Get set for 12,500 new homes...and most of them are on green belt

Echo: Get set for 12,500 new homes...and most of them are on green belt Get set for 12,500 new homes...and most of them are on green belt

PLANS to build 12,500 Basildon homes over the next 18 years have been revealed – with the majority of sites set for green belt land.

After a decade of deliberation, Basildon Council has finally revealed the sites it has earmarked for development between 2014 and 2031.

Councillors said the plans would pave the way for 8,500 new jobs.

Each development would be phased and plans include a new train station in Laindon and new shopping centres and schools across the borough.

The proposals total 16,000 homes, but 3,500 are already built, or have been given planning permission – including Dry Street – since 2011.

An average of 800 homes per year will be required.

The final numbers have been downscaled from previous proposals to build 21,000 homes in the borough during the same period.

The blueprint will go out to public consultation before being submitted to Government planning inspectors for final approval.

The Local Plan includes: ! 10,125 homes in Basildon new town, Laindon, and Pitsea and 48 hectares of employment land ! 2,500 homes in Billericay and 0.3 hectares of employment land ! 2,800 homes in Wickford and 0.7 hectares of employment land ! 575 homes on plotland settlements in the borough.

The council has insisted, as the vast amount of urban space has already been built on, it has no choice but to concrete over some of the green belt land that makes up 63 per cent of the borough.

Council leader Tony Ball said: “We have defended the green belt from hostile developers in the past, but the reality is, if we are to give our children opportunity in the future, then we have to build over it.”

Richard Moore, councillor responsible for planning, said: “Even if all these sites are developed, 59 per cent of the borough is still green belt. We have a green borough and in 20 years’ time we will still have a green borough.”

The council sets out the numbers for homes and jobs, but it is up to private developers and business to come forward and build on the designated land.

The authority’s Local Plan has been ten years in the making and senior officials at the council have admitted this has, in the past, left them “vulnerable” to developers who take their applications to appeal.

The council and the Government have blamed each other for the delay.

The council insists this Local Plan will offer it protection against developers in the future.

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11:58am Thu 12 Dec 13

Kim Gandy says...

....and who is going to be housed there?
....and who is going to be housed there? Kim Gandy

12:08pm Thu 12 Dec 13

Howard Cháse says...

Is it April the first?

Look at that map and see that there's over a thousand planned in Billericay. As if that's ever going to happen......
Is it April the first? Look at that map and see that there's over a thousand planned in Billericay. As if that's ever going to happen...... Howard Cháse

12:10pm Thu 12 Dec 13

Eric the Red says...

I think that the 'children of the future' will not thank us for the way that we are treating our countryside. We don't need more houses; just less people.
I think that the 'children of the future' will not thank us for the way that we are treating our countryside. We don't need more houses; just less people. Eric the Red

12:34pm Thu 12 Dec 13

Nowthatsworthknowing says...

Canvey has vast swathes of under used fields, hope they look into that.
Canvey has vast swathes of under used fields, hope they look into that. Nowthatsworthknowing

1:40pm Thu 12 Dec 13

GeneralGrb says...

Nowthatsworthknowing wrote:
Canvey has vast swathes of under used fields, hope they look into that.
Its not in Basildon, so they can't!!
[quote][p][bold]Nowthatsworthknowing[/bold] wrote: Canvey has vast swathes of under used fields, hope they look into that.[/p][/quote]Its not in Basildon, so they can't!! GeneralGrb

1:54pm Thu 12 Dec 13

JoeBlogs2 says...

Sack the lot

Councilors are killing my countryside... you greedy bustards , more back hander’s for the planning committee at Basildon Town Hall

And we pay for their fat salaries via our council tax for them to slowly kill of our land JOKE
Sack the lot Councilors are killing my countryside... you greedy bustards , more back hander’s for the planning committee at Basildon Town Hall And we pay for their fat salaries via our council tax for them to slowly kill of our land JOKE JoeBlogs2

4:20pm Thu 12 Dec 13

Audioman says...

Boy that is good news.
I say build them quick and cheap
sell or rent them out not so cheap
Don't build them in Billericay or Wickford
such nice places to live.
Boy that is good news. I say build them quick and cheap sell or rent them out not so cheap Don't build them in Billericay or Wickford such nice places to live. Audioman

6:22pm Thu 12 Dec 13

Devils Advocate says...

I love the old "Creation of jobs" bit. Part of the sweetener con they are so good at. Firstly the jobs wouldn't go to the English, trade union members will be excluded under the new Tory plans, and 8000 jobs for the itinerants. The first white elephant promised a sweetener of 850 jobs when the Barclay sah pot building was erected on the western Gloucester park extension. Of course, Barclay's changed their mind, pulled out and so no new jobs were created. In fact apart from some healthy profit when Barclay's sold it and I suppose some nice pies for our beloved reps, nothing was created for the gullible populace!
I love the old "Creation of jobs" bit. Part of the sweetener con they are so good at. Firstly the jobs wouldn't go to the English, trade union members will be excluded under the new Tory plans, and 8000 jobs for the itinerants. The first white elephant promised a sweetener of 850 jobs when the Barclay sah pot building was erected on the western Gloucester park extension. Of course, Barclay's changed their mind, pulled out and so no new jobs were created. In fact apart from some healthy profit when Barclay's sold it and I suppose some nice pies for our beloved reps, nothing was created for the gullible populace! Devils Advocate

6:45pm Thu 12 Dec 13

Eric the Red says...

I was driving alond the traffic-clogged A127 through Basildon today, thinking 'what this area needs is a few thousand more houses, and all the infrastructure to go with them'.
I was driving alond the traffic-clogged A127 through Basildon today, thinking 'what this area needs is a few thousand more houses, and all the infrastructure to go with them'. Eric the Red

7:46pm Thu 12 Dec 13

Nowthatsworthknowing says...

Fantastica, brill for the house builders...
Fantastica, brill for the house builders... Nowthatsworthknowing

1:31am Fri 13 Dec 13

Lastlaugh,,. says...

Karma!

Alocja said; "Done to done...it to it."
Karma! Alocja said; "Done to done...it to it." Lastlaugh,,.

2:28pm Mon 30 Dec 13

TheWizzard says...

Isn't Tony Ball a portfolio holder for the homes and community agency and also a board member of the south essex thames gateway project?
Isn't Tony Ball a portfolio holder for the homes and community agency and also a board member of the south essex thames gateway project? TheWizzard

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