Castle Point Council's five year plan shows more homes to be built on mainland rather than Canvey (From Echo)
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Castle Point Council's five year plan shows more homes to be built on mainland rather than Canvey
MORE new homes are set to be built on mainland Castle Point than on Canvey, it has emerged from the council’s five year plan.
Due to national government legislation the local authority is required to make provision for 1,200 additional properties across the borough by 2018.
The council has so far earmarked sites for 1,008 of these, with 559 set to be built on mainland Castle Point and the remaining 449 on Canvey.
The former Castle View School on Foksville Road, Canvey, will make way for 50 new homes, but the playing fields will be protected and not used for a further 100 properties as previously suggested.
Other proposals in the five year plan include the development of 13 homes on the industrial site at Great Burches Road, Thundersley, up to 160 properties on land between Felstead Road and Catherine Road, Benfleet, and 120 new flats in Hadleigh town centre.
Sites such as Point Road and Thorney Bay Caravan Park, Canvey, Scrub Lane, Hadleigh, and Kiln Road, Thundersley, were already set aside in the 1998 local plan.
Councillor Norman Smith, responsible for economic development, said: “I believe this is the most important action the council will have to work on in the next few years. We need to protect our greenbelt from developers so we are looking at every other piece of land available.
“I think we need to remember that every local authority is required to have a local plan and part of that is recognising where we can build new homes.”
Before the emergence of the five year plan, residents and Canvey councillors feared that the majority of the required homes would be squeezed onto the island.
Canvey Independent Party Councillor Dave Blackwell still believes that the current infrastructure will struggle to cope with the extra 449 properties.
He said: “We are going to deliver all these houses in five years which is going to increase the pressure which services on Canvey already face. Now that Sadlers Farm is nearly up and running the problem is not getting on or off the island. When residents get to the Waterside roundabout it can take them half an hour to get to their homes because there are just too many cars. We need to do something about that before we can build more houses.”