Billericay spared from 2,000 new homes plan

Objectors – councillors Tony Hedley and Andrew Schrader

Objectors – councillors Tony Hedley and Andrew Schrader

First published in Echo News by

BILLERICAY looks to have been spared from an influx of 2,000 homes.

Basildon Council had earmarked three sites in the east and west of the town for 2,010 new houses if the area was able to cope, in its draft Local Plan.

Last month the Echo revealed the council was looking to remove 1,400 homes proposed for the western site, from the housing plan, after Essex County Council admitted it had serious concerns that roads would not cope.

Now, County Hall is also claiming the eastern side, earmarked for 610 homes, would also struggle without significant infrastructure investment. It said the cash required is not available.

Basildon housing bosses have said they wanted to spread homes out across the borough, but could only support certain developments if they received assurances during the consultation phase that infrastructure would support the proposals.

They now want to remove east Billericay too from the local plan.

However, although County Hall raised the same concerns about traffic capacity issues in Wickford, Basildon Council is still set to plough ahead with 2,800 new homes there.

John Baron, Conservative MP for Basildon and Billericay, said: “I am not a nimby and I have always maintained any development must be preceded by a robust infrastructure assessment which is fully-funded.

“If the report of a lack of investment in our roads is true, then we cannot support any new housing anywhere in Billericay.

“It would be unfair on residents if we started building homes without the relevant infrastructure in place, otherwise we’d end up with roads full to capacity and oversubscribed doctors.

“It is one thing doing an assessment, but another actually having the money.”

Housing bosses at the council still claim their original figure of 12,500 homes in the borough, to be built between now and 2031 is valid, but concerns have been raised about where the properties originally earmarked for Billericay could go.

The Tory administration’s deputy leader Phil Turner has previously told the Echo Basildon Council could submit a revised number to the Government, which has the final say on the local plan.

Essex County Council highlighted roads that could be hit hard by the homes – the A176 Nethermayne, the A127, Sun Street and High Street Billericay, and the A132 Nevendon Road leading into Billericay.

Andrew Schrader, Tory councillor for Billericay East, said: “The evidence is clear. Billericay cannot accommodate these developments.”

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11:23am Wed 14 May 14

sesibollox says...

No Jotmans will be the most viable location, apart from the obvious Canvey plots.
No Jotmans will be the most viable location, apart from the obvious Canvey plots. sesibollox
  • Score: -2

11:58am Wed 14 May 14

Chris Flunk says...

sesibollox wrote:
No Jotmans will be the most viable location, apart from the obvious Canvey plots.
Jotman's Farm and Canvey Island have nothing to do with Basildon Council's local development plan. Do try to keep up.
[quote][p][bold]sesibollox[/bold] wrote: No Jotmans will be the most viable location, apart from the obvious Canvey plots.[/p][/quote]Jotman's Farm and Canvey Island have nothing to do with Basildon Council's local development plan. Do try to keep up. Chris Flunk
  • Score: 3

12:15pm Wed 14 May 14

Ian P says...

“It would be unfair on residents if we started building homes without the relevant infrastructure in place, otherwise we’d end up with roads full to capacity and oversubscribed doctors." You mean they are not already?
“It would be unfair on residents if we started building homes without the relevant infrastructure in place, otherwise we’d end up with roads full to capacity and oversubscribed doctors." You mean they are not already? Ian P
  • Score: 4

12:41pm Wed 14 May 14

Howard Cháse says...

Ian P wrote:
“It would be unfair on residents if we started building homes without the relevant infrastructure in place, otherwise we’d end up with roads full to capacity and oversubscribed doctors." You mean they are not already?
No infrastructure problems south of the A127then?

What a surprise that the resolutely safe tory seated Councillors in Billericay have managed to get this through in time for the upcoming council elections.

NOT!
[quote][p][bold]Ian P[/bold] wrote: “It would be unfair on residents if we started building homes without the relevant infrastructure in place, otherwise we’d end up with roads full to capacity and oversubscribed doctors." You mean they are not already?[/p][/quote]No infrastructure problems south of the A127then? What a surprise that the resolutely safe tory seated Councillors in Billericay have managed to get this through in time for the upcoming council elections. NOT! Howard Cháse
  • Score: 1

1:10pm Wed 14 May 14

pembury53 says...

fantastic, you have to give them credit ! rejected on absolutely no grounds whatsoever, except they don't want any of them.... you can almost hear the champagne corks and whoops of laughter, from wickford, i would imagine....
fantastic, you have to give them credit ! rejected on absolutely no grounds whatsoever, except they don't want any of them.... you can almost hear the champagne corks and whoops of laughter, from wickford, i would imagine.... pembury53
  • Score: 1

3:21pm Wed 14 May 14

iknowbetter says...

Howard Cháse wrote:
Ian P wrote:
“It would be unfair on residents if we started building homes without the relevant infrastructure in place, otherwise we’d end up with roads full to capacity and oversubscribed doctors." You mean they are not already?
No infrastructure problems south of the A127then?

What a surprise that the resolutely safe tory seated Councillors in Billericay have managed to get this through in time for the upcoming council elections.

NOT!
You hit the nail on the head Howard.
Also worth remembering if anyone thinks the Council have done the residents a favour think again. The poor old tax payer will be forking out thousands when the developer takes this to appeal and they will.
Fortunately though for all the Councillors that voted against this it will be after the elections have taken place. I wonder what the excuse will be from the Councillors when the developer wins the appeal.
[quote][p][bold]Howard Cháse[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Ian P[/bold] wrote: “It would be unfair on residents if we started building homes without the relevant infrastructure in place, otherwise we’d end up with roads full to capacity and oversubscribed doctors." You mean they are not already?[/p][/quote]No infrastructure problems south of the A127then? What a surprise that the resolutely safe tory seated Councillors in Billericay have managed to get this through in time for the upcoming council elections. NOT![/p][/quote]You hit the nail on the head Howard. Also worth remembering if anyone thinks the Council have done the residents a favour think again. The poor old tax payer will be forking out thousands when the developer takes this to appeal and they will. Fortunately though for all the Councillors that voted against this it will be after the elections have taken place. I wonder what the excuse will be from the Councillors when the developer wins the appeal. iknowbetter
  • Score: 4

3:59pm Wed 14 May 14

TheWizzard says...

John Baron IS a NIMBY
John Baron IS a NIMBY TheWizzard
  • Score: 1

4:28pm Wed 14 May 14

TheWizzard says...

i thought that developers paid for the infrastructure changes via those 106 agreements
i thought that developers paid for the infrastructure changes via those 106 agreements TheWizzard
  • Score: 0

6:30pm Wed 14 May 14

ShipShape says...

Thank the Lord for that!
There's only so many tills at Waitrose!
Thank the Lord for that! There's only so many tills at Waitrose! ShipShape
  • Score: 5

7:35pm Wed 14 May 14

hothead says...

Looks like the "Village People" are alive and well in Billericay judging by those 2 goons in the photo.
Looks like the "Village People" are alive and well in Billericay judging by those 2 goons in the photo. hothead
  • Score: 1

8:52pm Wed 14 May 14

pembury53 says...

hothead wrote:
Looks like the "Village People" are alive and well in Billericay judging by those 2 goons in the photo.
goons they may be.... but they'll certainly sleep well
[quote][p][bold]hothead[/bold] wrote: Looks like the "Village People" are alive and well in Billericay judging by those 2 goons in the photo.[/p][/quote]goons they may be.... but they'll certainly sleep well pembury53
  • Score: 0

9:11pm Wed 14 May 14

TheWizzard says...

Is Andrew wearing lipstick?
Is Andrew wearing lipstick? TheWizzard
  • Score: 0

9:16am Thu 15 May 14

Andrew Schrader says...

pembury53 wrote:
hothead wrote: Looks like the "Village People" are alive and well in Billericay judging by those 2 goons in the photo.
goons they may be.... but they'll certainly sleep well
Thanks. Now I'm really self-conscious about my lips! Gosh, they are red aren't they. No idea why. Just naturally rosie, I guess.
[quote][p][bold]pembury53[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]hothead[/bold] wrote: Looks like the "Village People" are alive and well in Billericay judging by those 2 goons in the photo.[/p][/quote]goons they may be.... but they'll certainly sleep well[/p][/quote]Thanks. Now I'm really self-conscious about my lips! Gosh, they are red aren't they. No idea why. Just naturally rosie, I guess. Andrew Schrader
  • Score: -1

10:25am Thu 15 May 14

eurodoomed says...

The idea that Billericay could accommodate thousands more people was always a complete nonsense. The infrastructure cannot cope now, and the 2 secondary schools gave up massive amountsd of land for houses, reducing dramatically their ability to expand, and in the case of Mayflower, losing half their playing fields.
If there were to be any significant development, there should be a surcharge of say £50,000 minimum, increasing according to the sale price, on every new house or flat built to provide infrastructure. Why should Essex Council Tax payers have to ocntribute? That would raise a minimum of £100,000,000 towards new roads, schools, doctors' surgeries etc. If any one wants to buy a new home in Billericay, they must pay for it in every sense.
The idea that Billericay could accommodate thousands more people was always a complete nonsense. The infrastructure cannot cope now, and the 2 secondary schools gave up massive amountsd of land for houses, reducing dramatically their ability to expand, and in the case of Mayflower, losing half their playing fields. If there were to be any significant development, there should be a surcharge of say £50,000 minimum, increasing according to the sale price, on every new house or flat built to provide infrastructure. Why should Essex Council Tax payers have to ocntribute? That would raise a minimum of £100,000,000 towards new roads, schools, doctors' surgeries etc. If any one wants to buy a new home in Billericay, they must pay for it in every sense. eurodoomed
  • Score: 3

10:54am Thu 15 May 14

Howard Cháse says...

Time for a series of New Towns out somewhere in the wide open country near the new rail links to London. Continuing to squeeze more houses into this borough with it's already overstretched road infrastructure, schools, doctors, dentists and hospitals is just piling on more problems that are exoensice to even try to alleviate.

There's plenty of space elsewhere in the county for expansion. There's got to be some cut iff point fir the Thames Corridor. We can't continue the way we are indefinitely.
Time for a series of New Towns out somewhere in the wide open country near the new rail links to London. Continuing to squeeze more houses into this borough with it's already overstretched road infrastructure, schools, doctors, dentists and hospitals is just piling on more problems that are exoensice to even try to alleviate. There's plenty of space elsewhere in the county for expansion. There's got to be some cut iff point fir the Thames Corridor. We can't continue the way we are indefinitely. Howard Cháse
  • Score: 1

11:04am Thu 15 May 14

iknowbetter says...

Andrew Schrader wrote:
pembury53 wrote:
hothead wrote: Looks like the "Village People" are alive and well in Billericay judging by those 2 goons in the photo.
goons they may be.... but they'll certainly sleep well
Thanks. Now I'm really self-conscious about my lips! Gosh, they are red aren't they. No idea why. Just naturally rosie, I guess.
How about instead of reacting to petty insults, why dont you explain to everyone how you intend to fight this developement when the developer takes this to appeal.
[quote][p][bold]Andrew Schrader[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]pembury53[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]hothead[/bold] wrote: Looks like the "Village People" are alive and well in Billericay judging by those 2 goons in the photo.[/p][/quote]goons they may be.... but they'll certainly sleep well[/p][/quote]Thanks. Now I'm really self-conscious about my lips! Gosh, they are red aren't they. No idea why. Just naturally rosie, I guess.[/p][/quote]How about instead of reacting to petty insults, why dont you explain to everyone how you intend to fight this developement when the developer takes this to appeal. iknowbetter
  • Score: 3

5:26pm Thu 15 May 14

Black Crow says...

This is part of Billericay Towns council response to the 'local plan'

Question 6
Do you agree with the approach for Crays Hill, Ramsden Bellhouse, Bowers Gifford
and the plotland areas to grow? Please give reasons why.

In general the arguments for rejecting significant expansion of these settlements are convincing. However,
Crays Hill might be an exception. The area has reasonable separation from other settlements and convenient
access to A129 and A127.
In addition, Crays Hill has suffered from the stigma associated with the Dale Farm saga. Redevelopment and
expansion would provide an opportunity to restore its reputation and perhaps make use of unproductive land
This is part of Billericay Towns council response to the 'local plan' Question 6 Do you agree with the approach for Crays Hill, Ramsden Bellhouse, Bowers Gifford and the plotland areas to grow? Please give reasons why. In general the arguments for rejecting significant expansion of these settlements are convincing. However, Crays Hill might be an exception. The area has reasonable separation from other settlements and convenient access to A129 and A127. In addition, Crays Hill has suffered from the stigma associated with the Dale Farm saga. Redevelopment and expansion would provide an opportunity to restore its reputation and perhaps make use of unproductive land Black Crow
  • Score: 2

6:33pm Sun 18 May 14

Ulcer20439 says...

The lack of affordable housing will create a bubble. It will burst and the residents of Billericay will be plunged into negative equity thereby damaging the one thing they thought their NIMBYism was protecting.
The lack of affordable housing will create a bubble. It will burst and the residents of Billericay will be plunged into negative equity thereby damaging the one thing they thought their NIMBYism was protecting. Ulcer20439
  • Score: 0

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