Basildon will be booming by 2031

Basildon will be booming by 2031

Basildon will be booming by 2031

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BASILDON will be a boom town by 2031, with a new railway station in Laindon, new primary schools and shopping centres and 12,500 new homes.

That’s the view of senior councillors who believe changes to planning law will help make ambitious plans for the borough become a reality.

Basildon Council’s ambitious local plan outlines the places it thinks 12,500 new homes should go between now and 2031.

However, the council has also made it clear local services will also need to be radically improved to serve a growing population.

The plan says the borough needs a new station at Laindon, four new primary schools and new shopping centres.

It also suggests cash should be invested in new GP surgeries and Basildon Hospital.

Planning law is being changed to give councils the power to impose a Community Infrastructure Levy on developers, forcing companies to contribute to the cost of providing facilities for people moving into homes they build.

The levy will replace the old Section 106 legal agreements under which councillors sought to extract cash from developers.

RichardMoore, Tory councillor responsible for planning, said: “The levy is designed to be fairer, faster and more transparent than the previous system.

“We hope it will give us the best chance of securing infrastructure developments to go with housing.”

The new system should give councils greater freedom to decide how they spend cash they get from developers and force companies to agree beforehand how much they will contribute.

Last year, the Echo reported Essex County Council was sitting on more than £1million in unspent Section 106 cash, set aside for highway and school improvements in Basildon.

Under the old system, if this money is not spent soon, some of it may be lost to the borough.

The new system will force councils to outline when and how the cash is spent, making it less likely for to be hived off and lost.

Mr Moore said other changes to the system underlined the importance of councils agreeing a Local Plan strategy document and getting it approved by the Government.

He explained: “If we do not have a robust plan in place we will leave ourselves vulnerable to predatory developers, driven by short-term profit motives, with scant regard for what is in Basildon’s best interest, or in keeping with the character of our towns and villages.”

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1:05pm Mon 6 Jan 14

Eric the Red says...

Read between the lines - massive over-population; loss of acres of green belt; gridlocked A127 and A13.
Read between the lines - massive over-population; loss of acres of green belt; gridlocked A127 and A13. Eric the Red
  • Score: 18

1:43pm Mon 6 Jan 14

I See It All says...

So grim for the next 17 years then?
So grim for the next 17 years then? I See It All
  • Score: 9

2:24pm Mon 6 Jan 14

Leon__ says...

Jam tomorrow. In this case, a tomorrow that's so far away that most of us will be pensioned off or worse by then.
Jam tomorrow. In this case, a tomorrow that's so far away that most of us will be pensioned off or worse by then. Leon__
  • Score: 5

2:35pm Mon 6 Jan 14

Leon__ says...

PS 2031 is such an impressively precise forecast, but they could go one or two better and say which month, or even week and the time of day. How about November 2nd, 2031 at 8.12 in the morning? See you all back here in 2031 hopefully to talk about the improvements expected at that time by 2048.
PS 2031 is such an impressively precise forecast, but they could go one or two better and say which month, or even week and the time of day. How about November 2nd, 2031 at 8.12 in the morning? See you all back here in 2031 hopefully to talk about the improvements expected at that time by 2048. Leon__
  • Score: 3

3:22pm Mon 6 Jan 14

pembury53 says...

Eric the Red wrote:
Read between the lines - massive over-population; loss of acres of green belt; gridlocked A127 and A13.
spot on..... it's just a 'soft soap' for that exact reality, and will be the same in southend borough with councils being forced to approve thousands of new houses over the next few years....
[quote][p][bold]Eric the Red[/bold] wrote: Read between the lines - massive over-population; loss of acres of green belt; gridlocked A127 and A13.[/p][/quote]spot on..... it's just a 'soft soap' for that exact reality, and will be the same in southend borough with councils being forced to approve thousands of new houses over the next few years.... pembury53
  • Score: 5

4:45pm Mon 6 Jan 14

Dan_ says...

pembury53 wrote:
Eric the Red wrote:
Read between the lines - massive over-population; loss of acres of green belt; gridlocked A127 and A13.
spot on..... it's just a 'soft soap' for that exact reality, and will be the same in southend borough with councils being forced to approve thousands of new houses over the next few years....
Section 106 agreements mean a developer will cut corners elsewhere because their projected profit will need to stay the same to satisfy those third parties who are investing in the development. So while they might be contributing to more bus stops, all of the houses they just built will last ten years less as a result.
[quote][p][bold]pembury53[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Eric the Red[/bold] wrote: Read between the lines - massive over-population; loss of acres of green belt; gridlocked A127 and A13.[/p][/quote]spot on..... it's just a 'soft soap' for that exact reality, and will be the same in southend borough with councils being forced to approve thousands of new houses over the next few years....[/p][/quote]Section 106 agreements mean a developer will cut corners elsewhere because their projected profit will need to stay the same to satisfy those third parties who are investing in the development. So while they might be contributing to more bus stops, all of the houses they just built will last ten years less as a result. Dan_
  • Score: 2

5:16pm Mon 6 Jan 14

LastLaugh2 says...

I See It All wrote:
So grim for the next 17 years then?
Been grim for the LAST 17, me thinks.
[quote][p][bold]I See It All[/bold] wrote: So grim for the next 17 years then?[/p][/quote]Been grim for the LAST 17, me thinks. LastLaugh2
  • Score: 3

5:43pm Mon 6 Jan 14

Devils Advocate says...

Much like the national government promise today, to look after the countries pensioners by making sure they receive enough pension. Oh, and whilst they are on the way to that, the winter fuel allowance will be stopped, bus passes are to go, etc. etc.
Also, the boom town is really here. The reduced building programme announced for Gloucester Park? They are cutting back by not building the affordable housing. This at the same time as Cameron says their will be a cut back in Council housing, eventually making them a thing of the past.

Do you really think we are not wise to the right-wing "Boom and Bust?"
Simples. We boom, you bust!
Much like the national government promise today, to look after the countries pensioners by making sure they receive enough pension. Oh, and whilst they are on the way to that, the winter fuel allowance will be stopped, bus passes are to go, etc. etc. Also, the boom town is really here. The reduced building programme announced for Gloucester Park? They are cutting back by not building the affordable housing. This at the same time as Cameron says their will be a cut back in Council housing, eventually making them a thing of the past. Do you really think we are not wise to the right-wing "Boom and Bust?" Simples. We boom, you bust! Devils Advocate
  • Score: 1

7:29pm Mon 6 Jan 14

LastLaugh,,, says...

Basildon will 'pick up' just in time for armageddon...lol.
Basildon will 'pick up' just in time for armageddon...lol. LastLaugh,,,
  • Score: 1

7:42pm Mon 6 Jan 14

GrumpyofLeigh says...

****! I'm going to die in 2030 so shall miss it
****! I'm going to die in 2030 so shall miss it GrumpyofLeigh
  • Score: -1

8:34pm Mon 6 Jan 14

robb789 says...

Can't wait....
Can't wait.... robb789
  • Score: -1

9:12pm Mon 6 Jan 14

LastLaugh2 says...

Like in war, those today pay the price, for the future.
Like in war, those today pay the price, for the future. LastLaugh2
  • Score: 1

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