4,000 new homes and 2,100 new jobs for Castle Point

Echo: Shape of things to come? Councillors Pam Challis and Norman Smith with the plans Shape of things to come? Councillors Pam Challis and Norman Smith with the plans

DRAFT proposals to change the face of Castle Point, providing thousands of new homes and jobs, have been unveiled.

After two years of deliberation, Castle Point Council has finally released its draft New Local Plan setting out where 4,000 homes will be built between 2015 and 2031.

It identifies 13 key sites for development, with around half of the homes to be built on green belt land.

Each development would be phased, with an average 200 homes built a year.

A masterplan would also be designed for each area to include space for woodland and parks.

Councillors hope the plan will pave the way for 2,100 jobs, by providing 11,000sq m of retail space in Canvey and Hadleigh town centres, and 10,000sqm of industrial space in West Canvey and Thundersley.

Major highway improvements to support the changes have also been put forward.

Pam Challis, leader of Castle Point Council, said: “Throughout this process we have tried to protect the green belt as much as we can and investigated all the brownfield sites to preserve as much of our precious green belt as possible.

“Considerable research has been undertaken to ensure the green open spaces between our towns are retained and, where possible, new landscaping will be required as part of the proposed development’’.

She added: “We have included at least 32 hectares of additional open space provision in the plan, along with a new indoor bowls facility and publicly-accessible sports hall, while retaining and protecting 2,533 hectares of green belt land.

“Only 4 per cent of our green belt is being released.

“It is important for us, as a responsible council, to build homes for young people looking to stay within the borough and create new jobs.”

A new primary school in south Benfleet, a new school building for Hadleigh Junior School and a care home on Canvey are also planned. Without the plan, councillors fear the Government inspector could intervene, meaning the borough could be faced with up to 7,000 new homes.

Norman Smith, Conservative councillor responsible for economic development, said: “Doing nothing is not an option.

“By taking charge of this issue now we can control where development occurs and benefit the community as a whole.”

Councillors will decide at a meeting next Wednesday whether or not to send the blueprint out to public consultation.

If they agree, the six-week consultation will take place between January 24 and March 21, before a final decision is made.

Jeffrey Stanley, deputy leader of the council said: “It is important to remember that in publishing this plan it is not a done deal and that everyone in the borough will have a chance to have their say.

“It has been a long process and we know people are frightened of new housebuilding, but this will remove the uncertainty of where it will go.’’ He added: “I think we should challenge the people who say this is controversial and think of this as a new home for the borough, away from uncertainty.”

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6:22am Mon 13 Jan 14

LastLaugh2 says...

Now that's one heck of a lot of Tarmac, job for life.
Now that's one heck of a lot of Tarmac, job for life. LastLaugh2

6:36am Mon 13 Jan 14

Eric the Red says...

I read it as over-population, loss of green belt, more road congestion..........
........and when they've built them, they'll be back for another bite of the cherry.
I read it as over-population, loss of green belt, more road congestion.......... ........and when they've built them, they'll be back for another bite of the cherry. Eric the Red

6:40am Mon 13 Jan 14

Nowthatsworthknowing says...

You've gotto laff, anywhere there's a field has the potential to become an estate
You've gotto laff, anywhere there's a field has the potential to become an estate Nowthatsworthknowing

7:16am Mon 13 Jan 14

Nebs says...

4,000 new homes and 2,100 new jobs equals an extra 1,900 unemployed people in the area.
4,000 new homes and 2,100 new jobs equals an extra 1,900 unemployed people in the area. Nebs

8:06am Mon 13 Jan 14

pembury53 says...

Nebs wrote:
4,000 new homes and 2,100 new jobs equals an extra 1,900 unemployed people in the area.
if they're mostly unemployed it may not be such a bad thing........... think of that commute every day when this lot goes in !
[quote][p][bold]Nebs[/bold] wrote: 4,000 new homes and 2,100 new jobs equals an extra 1,900 unemployed people in the area.[/p][/quote]if they're mostly unemployed it may not be such a bad thing........... think of that commute every day when this lot goes in ! pembury53

9:34am Mon 13 Jan 14

johanuk says...

4000 MORE homes squeezed into this corner of Essex?? If so, the road network MUST be improved, it is so congested. Widen the A127 to 3 lanes for a start!! Essex County Council seem reluctant to invest in roads, Essex is still without a motorway (i don't include M11 as it serves Stansted) The 45 years i have been driving, the roads are almost the same, Kent is much better served!
4000 MORE homes squeezed into this corner of Essex?? If so, the road network MUST be improved, it is so congested. Widen the A127 to 3 lanes for a start!! Essex County Council seem reluctant to invest in roads, Essex is still without a motorway (i don't include M11 as it serves Stansted) The 45 years i have been driving, the roads are almost the same, Kent is much better served! johanuk

11:13am Mon 13 Jan 14

Bernard Fatsack says...

hence Deanes shutting
hence Deanes shutting Bernard Fatsack

2:11pm Mon 13 Jan 14

lillie1967 says...

Throughout this process we have tried to protect the green belt as much as we can and investigated all the brownfield sites to preserve as much of our precious green belt as possible. / quote/ - yeah right, i thought green belt was protected end of....what's the point of green belt at all then if you are going to nibble bits off continuously? Just a free for all for the developers and a nice brown envelope fest for the councillors...nice if you can get it...all the immigrants will take the so called 'affordable housing' (which they never actually build) and so it goes on...they will not be happy until EVERY field and every green space is concreted over. As for the A127 being three lanes, not in a million years....because they won't be able toi build more of the monstrosities like the mammoth 'warehouse' thing being built near Bas/Wickford turn off taking all the sunlight and built on a nice green field.....they only want to build on fields coz its nice and virgin, no cleaning up to do and pay for and they can get going straight away....I hate this government and council...they just line their own pockets re: housing, roads etc.....greedy barstewards...VOTE UKIP
Throughout this process we have tried to protect the green belt as much as we can and investigated all the brownfield sites to preserve as much of our precious green belt as possible. / quote/ - yeah right, i thought green belt was protected end of....what's the point of green belt at all then if you are going to nibble bits off continuously? Just a free for all for the developers and a nice brown envelope fest for the councillors...nice if you can get it...all the immigrants will take the so called 'affordable housing' (which they never actually build) and so it goes on...they will not be happy until EVERY field and every green space is concreted over. As for the A127 being three lanes, not in a million years....because they won't be able toi build more of the monstrosities like the mammoth 'warehouse' thing being built near Bas/Wickford turn off taking all the sunlight and built on a nice green field.....they only want to build on fields coz its nice and virgin, no cleaning up to do and pay for and they can get going straight away....I hate this government and council...they just line their own pockets re: housing, roads etc.....greedy barstewards...VOTE UKIP lillie1967

2:56pm Mon 13 Jan 14

pembury53 says...

lillie1967 wrote:
Throughout this process we have tried to protect the green belt as much as we can and investigated all the brownfield sites to preserve as much of our precious green belt as possible. / quote/ - yeah right, i thought green belt was protected end of....what's the point of green belt at all then if you are going to nibble bits off continuously? Just a free for all for the developers and a nice brown envelope fest for the councillors...nice if you can get it...all the immigrants will take the so called 'affordable housing' (which they never actually build) and so it goes on...they will not be happy until EVERY field and every green space is concreted over. As for the A127 being three lanes, not in a million years....because they won't be able toi build more of the monstrosities like the mammoth 'warehouse' thing being built near Bas/Wickford turn off taking all the sunlight and built on a nice green field.....they only want to build on fields coz its nice and virgin, no cleaning up to do and pay for and they can get going straight away....I hate this government and council...they just line their own pockets re: housing, roads etc.....greedy barstewards...VOTE UKIP
green belt is not protected, it's just a 'label' given to certain areas not yet developed....... the depressing reality is that all of it will eventually be built on, due to the relentless rise in the population and unless that is stopped development just goes on and on and has years of catching up to do without even considering mass immigration and the soaring birth rates that is causing..... get prepared for 100's of thousands of houses and unbelievable over crowding....... the only 'protected' bits are parks, areas designated as outstanding natural beauty or SSI's....... in other words almost nothing
[quote][p][bold]lillie1967[/bold] wrote: Throughout this process we have tried to protect the green belt as much as we can and investigated all the brownfield sites to preserve as much of our precious green belt as possible. / quote/ - yeah right, i thought green belt was protected end of....what's the point of green belt at all then if you are going to nibble bits off continuously? Just a free for all for the developers and a nice brown envelope fest for the councillors...nice if you can get it...all the immigrants will take the so called 'affordable housing' (which they never actually build) and so it goes on...they will not be happy until EVERY field and every green space is concreted over. As for the A127 being three lanes, not in a million years....because they won't be able toi build more of the monstrosities like the mammoth 'warehouse' thing being built near Bas/Wickford turn off taking all the sunlight and built on a nice green field.....they only want to build on fields coz its nice and virgin, no cleaning up to do and pay for and they can get going straight away....I hate this government and council...they just line their own pockets re: housing, roads etc.....greedy barstewards...VOTE UKIP[/p][/quote]green belt is not protected, it's just a 'label' given to certain areas not yet developed....... the depressing reality is that all of it will eventually be built on, due to the relentless rise in the population and unless that is stopped development just goes on and on and has years of catching up to do without even considering mass immigration and the soaring birth rates that is causing..... get prepared for 100's of thousands of houses and unbelievable over crowding....... the only 'protected' bits are parks, areas designated as outstanding natural beauty or SSI's....... in other words almost nothing pembury53

4:29pm Mon 13 Jan 14

Living the La Vida Legra says...

Eric the Red wrote:
I read it as over-population, loss of green belt, more road congestion..........

........and when they've built them, they'll be back for another bite of the cherry.
You didn't read the story then?
[quote][p][bold]Eric the Red[/bold] wrote: I read it as over-population, loss of green belt, more road congestion.......... ........and when they've built them, they'll be back for another bite of the cherry.[/p][/quote]You didn't read the story then? Living the La Vida Legra

4:37pm Mon 13 Jan 14

jolllyboy says...

Time to move north........
Time to move north........ jolllyboy

5:46pm Mon 13 Jan 14

Kim Gandy says...

“It is important for us, as a responsible council, to build homes for young people looking to stay within the borough and create new jobs.”

Build homes for whom? Create jobs for whom? Local people? Pull the other one! Basildon Council could write a book on how NOT to do that. We don't have to look far for the answer to that question, do we.. As for only using 4 percent of the green belt, where's the evidence for that? How do they quantify it?

The only beneficiaries will be the Old Boy Network.

As for the increased pressure on the road network, expect to see the miles and miles of cones reappear at Sadlers Farm some time soon.

Just another jamboree for the brown envelope brigade and their chums.
“It is important for us, as a responsible council, to build homes for young people looking to stay within the borough and create new jobs.” Build homes for whom? Create jobs for whom? Local people? Pull the other one! Basildon Council could write a book on how NOT to do that. We don't have to look far for the answer to that question, do we.. As for only using 4 percent of the green belt, where's the evidence for that? How do they quantify it? The only beneficiaries will be the Old Boy Network. As for the increased pressure on the road network, expect to see the miles and miles of cones reappear at Sadlers Farm some time soon. Just another jamboree for the brown envelope brigade and their chums. Kim Gandy

5:49pm Mon 13 Jan 14

Kim Gandy says...

I was generalising about Basildon Council by the way before somebody jumps down my throat. I realise Canvey is Castle Point.
I was generalising about Basildon Council by the way before somebody jumps down my throat. I realise Canvey is Castle Point. Kim Gandy

6:34pm Mon 13 Jan 14

pembury53 says...

jolllyboy wrote:
Time to move north........
it's full of northeners........ i don't know if that's worse than the 4 hour commute to look forward to.....
[quote][p][bold]jolllyboy[/bold] wrote: Time to move north........[/p][/quote]it's full of northeners........ i don't know if that's worse than the 4 hour commute to look forward to..... pembury53

10:43pm Mon 13 Jan 14

Lauqhlast. says...

Kim Gandy wrote:
“It is important for us, as a responsible council, to build homes for young people looking to stay within the borough and create new jobs.”

Build homes for whom? Create jobs for whom? Local people? Pull the other one! Basildon Council could write a book on how NOT to do that. We don't have to look far for the answer to that question, do we.. As for only using 4 percent of the green belt, where's the evidence for that? How do they quantify it?

The only beneficiaries will be the Old Boy Network.

As for the increased pressure on the road network, expect to see the miles and miles of cones reappear at Sadlers Farm some time soon.

Just another jamboree for the brown envelope brigade and their chums.
Perhaps they want all people born in Basildon to leave so those born outside of it can move there...northerners and the like?

Im not sure I'd be in favour of that..
[quote][p][bold]Kim Gandy[/bold] wrote: “It is important for us, as a responsible council, to build homes for young people looking to stay within the borough and create new jobs.” Build homes for whom? Create jobs for whom? Local people? Pull the other one! Basildon Council could write a book on how NOT to do that. We don't have to look far for the answer to that question, do we.. As for only using 4 percent of the green belt, where's the evidence for that? How do they quantify it? The only beneficiaries will be the Old Boy Network. As for the increased pressure on the road network, expect to see the miles and miles of cones reappear at Sadlers Farm some time soon. Just another jamboree for the brown envelope brigade and their chums.[/p][/quote]Perhaps they want all people born in Basildon to leave so those born outside of it can move there...northerners and the like? Im not sure I'd be in favour of that.. Lauqhlast.

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