Ropey roads may stop development: Report says infrastructure can’t cope with 2,500 Billericay homes

Not here – green belt campaigner Clive Aldous in field where developers want to build homes off Outwood Farm Road, Billericay

Not here – green belt campaigner Clive Aldous in field where developers want to build homes off Outwood Farm Road, Billericay

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NEIGHBOURING boroughs may need to take on hundreds of new homes proposed for Billericay if its road network cannot cope.

A report obtained by the Echo has revealed Essex County Council has significant concerns over plans to extend west Billericay by 1,400 homes as part of Basildon Council’s local plan, claiming roads will not cope.

County Hall said major improvements were needed before newhomes could be built.

About 2,500 homes are planned for Billericay with 2,300 on three green belt sites off Queen’s Park and Outwood Common Road.

Investigations are being carried out into how the town’s already stretched road network can be improved.

However, in a 58-page report, County Hall said if those improvements were not viable, Basildon Council could have to find alternative sites for the 1,400 homes earmarked for the west extension.

Andrew Cook, director of planning at EssexCounty Council, said: “There are problems with the capacity of the Billericay highway network.

“Essex County Council, in consultation with Basildon Council, is in the process of identifying and assessing appropriate mitigation work to the Billericay highway network.

“If it is not possible to deliver the required number of dwellings in west Billericay, Basildon Council may need to redistribute the housing elsewhere in the borough or may need to approach neighbouring authorities to see if they can take this element of the borough’s objectively assessed needs.”

The local plan will act as planning policy up until 2031, setting out sites for 16,000 homes across Basildon, Wickford, Billericay, Laindon and Pitsea.

About 3,500 are already built or have planning permission.

The report also states Basildon Council has “significantly overestimated”

the number of new schools that would be needed in Basildon and Wickford to cope with the growth.

However it recommends the council requests financial contributions towards expanding existing secondary schools in Billericay.

Tony Ball, leader of Basildon Council, said: “We always knew expanding west Billericay would be difficult, but we took the view we wanted to share the housing growth across the five towns in the borough.

“Wewill take into account what the county council has said and come back with a revised plan after all the consultation responses have been considered.

“I don’t know what the improvements will be, but we will work with highways to see what can be done.

“We have a duty to co-operate so we will approach Brentwood, Castle Point, Rochford and Thurrock over whether they could take on homes, but all local authorities are struggling to find land for housing growth.

“We must provide enough homes and unfortunately we have to turn to green belt, which we are not enthusiastic about.”

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6:57am Thu 10 Apr 14

Kim Gandy says...

Yeah right. More like Billericayites don't take too kindly to any kind of change or interference.

And a good few councillors live there, more's to the point.
Yeah right. More like Billericayites don't take too kindly to any kind of change or interference. And a good few councillors live there, more's to the point. Kim Gandy
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9:15am Thu 10 Apr 14

Bettycraven says...

What about the roads around the dry street proposed housing site, the roads definatly can't take all those houses being built there.🌰🌰
What about the roads around the dry street proposed housing site, the roads definatly can't take all those houses being built there.🌰🌰 Bettycraven
  • Score: 11

9:40am Thu 10 Apr 14

pembury53 says...

never under estimate the determination and where with all, of the middle class, to achieve their objectives..... the consequence of good blood, upbringing and education......... make no mistake, plans will have been drawn up, to ensure these new builds, occupy someone else's back yards...........
never under estimate the determination and where with all, of the middle class, to achieve their objectives..... the consequence of good blood, upbringing and education......... make no mistake, plans will have been drawn up, to ensure these new builds, occupy someone else's back yards........... pembury53
  • Score: -1

10:20am Thu 10 Apr 14

Howard Cháse says...

Bettycraven wrote:
What about the roads around the dry street proposed housing site, the roads definatly can't take all those houses being built there.🌰🌰
You've forgotten the mantra South of the A127 good, north of the A127 bad though...

Of course we all know that the Dry Street proposed development will stuff up even further the already problematic road from Five Bells past the Hospital and down to the Roundacre roundabouts and that the proposed widening and adding of extra traffic lights of it won't work either but Basildon Council Builders Limited have already decided that it's going ahead regardless.

Billericay have got to accept that they must take some of the tens of thousands of new houses the Government say must be built in the area whether they like it or not.
[quote][p][bold]Bettycraven[/bold] wrote: What about the roads around the dry street proposed housing site, the roads definatly can't take all those houses being built there.🌰🌰[/p][/quote]You've forgotten the mantra South of the A127 good, north of the A127 bad though... Of course we all know that the Dry Street proposed development will stuff up even further the already problematic road from Five Bells past the Hospital and down to the Roundacre roundabouts and that the proposed widening and adding of extra traffic lights of it won't work either but Basildon Council Builders Limited have already decided that it's going ahead regardless. Billericay have got to accept that they must take some of the tens of thousands of new houses the Government say must be built in the area whether they like it or not. Howard Cháse
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5:41pm Thu 10 Apr 14

TheWizzard says...

If it is not possible to deliver the required number of dwellings in west Billericay, Basildon Council may need to redistribute the housing elsewhere in the borough or may need to approach neighbouring authorities to see if they can take this element of the borough’s objectively assessed needs.”

No room in Basildon for any more houses, take your share and be done with it
If it is not possible to deliver the required number of dwellings in west Billericay, Basildon Council may need to redistribute the housing elsewhere in the borough or may need to approach neighbouring authorities to see if they can take this element of the borough’s objectively assessed needs.” No room in Basildon for any more houses, take your share and be done with it TheWizzard
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6:18pm Thu 10 Apr 14

Howard Cháse says...

TheWizzard wrote:
If it is not possible to deliver the required number of dwellings in west Billericay, Basildon Council may need to redistribute the housing elsewhere in the borough or may need to approach neighbouring authorities to see if they can take this element of the borough’s objectively assessed needs.”

No room in Basildon for any more houses, take your share and be done with it
They don't keep voting for Conservative Councillors for this sort of thing to happen. Must be really confusing for the poor loves.

Puts them in a right dilemma for any upcoming local elections niw.....
[quote][p][bold]TheWizzard[/bold] wrote: If it is not possible to deliver the required number of dwellings in west Billericay, Basildon Council may need to redistribute the housing elsewhere in the borough or may need to approach neighbouring authorities to see if they can take this element of the borough’s objectively assessed needs.” No room in Basildon for any more houses, take your share and be done with it[/p][/quote]They don't keep voting for Conservative Councillors for this sort of thing to happen. Must be really confusing for the poor loves. Puts them in a right dilemma for any upcoming local elections niw..... Howard Cháse
  • Score: 1

11:18pm Thu 10 Apr 14

Devils Advocate says...

Basildon Town is having houses built between houses. The whole concept of the New Town was to remove people from the overcrowded houses of London (Also known by many as "Slums" to areas with green spaces around and between the houses.) Billericay has watched quietly as the principle of the new town, of which their council had was the one that supported the development, is crushed to pulp under the broken pavements. Now they are threatened with only 2000 houses outside of their estates? Perhaps they could have helped prevent the whole thing happening if they had told their councillor to pack it up when he started on the rest of us!
Basildon Town is having houses built between houses. The whole concept of the New Town was to remove people from the overcrowded houses of London (Also known by many as "Slums" to areas with green spaces around and between the houses.) Billericay has watched quietly as the principle of the new town, of which their council had was the one that supported the development, is crushed to pulp under the broken pavements. Now they are threatened with only 2000 houses outside of their estates? Perhaps they could have helped prevent the whole thing happening if they had told their councillor to pack it up when he started on the rest of us! Devils Advocate
  • Score: 1

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