A 99-home mini-village could be built on the green belt in Billericay after fresh plans were submitted by a developer. 

Yorkshire-based developers David Wilson Homes is eyeing up land off Southend Road, for a new project to create “high-quality and energy-efficient” homes.

If approved, proposals will see 99 houses being built, of which 36 have been labelled “affordable”, on land on the eastern edge of Coxes Farm Road.

However, the site is located within the borough’s green belt boundary, which Phil Turner, Billericay West ward Conservative councillor says “will be unwelcomed”.

Echo: Aerial - view of the planned siteAerial - view of the planned site (Image: Google Maps)He said: “This project will not come without controversy.

“The area of land it’s hoped to be built on is green belt and with that, we’re not prepared to give it away for 99 houses.

“However, there’s brownfield sites in Basildon borough, and we certainly prioritise that.

“David Wilson is going to have to win over the community.”

The mix of one to five-bedroom houses plans, put into Basildon Council last week, will also see all properties have dedicated EV charging points.

A new north-south pedestrian and cycle link to improve options for safe and active travel across South Green and through to St Peter’s School will also be created.

Mr Tuner added: “On the other hand, it’s great news because David Wilson is a great builder who provide high-quality and energy-efficient homes.

“With 36 of them being affordable, they’re considering the borough’s aim to have more housing like this available.”

The planning application comes “nearly ten years” after the developer initially launched a consultation with residents and stakeholders over homes on the site. 

Echo: CGI - planned David WIlson Homes development in South Green, BillericayCGI - planned David WIlson Homes development in South Green, Billericay (Image: David Wilson Homes)

A spokesman for David Wilson Homes said they hope their project will bring “connectivity improvements and improve safety” in South Green.

They added since the initial consultation, the design has undergone “a journey of evolution in response to continual feedback from the community” and are even more committed to working with them to deliver “the best development.”