free space/open fields being taken over. Give it some years time and Basildon will be unrecognisable. I guess our back gardens will be eyed up next if there is no more open space to build any more houses/flats. I know times have to move on and especially Basildon but this is a huge shame.
As a person who was born here in 1984 and who has been living here all my life it is beyond sad to see what is happening to Basildon. First the old Swimming Pool at Gloucester Park, second Markham's Chase and now a field I used to play at almost everyday when I was a nipper is yes you guessed it being turned into more flats. Unfortunately there is nothing anyone living here can do about it who are against new flats being built and are against free space/open fields being taken over. Give it some years time and Basildon will be unrecognisable. I guess our back gardens will be eyed up next if there is no more open space to build any more houses/flats. I know times have to move on and especially Basildon but this is a huge shame. ItWillBeginAgain
  • Score: 5

12:35pm Sat 22 Mar 14

Howard Cháse says...

fedupwithalltheusern
amesbeingused
wrote:
so sad that our park has now gone. as for the comment about walking over gloucester park. do u want to walk over there when the nights are drawing in. with inadequate lighting?? i know i dont want to.
our park is used constantly especially during the holidays. its nice and local for the kids to play in. theres always a group of lads playing footie over there. heck one morning i saw some men playing a game over there at 6AM they where night workers on their way home. the finance building i see alot of their workers sitting in the sun eating their lunch.
its a well used area and i am going to be very sad to see it buried under concrete. and will these houses be for social housing?? ease the waiting list.?? doubt it.
More well used than the park in Kent View Road that Ma Larkin stepped in at the last minute and saved after the locals campaigned against the council selling it off.

There's hardly ever anyone other than dog emptiers over there
[quote][p][bold]fedupwithalltheusern amesbeingused[/bold] wrote: so sad that our park has now gone. as for the comment about walking over gloucester park. do u want to walk over there when the nights are drawing in. with inadequate lighting?? i know i dont want to. our park is used constantly especially during the holidays. its nice and local for the kids to play in. theres always a group of lads playing footie over there. heck one morning i saw some men playing a game over there at 6AM they where night workers on their way home. the finance building i see alot of their workers sitting in the sun eating their lunch. its a well used area and i am going to be very sad to see it buried under concrete. and will these houses be for social housing?? ease the waiting list.?? doubt it.[/p][/quote]More well used than the park in Kent View Road that Ma Larkin stepped in at the last minute and saved after the locals campaigned against the council selling it off. There's hardly ever anyone other than dog emptiers over there Howard Cháse
  • Score: 2

1:42pm Sat 22 Mar 14

caroljb says...

carnmountyouknowitma
kessense
wrote:
Just goes to show, that no matter what the land has been used for, the new builds will be going ahead, Jotman's next..
Big difference is the councils. Castle Point fight against such developments whereas Basildon Council agree just about every development as they are a 'new town'.
[quote][p][bold]carnmountyouknowitma kessense[/bold] wrote: Just goes to show, that no matter what the land has been used for, the new builds will be going ahead, Jotman's next..[/p][/quote]Big difference is the councils. Castle Point fight against such developments whereas Basildon Council agree just about every development as they are a 'new town'. caroljb
  • Score: 3

9:50pm Sat 22 Mar 14

Devils Advocate says...

Seems a shame that all the people moved out of overcrowded London to the green fields of Basildon, where everyone will be living in green space with new industries moving in to provide plenty of work etc; was only a half truth. They left off the bit that said: "And when you are all nicely settled, have paid your mortgages etc., then we will shut the factories and bring the overcrowding down to live with you. when it's all concrete and looks just like the slums of London, you will realise what fools you've been for letting the Tories run your lives! Did you think "New Labour" was actually anything to do with the Labour Party?
Seems a shame that all the people moved out of overcrowded London to the green fields of Basildon, where everyone will be living in green space with new industries moving in to provide plenty of work etc; was only a half truth. They left off the bit that said: "And when you are all nicely settled, have paid your mortgages etc., then we will shut the factories and bring the overcrowding down to live with you. when it's all concrete and looks just like the slums of London, you will realise what fools you've been for letting the Tories run your lives! Did you think "New Labour" was actually anything to do with the Labour Party? Devils Advocate
  • Score: 3

12:50am Sun 23 Mar 14

Seasider90 says...

Overcrowded South Essex. We're being crammed into a concrete jungle like rats in a cage but don't worry the developers and Tory friends are making millions. Forget any green spaces for kids - money comes first. And why do we need so many houses? For the EU masses moving here. When a decorator friend of mine who does council contracts in London says he never works on flats with English people in them it speaks volumes. Goodbye every green space in the south Essex but don't worry someone somewhere is making fortunes.
Overcrowded South Essex. We're being crammed into a concrete jungle like rats in a cage but don't worry the developers and Tory friends are making millions. Forget any green spaces for kids - money comes first. And why do we need so many houses? For the EU masses moving here. When a decorator friend of mine who does council contracts in London says he never works on flats with English people in them it speaks volumes. Goodbye every green space in the south Essex but don't worry someone somewhere is making fortunes. Seasider90
  • Score: 5

11:47am Sun 23 Mar 14

Devils Advocate says...

Nebs wrote:
Howard Cháse wrote:
No surprises there then that this has got the thumbs up from Ball, Blake, Buckley and Co. Builders.


How many of these houses will be available for Basildon residents on the waiting list for social housing?

How 'affordable' will these houses be?

Have they managed to sell all the properties built on Five Links yet?
6th paragraph, they will be for local people.
By "Local people" who exactly do you mean? Or didn't you read the original reasons for doing away with Basildon greenery with regard to this area about how it was going to "Raise the housing standard" (and your parties voters) somewhat. Also, do not forget how Gloucester park buildin is well under way, but they had to put a hold on the "Affordable" housing.
[quote][p][bold]Nebs[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Howard Cháse[/bold] wrote: No surprises there then that this has got the thumbs up from Ball, Blake, Buckley and Co. Builders. How many of these houses will be available for Basildon residents on the waiting list for social housing? How 'affordable' will these houses be? Have they managed to sell all the properties built on Five Links yet?[/p][/quote]6th paragraph, they will be for local people.[/p][/quote]By "Local people" who exactly do you mean? Or didn't you read the original reasons for doing away with Basildon greenery with regard to this area about how it was going to "Raise the housing standard" (and your parties voters) somewhat. Also, do not forget how Gloucester park buildin is well under way, but they had to put a hold on the "Affordable" housing. Devils Advocate
  • Score: 2

2:41pm Sun 23 Mar 14

Sensible Man says...

Basildon Council do seem to be to totally useless filth when it comes to giving in to absolutely EVERYTHING that the shoebox filth want. Why is this - what exactly is their rationale for giving in to the developer filth at every turn?? Anyone from Basildon Council care to explain why they hate the green environment so much - yet LUUURRRVVVEE those shoebox builders? FOR GODS SAKE - PLEASE EVERYONE VOTE THESE CONCRETE LOVING FILTH OUT AT THE NEXT OPPORTUNITY!!!!
Basildon Council do seem to be to totally useless filth when it comes to giving in to absolutely EVERYTHING that the shoebox filth want. Why is this - what exactly is their rationale for giving in to the developer filth at every turn?? Anyone from Basildon Council care to explain why they hate the green environment so much - yet LUUURRRVVVEE those shoebox builders? FOR GODS SAKE - PLEASE EVERYONE VOTE THESE CONCRETE LOVING FILTH OUT AT THE NEXT OPPORTUNITY!!!! Sensible Man
  • Score: 5

4:36pm Mon 24 Mar 14

Mikkel1 says...

I visited Laindon Saturday for the first time in a while and left again 100%+ DISGUSTED to see those pathetic shops it now has and a sheer disgrace to say the very least.

Still, it is said "Money speaks Many languages." I wonder why these places are to be built, when the area is already over-crowded with them already, and VERY little green left?
I visited Laindon Saturday for the first time in a while and left again 100%+ DISGUSTED to see those pathetic shops it now has and a sheer disgrace to say the very least. Still, it is said "Money speaks Many languages." I wonder why these places are to be built, when the area is already over-crowded with them already, and VERY little green left? Mikkel1
  • Score: 2

7:32pm Mon 24 Mar 14

ThisYear says...

I wonder if the call for a Knighthood for Bouncy Ball is still as loud?
I wonder if the call for a Knighthood for Bouncy Ball is still as loud? ThisYear
  • Score: 0

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