Homes battle of Basildon and Billericay as Basildon Council decide Local Plan

The North-South divide isn't just in England, it's in Basildon!

“Dumped on” – residents fighting the spectre of 135 new homes at Ballards Walk, Basildon

Residents – upset at plans off Outwood Common Road

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THERE’S no denying it, Basildon is getting bigger.

As the demand for housing continues to grow, and the next generation is itching to finally get on the housing ladder as the economy turns, it’s clear the UK needs more homes.

The borough of Basildon is no exception.

Whether it be due to the ageing population, more commuters choosing a cheaper option to London, or the burgeoning industrial sector attracting more workers, there is a clear housing shortage.

For years the towns of Basildon and Laindon have felt the brunt of development.

Now as Basildon Council’s local plan outlines a vision for 12,500 houses, spread evenly across the borough – the majority on green belt – rural communities and small towns are now also under threat.

Terry Latchford, of Ballards Walk, Lee Chapel North, says it’s about time the pain was shared.

After living behind a park for 45 years, he will now lose it to 135 homes after Basildon Council agreed a £7.5million sale of the land.

The cash will help the authority pay for the £38million Basildon Sporting Village.

Mr Latchford, 74, said: “If we have to put up with this, why shouldn’t Billericay residents?

“They will build on anything in Basildon – look what they have done at Gloucester Park.

“They are building on half of that, but you wouldn’t get them building in Lake Meadows in Billericay. Everyone in Basildon thinks there’s a north-south divide.

“Billericay residents say they don’t want to become another Basildon, so why do they use our facilities?

“It’s good enough for them when they want to use our swimming pool. They are Basildon when it suits them.”

He added: “They are turning this area into a concrete jungle of Basildon. I have lived here since 1968 and they are gradually chipping away at it.

“They have built in Markhams Chase as well and everything is getting congested.

“Our road is not safe and there’s no infrastructure. If you get 135 four-bedroom houses, that’s another 200 cars coming out at one turning on to Ballards Walk.

“Let alone the fact children can’t play anywhere any more.”

Meanwhile, in Billericay, hundreds of angry residents stormed council meetings in a fight against turning their greenbelt into housing estates.

They also don’t want their town to be swallowed up by more housing. Mike Andrews, of Outwood Farm Road, Billericay, said: “Billericay is characterised by being a historic place which sits in green surroundings and has several Sites of Special Scientific Interest.

“To simply dump huge housing estates on it – you have to ask if that is appropriate. It will have an effect on these characteristics and also others.

“High Street is a traffic bottleneck already and somewhere like fields near Outwood Common Road, where they want to build 430 houses, has narrow roads and no footpaths connecting the area to shops.

“We share the concerns of anyone having their environment radically changed.

“Residents against this aren’t just saying we don’t want it here – put it somewhere else.

“We are not against housing, but it should be intelligently programmed growth in areas where growth makes sense.”

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9:26am Fri 28 Mar 14

Vange Resident says...

I don’t want the natural beauty around me spoiled for my future or for my kids but we need more housing, with the fast train lines into the city and with Southend airport plus the fact we are so close to the seaside Essex (Basildon & Billericay) is beginning to attract more and more people, something we should embrace as it will bring in more businesses and money providing future employment for the people in the area. That said I don’t want my views spoiled, I don’t want more traffic or pollution….. So what do we do? We build more Homes and improve the infrastructure and unfortunately people like me will have to move away to another community that is quiet with unspoiled views.
I don’t want the natural beauty around me spoiled for my future or for my kids but we need more housing, with the fast train lines into the city and with Southend airport plus the fact we are so close to the seaside Essex (Basildon & Billericay) is beginning to attract more and more people, something we should embrace as it will bring in more businesses and money providing future employment for the people in the area. That said I don’t want my views spoiled, I don’t want more traffic or pollution….. So what do we do? We build more Homes and improve the infrastructure and unfortunately people like me will have to move away to another community that is quiet with unspoiled views. Vange Resident
  • Score: 1

9:44am Fri 28 Mar 14

Kim Gandy says...

What we do is cut back on mass uncontrolled immigration. Our own population is growing enough, without augmenting it with more immigrants.

Basildon homes for Basildon people.
What we do is cut back on mass uncontrolled immigration. Our own population is growing enough, without augmenting it with more immigrants. Basildon homes for Basildon people. Kim Gandy
  • Score: 6

10:09am Fri 28 Mar 14

Howard Cháse says...

About time a new generation of New Towns were built. Plenty of wide open green space available elsewhere
About time a new generation of New Towns were built. Plenty of wide open green space available elsewhere Howard Cháse
  • Score: 8

10:23am Fri 28 Mar 14

Stamper2 says...

Why don't they build in West Horndon? No-one lives on one side of the railway line, and you have a railway station completely underused as a result. All of Essex's housing needs could be built there, taking the pressure of green belt elsewhere.

Or is this just too obvious?
Why don't they build in West Horndon? No-one lives on one side of the railway line, and you have a railway station completely underused as a result. All of Essex's housing needs could be built there, taking the pressure of green belt elsewhere. Or is this just too obvious? Stamper2
  • Score: 29

10:30am Fri 28 Mar 14

Richy don't shine shoes no more says...

Kim Gandy wrote:
What we do is cut back on mass uncontrolled immigration. Our own population is growing enough, without augmenting it with more immigrants. Basildon homes for Basildon people.
You really are a card
[quote][p][bold]Kim Gandy[/bold] wrote: What we do is cut back on mass uncontrolled immigration. Our own population is growing enough, without augmenting it with more immigrants. Basildon homes for Basildon people.[/p][/quote]You really are a card Richy don't shine shoes no more
  • Score: -5

12:19pm Fri 28 Mar 14

Abington86 says...

Kim Gandy wrote:
What we do is cut back on mass uncontrolled immigration. Our own population is growing enough, without augmenting it with more immigrants. Basildon homes for Basildon people.
How utterly unexpected from Miss Gandy.
[quote][p][bold]Kim Gandy[/bold] wrote: What we do is cut back on mass uncontrolled immigration. Our own population is growing enough, without augmenting it with more immigrants. Basildon homes for Basildon people.[/p][/quote]How utterly unexpected from Miss Gandy. Abington86
  • Score: -1

12:43pm Fri 28 Mar 14

Happy Chickie says...

Kim Gandy wrote:
What we do is cut back on mass uncontrolled immigration. Our own population is growing enough, without augmenting it with more immigrants.

Basildon homes for Basildon people.
You demented old shrew!
[quote][p][bold]Kim Gandy[/bold] wrote: What we do is cut back on mass uncontrolled immigration. Our own population is growing enough, without augmenting it with more immigrants. Basildon homes for Basildon people.[/p][/quote]You demented old shrew! Happy Chickie
  • Score: -8

4:52pm Fri 28 Mar 14

Howard Cháse says...

We were told in the last report in this newspaper about the sale of this parcel of land that the Sporting Village would finally be paid for. Would Basildon Council Communications like to confirm this?
We were told in the last report in this newspaper about the sale of this parcel of land that the Sporting Village would finally be paid for. Would Basildon Council Communications like to confirm this? Howard Cháse
  • Score: 4

9:48pm Fri 28 Mar 14

Black Crow says...

Howard Cháse wrote:
We were told in the last report in this newspaper about the sale of this parcel of land that the Sporting Village would finally be paid for. Would Basildon Council Communications like to confirm this?
11-9-2009 £5,333,344.04.
12-11-2009 £ 704,464.92.
10-12-2009 £1,087,015.43.
4-1-2010 £1,483,268.85.
4-2-2010 £1,408,480.22.
4-3-2010 £2,161,013.12.
9-4-2010 £2,531,363.72.
10-5-2010 £2,777,610.75.
9-6-2010 £2,462,320.00
9-7-2010 £2,289,337.17.
6-8-2010 £2,487,692.68.
14-9-2010 £2,657,496.89.
8-10-2010 £2,247,295.72.
5-11-2010 £2,098,106.09.
9-12-2010 £3,162,266.51.
12-1-2011 £1,886,624.18.
10-2-2011 £1,587,530.76.
15-3-2011 £1,768,803.10.
18-4-2011 £ 806,455.48.
16-5-2011 £ 487,792.80.
8-6-2011 £ 25,709.70.
14-7-2011 £ 193,999.99.
25-8-2011 £ 34,540.16.
25-9-2011 £ 32,623.72.
22-2-2012 £ 13,570.25
£41,728,726.25 Total
[quote][p][bold]Howard Cháse[/bold] wrote: We were told in the last report in this newspaper about the sale of this parcel of land that the Sporting Village would finally be paid for. Would Basildon Council Communications like to confirm this?[/p][/quote]11-9-2009 £5,333,344.04. 12-11-2009 £ 704,464.92. 10-12-2009 £1,087,015.43. 4-1-2010 £1,483,268.85. 4-2-2010 £1,408,480.22. 4-3-2010 £2,161,013.12. 9-4-2010 £2,531,363.72. 10-5-2010 £2,777,610.75. 9-6-2010 £2,462,320.00 9-7-2010 £2,289,337.17. 6-8-2010 £2,487,692.68. 14-9-2010 £2,657,496.89. 8-10-2010 £2,247,295.72. 5-11-2010 £2,098,106.09. 9-12-2010 £3,162,266.51. 12-1-2011 £1,886,624.18. 10-2-2011 £1,587,530.76. 15-3-2011 £1,768,803.10. 18-4-2011 £ 806,455.48. 16-5-2011 £ 487,792.80. 8-6-2011 £ 25,709.70. 14-7-2011 £ 193,999.99. 25-8-2011 £ 34,540.16. 25-9-2011 £ 32,623.72. 22-2-2012 £ 13,570.25 £41,728,726.25 Total Black Crow
  • Score: 4

10:20am Sat 29 Mar 14

Howard Cháse says...

Black Crow wrote:
Howard Cháse wrote:
We were told in the last report in this newspaper about the sale of this parcel of land that the Sporting Village would finally be paid for. Would Basildon Council Communications like to confirm this?
11-9-2009 £5,333,344.04.
12-11-2009 £ 704,464.92.
10-12-2009 £1,087,015.43.
4-1-2010 £1,483,268.85.
4-2-2010 £1,408,480.22.
4-3-2010 £2,161,013.12.
9-4-2010 £2,531,363.72.
10-5-2010 £2,777,610.75.
9-6-2010 £2,462,320.00
9-7-2010 £2,289,337.17.
6-8-2010 £2,487,692.68.
14-9-2010 £2,657,496.89.
8-10-2010 £2,247,295.72.
5-11-2010 £2,098,106.09.
9-12-2010 £3,162,266.51.
12-1-2011 £1,886,624.18.
10-2-2011 £1,587,530.76.
15-3-2011 £1,768,803.10.
18-4-2011 £ 806,455.48.
16-5-2011 £ 487,792.80.
8-6-2011 £ 25,709.70.
14-7-2011 £ 193,999.99.
25-8-2011 £ 34,540.16.
25-9-2011 £ 32,623.72.
22-2-2012 £ 13,570.25
£41,728,726.25 Total
Bargain!!!!!
[quote][p][bold]Black Crow[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Howard Cháse[/bold] wrote: We were told in the last report in this newspaper about the sale of this parcel of land that the Sporting Village would finally be paid for. Would Basildon Council Communications like to confirm this?[/p][/quote]11-9-2009 £5,333,344.04. 12-11-2009 £ 704,464.92. 10-12-2009 £1,087,015.43. 4-1-2010 £1,483,268.85. 4-2-2010 £1,408,480.22. 4-3-2010 £2,161,013.12. 9-4-2010 £2,531,363.72. 10-5-2010 £2,777,610.75. 9-6-2010 £2,462,320.00 9-7-2010 £2,289,337.17. 6-8-2010 £2,487,692.68. 14-9-2010 £2,657,496.89. 8-10-2010 £2,247,295.72. 5-11-2010 £2,098,106.09. 9-12-2010 £3,162,266.51. 12-1-2011 £1,886,624.18. 10-2-2011 £1,587,530.76. 15-3-2011 £1,768,803.10. 18-4-2011 £ 806,455.48. 16-5-2011 £ 487,792.80. 8-6-2011 £ 25,709.70. 14-7-2011 £ 193,999.99. 25-8-2011 £ 34,540.16. 25-9-2011 £ 32,623.72. 22-2-2012 £ 13,570.25 £41,728,726.25 Total[/p][/quote]Bargain!!!!! Howard Cháse
  • Score: 2

11:34am Sat 29 Mar 14

ThisYear says...

Kim Gandy wrote:
What we do is cut back on mass uncontrolled immigration. Our own population is growing enough, without augmenting it with more immigrants.

Basildon homes for Basildon people.
Perhaps you feel cutting back on the people who come from outside of the county might help to? Its all very similar after all.
[quote][p][bold]Kim Gandy[/bold] wrote: What we do is cut back on mass uncontrolled immigration. Our own population is growing enough, without augmenting it with more immigrants. Basildon homes for Basildon people.[/p][/quote]Perhaps you feel cutting back on the people who come from outside of the county might help to? Its all very similar after all. ThisYear
  • Score: -1

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