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Petition: change the housing methodology that’s costing us greenfield land

Petition: change the housing methodology that’s costing us greenfield land

Wednesday 4 May 2022

There can’t be many of us who are unaware of the government’s ‘standard methodology’ that is artificially inflating the numbers of houses to be built on greenfield sites. Many local authorities are being forced to remove protection from large areas of countryside when in truth there is no need. In response, a petition has been […] Read more >

Developers cut number of homes in Bocking housing plan

Developers cut number of homes in Bocking housing plan

Thursday 26 August 2021

A revised scheme for housing in Bocking has been submitted to Braintree District Council. Eastlight Community Homes and George Tanner (Shalford) had sought planning permission for 86 new homes south of Bovingdon Road in 2019 but withdrew their bid upon learning that council officers had recommended the scheme be refused. Now, the developers have dropped […] Read more >

Demonstrable five-year housing supply not enough to block village housing scheme

Demonstrable five-year housing supply not enough to block village housing scheme

Wednesday 25 August 2021

The Planning Inspectorate has overturned a decision by an Essex council to refuse a 120-home development in Rayne. Braintree District Council had denied outline planning permission for the scheme by Acorn Braintree, but the developer appealed to the inspectorate, which subsequently overruled the local authority. The development site, behind Gilda Terrace, off Rayne Road, was […] Read more >

Final approval granted for 300 new homes in Coggeshall

Final approval granted for 300 new homes in Coggeshall

Tuesday 24 August 2021

The final go-ahead to build 300 homes in Coggeshall has been given by Braintree District Council. The local authority had granted Bovis Homes permission in 2019 for the Colchester Road development, which includes a community centre, but the details of the scheme have now been approved unanimously by its planning committee. People in the village […] Read more >

Raft of objections fails to block Harlow housing scheme

Raft of objections fails to block Harlow housing scheme

Tuesday 22 June 2021

THIRTY-FIVE homes are to be built at Harlow’s Purford Green, despite the site not being earmarked for development in the Local Plan and the application drawing 29 objections. The new properties will be on fields formerly used by Purford Green junior school. Among a range of concerns, objectors cited loss of open space, the fact […] Read more >

Epping Forest fails to hit government housing targets but it’s a complex state of affairs

Epping Forest fails to hit government housing targets but it’s a complex state of affairs

Friday 5 March 2021

Fewer than half the houses demanded by the government have been built in Epping Forest district over the last three years. The Housing Delivery Test had required Epping Forest District Council to ‘deliver’ 2,468 homes between 2017 and 2020 – however, just 1,213 were built, equating to 49 per cent of the target. The figures […] Read more >

Builder wins appeal for 150 new homes in Saffron Walden

Builder wins appeal for 150 new homes in Saffron Walden

Tuesday 9 February 2021

A developer has won an appeal to build 150 homes in Saffron Walden. The scheme, east of Thaxted Road, had been refused by Uttlesford District Council in February last year as the local authority said it did not provide sufficient green and amenity space. It was also unhappy with the siting of the play area. […] Read more >

Almost 240 new homes approved for Kelvedon

Almost 240 new homes approved for Kelvedon

Thursday 21 January 2021

Planners have backed a scheme to build 238 homes in Kelvedon. Worries about design were brushed aside as Braintree District Council planning committee backed the application by Cala Homes – it had already been given outline permission in 2018. A parish council statement said: “This is the first significant development in the village for over […] Read more >

Village awaits decision on 230 new homes

Village awaits decision on 230 new homes

Thursday 21 January 2021

Rivenhall will grow by 230 homes if a developer has its way. Bellway Homes has applied for outline planning permission for the estate, off Rectory Lane. The site comprises farmland, woodland and part of a former golf course. Nearby residents say the development would erode further the gap between their village and Witham – more […] Read more >

Bocking to get 265-home development after Gladman wins appeal

Bocking to get 265-home development after Gladman wins appeal

Monday 14 September 2020

Gladman has struck in Bocking. The land agent has won an appeal it launched in 2017 against Braintree District Council’s failure to rule on its application for a housing development within the statutory 13-week period. The site, off Church Street, had been targeted with two proposals: one for 265 units and the other for 300. […] Read more >

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