172 homes plan for Shoebury Garrison

172 homes plan for Shoebury Garrison

172 homes plan for Shoebury Garrison

First published in Echo News

PLANS to build new family homes and offices on a Shoebury park have been submitted to Southend Council.

Garrison Developments has applied to build 172 two, three and four-bedroom houses and office blocks up to four storeys high, on Old Gunners Park, off Ness Road.

The land was earmarked for business and commercial use when the Shoebury Garrison masterplan was drawn up in 2004, but Garrison Developments, which bought the 18-acre site in 2010, nowwants it for housing.

Rumours about the development surfaced last year, but have now been sent to the council for consideration.

Paul Denney, technical director for the Chelmsford-based firm, said: “This application is the result of significant consultation with the council and local residents, who have made clear their preference for a residential-led development, rather than largescale industrial use for the site.

“It will mean new family houses with gardens, rather than warehouses and HGVs.

“The proposals will also see a large area of public open space, much bigger than you would normally see and more appropriate commercial property which provides new office space for small and medium-sized businesses to start up in Shoebury and create jobs.”

The area, which is bigger than 13 football pitches, is divided into two sites.

Three-and-a-half acres of grassland between the playing fields of Hinguar Primary School and Magazine Road, would hold 55 homes.

A larger, 20-acre site, bordered by Ness Road to the east, Campfield Road to the north and New Barge Pier Road to the west and south, would be divided in two.

The southern half would hold 117 homes and the northern half, on which Southend Council is storing 44,000 tonnes of mud earmarked for the controversial Shoebury Seawall, would hold 15,000sq m of office space in two, three and four-storey blocks.

The homes, which would be similar in style to new properties built on the Garrison, with offstreet parking and gardens, would be accessed via entrances already laid out, off New Barge Pier Road and Magazine Road.

The homes and businesses would also be raised to protect them from flooding that occurs roughly every 200 years.

About 4.5-acres of landscaped public space would be created around a drainage ditch to the west of the site near Ness Road to protect the area, which is prone to flooding from the River Shoe, as well as the sea.

The area south of New Barge Pier Road and the Gunnery Hill development would remain as a nature reserve.

Mr Denney said: “This application is about asking the council to consider the principle of this alternative use, instead of industrial sheds and warehouses.

“It gives residents reassurances about the number of homes that would be proposed, how vehicles would access the site and the amount of public open space.

“No construction will take place until further detailed planning applications are submitted.”

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4:14pm Wed 7 May 14

pembury53 says...

stick them here, stick them there, stick them just about anywhere.....
stick them here, stick them there, stick them just about anywhere..... pembury53
  • Score: 9

4:43pm Wed 7 May 14

bigmak says...

If there is still one of the original office/warehouse buildings still empty after some 9 years and they only let the other two in the last year, what makes them think that there is sufficient demand for yet more offices and warehouses?
I suspect that the result will be another empty building not attracting council tax but attracting weeds in its car park.
And what happened to the site being reserved fort the new Shoebury Health Centre, no mention of that in this plan?
If there is still one of the original office/warehouse buildings still empty after some 9 years and they only let the other two in the last year, what makes them think that there is sufficient demand for yet more offices and warehouses? I suspect that the result will be another empty building not attracting council tax but attracting weeds in its car park. And what happened to the site being reserved fort the new Shoebury Health Centre, no mention of that in this plan? bigmak
  • Score: 16

4:55pm Wed 7 May 14

John Bull 40 says...

Residents were consulted? When and how many?
Residents were consulted? When and how many? John Bull 40
  • Score: 23

5:20pm Wed 7 May 14

Keptquiettillnow says...

The whole of Gunners Park stinks of dog muck already in the summer. Another 172 homes and all the dogs they bring ....... going to stink
The whole of Gunners Park stinks of dog muck already in the summer. Another 172 homes and all the dogs they bring ....... going to stink Keptquiettillnow
  • Score: 10

5:52pm Wed 7 May 14

carnmountyouknowitmakessense says...

Gunners Park, a haven for wild insects, wild plants, a nature reserve as well as a natural park, for walks and serenity.
Gunners Park, a haven for wild insects, wild plants, a nature reserve as well as a natural park, for walks and serenity. carnmountyouknowitmakessense
  • Score: 21

7:27pm Wed 7 May 14

ROBOTS' REBELLION says...

More strain on our local services then since some of these houses will be taken by outsiders, who will be increasing the population of our already overcrowded town. Great. Why don't we set a limit on population for our town based on the ability of the services and infrastructure to cope. Stop immigration into Southend-on-Sea asap. We can't take any more people. So if you're coming here to live may I suggest you consider the burden your presence will cause on those already here. And I don't care if you're brown, white, black or my Auntie Madge from Brentwood - find somewhere else to live!
More strain on our local services then since some of these houses will be taken by outsiders, who will be increasing the population of our already overcrowded town. Great. Why don't we set a limit on population for our town based on the ability of the services and infrastructure to cope. Stop immigration into Southend-on-Sea asap. We can't take any more people. So if you're coming here to live may I suggest you consider the burden your presence will cause on those already here. And I don't care if you're brown, white, black or my Auntie Madge from Brentwood - find somewhere else to live! ROBOTS' REBELLION
  • Score: 14

8:42pm Wed 7 May 14

shoeburyden says...

Its been over 2 months since we had heavy rain, look at the site now its still flooded..once this site is corcreated over the gardens will be swimming pools. and water will run into the river and flood onto ness road. and possibly flood the homes the sea wall was supposed to protect.the mud that is to be used for the flood wall on shoebury common will no doubt create a wall of weeds like in ness road, and the cliff slip site that is now overgrown with weeds that are falling onto the pavement and the central path will be impassable. well done councilors you are succeeding in spoiling southend. I would be interested to know just how much mr denney and his company have donated to the council and councilors to get this project passed.
PS the homes will be uninsurable as they are built on a flood plain,
Its been over 2 months since we had heavy rain, look at the site now its still flooded..once this site is corcreated over the gardens will be swimming pools. and water will run into the river and flood onto ness road. and possibly flood the homes the sea wall was supposed to protect.the mud that is to be used for the flood wall on shoebury common will no doubt create a wall of weeds like in ness road, and the cliff slip site that is now overgrown with weeds that are falling onto the pavement and the central path will be impassable. well done councilors you are succeeding in spoiling southend. I would be interested to know just how much mr denney and his company have donated to the council and councilors to get this project passed. PS the homes will be uninsurable as they are built on a flood plain, shoeburyden
  • Score: 19

9:00pm Wed 7 May 14

the25man says...

The new houses would be good for Asda, but not sure if the schools would cope
The new houses would be good for Asda, but not sure if the schools would cope the25man
  • Score: 8

10:26pm Wed 7 May 14

jayman says...

RIP gunners park...
RIP gunners park... jayman
  • Score: 23

10:35pm Wed 7 May 14

emcee says...

It is all well and good building more and more homes, but there has to be a massive upgrade of the infrastructure to support these homes. The country's infrastructure is already at breaking point and without substantial improvements to health services, education, employment and transport (amongst others) in support of the current rapid population growth this country will be in dire trouble sooner rather than later. The only real viable way to deal with the housing crisis is to remove the cause of over-population, not to use sticking plaster solutions in the hope that it will, eventually, get better. It won't. This country is now committing itself to permanent firefighting until, at some point, there will be nothing left worth saving.
It is all well and good building more and more homes, but there has to be a massive upgrade of the infrastructure to support these homes. The country's infrastructure is already at breaking point and without substantial improvements to health services, education, employment and transport (amongst others) in support of the current rapid population growth this country will be in dire trouble sooner rather than later. The only real viable way to deal with the housing crisis is to remove the cause of over-population, not to use sticking plaster solutions in the hope that it will, eventually, get better. It won't. This country is now committing itself to permanent firefighting until, at some point, there will be nothing left worth saving. emcee
  • Score: 11

6:02am Thu 8 May 14

Keptquiettillnow says...

jayman wrote:
RIP gunners park...
How long now until the nature reserve goes and houses with sea views are built?
[quote][p][bold]jayman[/bold] wrote: RIP gunners park...[/p][/quote]How long now until the nature reserve goes and houses with sea views are built? Keptquiettillnow
  • Score: 9

6:46am Thu 8 May 14

SARFENDMAN says...

This whole Southend and surrounding area is creaking with already overstretched infrastrucure. One example is Southend Hospital which is now squashed into one small site after the crazed decision of selling up the larger old Rochford Hospital site. How can you justify housing on a once designated (Gunners) Park? What next at the right price Garons Park? and how long before Thorpe Bay Golf Club is subject to more lucrative offers for development. The development vultures are hovering all over this part of Essex and not just in Shoebury. Be warned!
This whole Southend and surrounding area is creaking with already overstretched infrastrucure. One example is Southend Hospital which is now squashed into one small site after the crazed decision of selling up the larger old Rochford Hospital site. How can you justify housing on a once designated (Gunners) Park? What next at the right price Garons Park? and how long before Thorpe Bay Golf Club is subject to more lucrative offers for development. The development vultures are hovering all over this part of Essex and not just in Shoebury. Be warned! SARFENDMAN
  • Score: 14

7:52am Thu 8 May 14

Nowthatsworthknowing says...

Gunners Park, was given to the Borough by the MoD, as a recreational park.
How did it transgress into a building plot, for profit?
Gunners Park, was given to the Borough by the MoD, as a recreational park. How did it transgress into a building plot, for profit? Nowthatsworthknowing
  • Score: 20

10:35am Thu 8 May 14

Broadwaywatch says...

SARFENDMAN wrote:
This whole Southend and surrounding area is creaking with already overstretched infrastrucure. One example is Southend Hospital which is now squashed into one small site after the crazed decision of selling up the larger old Rochford Hospital site. How can you justify housing on a once designated (Gunners) Park? What next at the right price Garons Park? and how long before Thorpe Bay Golf Club is subject to more lucrative offers for development. The development vultures are hovering all over this part of Essex and not just in Shoebury. Be warned!
Not to mention Rochford Golf Club if The Airport decides to expand any further
[quote][p][bold]SARFENDMAN[/bold] wrote: This whole Southend and surrounding area is creaking with already overstretched infrastrucure. One example is Southend Hospital which is now squashed into one small site after the crazed decision of selling up the larger old Rochford Hospital site. How can you justify housing on a once designated (Gunners) Park? What next at the right price Garons Park? and how long before Thorpe Bay Golf Club is subject to more lucrative offers for development. The development vultures are hovering all over this part of Essex and not just in Shoebury. Be warned![/p][/quote]Not to mention Rochford Golf Club if The Airport decides to expand any further Broadwaywatch
  • Score: 2

10:42am Thu 8 May 14

Broadwaywatch says...

SARFENDMAN wrote:
This whole Southend and surrounding area is creaking with already overstretched infrastrucure. One example is Southend Hospital which is now squashed into one small site after the crazed decision of selling up the larger old Rochford Hospital site. How can you justify housing on a once designated (Gunners) Park? What next at the right price Garons Park? and how long before Thorpe Bay Golf Club is subject to more lucrative offers for development. The development vultures are hovering all over this part of Essex and not just in Shoebury. Be warned!
SARFENDMAN and I were very lucky when we were young in this area...we had lanes and open fields to roam and play in but we, are like many others of our age, are sorry for those who will not have that good fortune we had.
[quote][p][bold]SARFENDMAN[/bold] wrote: This whole Southend and surrounding area is creaking with already overstretched infrastrucure. One example is Southend Hospital which is now squashed into one small site after the crazed decision of selling up the larger old Rochford Hospital site. How can you justify housing on a once designated (Gunners) Park? What next at the right price Garons Park? and how long before Thorpe Bay Golf Club is subject to more lucrative offers for development. The development vultures are hovering all over this part of Essex and not just in Shoebury. Be warned![/p][/quote]SARFENDMAN and I were very lucky when we were young in this area...we had lanes and open fields to roam and play in but we, are like many others of our age, are sorry for those who will not have that good fortune we had. Broadwaywatch
  • Score: 6

4:18pm Thu 8 May 14

Keptquiettillnow says...

I do grin a little about this whole Gunners Park development. Get all the posh expensive houses sold first, then pack 172 in later on.
The nature reserve will be next.
I do grin a little about this whole Gunners Park development. Get all the posh expensive houses sold first, then pack 172 in later on. The nature reserve will be next. Keptquiettillnow
  • Score: 7

11:53am Fri 9 May 14

shoeburyden says...

LOOK BEHIND YOU. ITS FLOODED AFTER NO RAIN FOR TWO MONTHS
LOOK BEHIND YOU. ITS FLOODED AFTER NO RAIN FOR TWO MONTHS shoeburyden
  • Score: 5

9:18pm Fri 9 May 14

rude boy says...

So over time the whole lot will b built on! Not bad esp as it's green belt land someone has giving the council a back hander
So over time the whole lot will b built on! Not bad esp as it's green belt land someone has giving the council a back hander rude boy
  • Score: 3

12:25am Wed 21 May 14

missjaguarlover says...

residents were consulted???? when was this then??? All I can see happening here is noise, crime, busy roads, gone will be the nice quiet area and beautiful scenery and most importantly the wildlife !!! before I moved here I lived in a big housing estate and then i moved here and this to me is like another world. I left the noise, graffiti, teens smoking their drugs in all the dark corners, beer cans thrown everywhere, now I am far from stuck up my own A**E and far from being a snob but I totally love living here, I love the peace and the tranquility of living here, now if this plan goes ahead it may mean me moving once again to find the solace that I have actually found here. This has actually angered me to be honest.
residents were consulted???? when was this then??? All I can see happening here is noise, crime, busy roads, gone will be the nice quiet area and beautiful scenery and most importantly the wildlife !!! before I moved here I lived in a big housing estate and then i moved here and this to me is like another world. I left the noise, graffiti, teens smoking their drugs in all the dark corners, beer cans thrown everywhere, now I am far from stuck up my own A**E and far from being a snob but I totally love living here, I love the peace and the tranquility of living here, now if this plan goes ahead it may mean me moving once again to find the solace that I have actually found here. This has actually angered me to be honest. missjaguarlover
  • Score: 1

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