New Homes Plan for Pitsea Greenbelt Land

Developers have launched plans to build 32 new homes on green belt land, despite an earlier bid being blocked by the local council.

JP & MD Properties Ltd have applied to Basildon Borough Council for permission to build the residential development north of Bowers Close in London Road, Pitsea.

A request for 31 homes on the site was refused by council in 2017 due to damage to the green belt, as well as a lack of affordable housing and concerns about the unsuitable drainage strategy, according to a design statement and of access submitted with the last request. .

JP & MD Properties Ltd is listed as an applicant for both bids, according to the council’s planning website.

A section of the statement reads: ‘The council has a significant housing shortage. A building permit on this site would make a significant contribution in this respect.

“This site is available for development now, deliverable and sustainable. There are no known heritage assets on or affected by the application site.”

Basildon Council voted to withdraw its Emerging Local Plan, a master plan for thousands of new homes in the borough, earlier this year.

The statement continues to argue that the council is not in line with national policy in relation to its supply of housing land and by not having an up-to-date local plan, and these meet the “circumstances very specific” required to approve construction in the greenbelt.

The site itself is an open field, bordering Eversley Leisure Center playing fields to the north and a separate residential development of 23 houses to the south.

A later section of the statement reads: “The context of this particular site is then that of a landlocked parcel of land located between large residential areas and neighboring leisure uses.

“Although it is virgin land by definition, it does not contain any element of particular landscape interest. The field can only be seen from the neighboring development from all sides, so it does not physically contribute to a larger campaign setting. »

The development would consist of 32 one- to four-bedroom homes, the statement continued. Four of them would be affordable housing.

A large area of ​​green space is proposed and 57 parking spaces would be provided.

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