EXCLUSIVE: Plans to create 220-home estate in Wickford revealed

Southend Standard: Wickford Action Group and Ukip candidate David Harrison at the site Wickford Action Group and Ukip candidate David Harrison at the site

Developers have set their sights on building a new 220- home estate in Wickford, the Echo can reveal.

A leaked document shows housebuilder Crest Nicholson has bought land the size of 28 football pitches in West Wickford, south of London Road.

The developers have slated Basildon Council’s local plan, which has earmarked four sites in Wickford for 2,800 homes, calling them unsuitable.

They have raised doubts over the Tory administration’s preferred western site, claiming it is beset by problems and would be hard to deliver. The firm has asked for its area to be included instead.

While Crest Nicholson has not yet submitted a planning application for the site, campaigners fear one is on the horizon.

David Harrison, vice chairman of Wickford Action Group, said: “Now that Basildon Council has said that much of the green belt around Wickford is OK for development, the vultures are gathering.

“This appears to be a developer who has been left in the cold by Basildon Council, so is now getting its shots in early.

Mr Harrison, who is also representing Ukip in the forthcoming Wickford by-election, added "Wickford cannot cope with all this proposed housing.”

Basildon Council has already dismissed the proposed development on Bell Farm in its local plan, bulding on land between Tudor Way, The Chase, and Ramsden View Road.

It said it was not suitable as it could mean Wickford gets too close to Crays Hill.

The detailed designs show 220 homes could be built there, including two access roads off London Road, including a new health centre, and a recreation ground.

A park would be created in the middle of the estate, while footpaths to the east will link into the Chase and local schools.

Letters are being sent out to residents advertising an exhibition at the Wickford Community Association Hall, in Market Road, between 3pm and 8.30pm, on Wednesday.

The developer said the first 100 homes could be built by 2016 – but campaigners fear that in an absence of a local plan being rubber stamped, it could mean five major housing developments are built in Wickford.

A spokesman for Crest Nicholson said: “The working draft brochure has been produced to support our planning representations that will be submitted in response to Basildon’s draft Local Plan Core Strategy consultation – deadline March 18. This will be finalised following feedback from our consultation event on March 12.

“We will not be submitting a planning application imminently and will be promoting the site through Basildon’s emerging Local Plan process.

“Crest and the consultant team will be available on March 12 to answer any queries.”

 

Southend Standard:

 

Why Crest thinks existing sites are wrong

 

THE developer behind Bell Farm has criticised the four Wickford sites in line to be developed to bring 2,800 homes to the area.

In Crest Nicholson’s report, it claims:

- North east Wickford, earmarked for 150 homes along the A130 should be discounted because it is next to sewage works, falls within a flood risk area, and could lead to congestionon the A129 roundabout.

- South Wickford, earmarkedb for 760 homes, is susceptible to flooding and will bring Basildon closer to Wickford.

- West Wickford, earmarked for 220 homes north of London Road, is the least suitable choice out of the four. The developer claims there is no suitable land to build an access road, it does not have the space to deliver all the houses proposed there, it isb covered in protected trees, and it is in the River Crouch’s flood plain.

- North-west Wickford, earmarked for 620 homes, will have traffic impact on the junctions with Runwell Road and the A132, has a large amount of protected trees, and half the site is classed as “open space” in the council’s 1998 local plan.

Basildon Council did not answer the Echo’s questions on Crest Nicholson’s take on its local plan.

Richard Moore, Tory cabinet member for planning, said: "Crest Nicholson is entitled to run public consultations on any matters should it wish but this is being run by a private housebuilder, not Basildon Council.”

 

Developer claims whole town will benefit

Crest Nicholson claims developing Bell Farm will bring several benefits to Wickford.
In its planning document, it said the estate will include a health centre and massive recreation ground to the west of the site.

This could include sports facilities.

Details would be worked out later down the line if a planning application is brought forward.

The document said: “The council’s evidence shows there is a need for a health centre to
the western side of Wickford.

“The proposals allow for a health centre large enough to accommodate three GPs although the centre is flexible enough to allow other uses
such as dentists.”

 

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7:34am Fri 7 Mar 14

carnmountyouknowitmakessense says...

SHALL WE HAVE ONE STORY FOR ALL THE NEW BUILDS, OR SHALL WE BE TREATED, EACH DAY TO THIS FRAGMENTED COLLECTION OF NEW BUILD PROJECTS
SHALL WE HAVE ONE STORY FOR ALL THE NEW BUILDS, OR SHALL WE BE TREATED, EACH DAY TO THIS FRAGMENTED COLLECTION OF NEW BUILD PROJECTS carnmountyouknowitmakessense
  • Score: 1

7:41am Fri 7 Mar 14

Howard Cháse says...

Waiting for the big news about the Council swallowing up land in Billericay to build houses.
Waiting for the big news about the Council swallowing up land in Billericay to build houses. Howard Cháse
  • Score: 0

8:04am Fri 7 Mar 14

pembury53 says...

carnmountyouknowitma
kessense
wrote:
SHALL WE HAVE ONE STORY FOR ALL THE NEW BUILDS, OR SHALL WE BE TREATED, EACH DAY TO THIS FRAGMENTED COLLECTION OF NEW BUILD PROJECTS
maybe its 'shock and awe' tactics..... but once the building begins, in earnest, there'll be plenty of shock, but i suspect not so much awe.....
[quote][p][bold]carnmountyouknowitma kessense[/bold] wrote: SHALL WE HAVE ONE STORY FOR ALL THE NEW BUILDS, OR SHALL WE BE TREATED, EACH DAY TO THIS FRAGMENTED COLLECTION OF NEW BUILD PROJECTS[/p][/quote]maybe its 'shock and awe' tactics..... but once the building begins, in earnest, there'll be plenty of shock, but i suspect not so much awe..... pembury53
  • Score: 1

10:18am Fri 7 Mar 14

ThisYear says...

I wonder if people are now thinking "aha, thats why they wanted that piece of land down the end of Oak Rd"...they were seemingly unaware that previous administrations had caused it to be contaminated....not much use to selling to developers now..eh Mr Ball.
I wonder if people are now thinking "aha, thats why they wanted that piece of land down the end of Oak Rd"...they were seemingly unaware that previous administrations had caused it to be contaminated....not much use to selling to developers now..eh Mr Ball. ThisYear
  • Score: 0

12:49pm Fri 7 Mar 14

TheWizzard says...

Howard Cháse wrote:
Waiting for the big news about the Council swallowing up land in Billericay to build houses.
Don't hold your breath, i believe any development in Billericay is 'defered'
[quote][p][bold]Howard Cháse[/bold] wrote: Waiting for the big news about the Council swallowing up land in Billericay to build houses.[/p][/quote]Don't hold your breath, i believe any development in Billericay is 'defered' TheWizzard
  • Score: 0

1:06pm Fri 7 Mar 14

Kim Gandy says...

ThisYear wrote:
I wonder if people are now thinking "aha, thats why they wanted that piece of land down the end of Oak Rd"...they were seemingly unaware that previous administrations had caused it to be contaminated....not much use to selling to developers now..eh Mr Ball.
previous administrations caused it to be contaminated... does that include the previous Labour administration too?

So the Basildon councillors all turned up there one day and poured pollutants into the ditches did they? They emptied their scrap metal, burnt out caravans and cars and left a trail of rubbish everywhere.

Tell me, do you have the photographic evidence showing them in the act of doing it?

Because I cannot for the life of me imagine how these "administrations" managed to spend so much time down Oak Lane polluting the environment.

Next daft comment below please... so we can all have a laugh. On second thoughts I have better things to do, like cleaning my U bend with a toothbrush.
[quote][p][bold]ThisYear[/bold] wrote: I wonder if people are now thinking "aha, thats why they wanted that piece of land down the end of Oak Rd"...they were seemingly unaware that previous administrations had caused it to be contaminated....not much use to selling to developers now..eh Mr Ball.[/p][/quote]previous administrations caused it to be contaminated... does that include the previous Labour administration too? So the Basildon councillors all turned up there one day and poured pollutants into the ditches did they? They emptied their scrap metal, burnt out caravans and cars and left a trail of rubbish everywhere. Tell me, do you have the photographic evidence showing them in the act of doing it? Because I cannot for the life of me imagine how these "administrations" managed to spend so much time down Oak Lane polluting the environment. Next daft comment below please... so we can all have a laugh. On second thoughts I have better things to do, like cleaning my U bend with a toothbrush. Kim Gandy
  • Score: 0

1:07pm Fri 7 Mar 14

Kim Gandy says...

ThisYear wrote:
I wonder if people are now thinking "aha, thats why they wanted that piece of land down the end of Oak Rd"...they were seemingly unaware that previous administrations had caused it to be contaminated....not much use to selling to developers now..eh Mr Ball.
....and you are so concerned about all of this that of course, you attend every single Basildon Council meeting don't you? Regular contributor.

Not.

It might mean revealing your true identity and that would never do would it?
[quote][p][bold]ThisYear[/bold] wrote: I wonder if people are now thinking "aha, thats why they wanted that piece of land down the end of Oak Rd"...they were seemingly unaware that previous administrations had caused it to be contaminated....not much use to selling to developers now..eh Mr Ball.[/p][/quote]....and you are so concerned about all of this that of course, you attend every single Basildon Council meeting don't you? Regular contributor. Not. It might mean revealing your true identity and that would never do would it? Kim Gandy
  • Score: -5

3:56pm Fri 7 Mar 14

Living the La Vida Legra says...

It's just an advert for the builders
It's just an advert for the builders Living the La Vida Legra
  • Score: 0

4:56pm Fri 7 Mar 14

ThisYear says...

Kim Gandy wrote:
ThisYear wrote:
I wonder if people are now thinking "aha, thats why they wanted that piece of land down the end of Oak Rd"...they were seemingly unaware that previous administrations had caused it to be contaminated....not much use to selling to developers now..eh Mr Ball.
previous administrations caused it to be contaminated... does that include the previous Labour administration too?

So the Basildon councillors all turned up there one day and poured pollutants into the ditches did they? They emptied their scrap metal, burnt out caravans and cars and left a trail of rubbish everywhere.

Tell me, do you have the photographic evidence showing them in the act of doing it?

Because I cannot for the life of me imagine how these "administrations" managed to spend so much time down Oak Lane polluting the environment.

Next daft comment below please... so we can all have a laugh. On second thoughts I have better things to do, like cleaning my U bend with a toothbrush.
Oh you poor soul...it must be dreadful..
[quote][p][bold]Kim Gandy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ThisYear[/bold] wrote: I wonder if people are now thinking "aha, thats why they wanted that piece of land down the end of Oak Rd"...they were seemingly unaware that previous administrations had caused it to be contaminated....not much use to selling to developers now..eh Mr Ball.[/p][/quote]previous administrations caused it to be contaminated... does that include the previous Labour administration too? So the Basildon councillors all turned up there one day and poured pollutants into the ditches did they? They emptied their scrap metal, burnt out caravans and cars and left a trail of rubbish everywhere. Tell me, do you have the photographic evidence showing them in the act of doing it? Because I cannot for the life of me imagine how these "administrations" managed to spend so much time down Oak Lane polluting the environment. Next daft comment below please... so we can all have a laugh. On second thoughts I have better things to do, like cleaning my U bend with a toothbrush.[/p][/quote]Oh you poor soul...it must be dreadful.. ThisYear
  • Score: 1

4:58pm Fri 7 Mar 14

ThisYear says...

Kim Gandy wrote:
ThisYear wrote:
I wonder if people are now thinking "aha, thats why they wanted that piece of land down the end of Oak Rd"...they were seemingly unaware that previous administrations had caused it to be contaminated....not much use to selling to developers now..eh Mr Ball.
....and you are so concerned about all of this that of course, you attend every single Basildon Council meeting don't you? Regular contributor.

Not.

It might mean revealing your true identity and that would never do would it?
Why do you attend Basildon council meetings?

You dont live in Basildon do you?
[quote][p][bold]Kim Gandy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ThisYear[/bold] wrote: I wonder if people are now thinking "aha, thats why they wanted that piece of land down the end of Oak Rd"...they were seemingly unaware that previous administrations had caused it to be contaminated....not much use to selling to developers now..eh Mr Ball.[/p][/quote]....and you are so concerned about all of this that of course, you attend every single Basildon Council meeting don't you? Regular contributor. Not. It might mean revealing your true identity and that would never do would it?[/p][/quote]Why do you attend Basildon council meetings? You dont live in Basildon do you? ThisYear
  • Score: 2

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