The ‘garden village’ coming to Brentwood

It is intended that Dunton Hills will meet most of the borough’s housing need up to 2033

A vast housing development in south Essex has been backed by Brentwood Borough Council, which has approved the quaintly-named Dunton Hills Garden Village.
The project will see the building of 3,700 homes, along with three schools, a pub, gypsy and traveller pitches, cycle routes and betting shops.
The garden village is targeted for land east of the A128 and south of the A127 at West Horndon, just west of Basildon.
It has been reported by the Local Democracy Reporting Service that about half the site will be devoted to trees, community growing space, an orchard, ponds and informal parkland.
Charlotte Robinson, head of planning at developer CEG, said: “This decision followed many years of engagement with the council, local stakeholders and residents.
“It was a locally-designed and landscape-led scheme which would provide a mix of new homes and employment space, set within extensive green spaces, with schools, healthcare facilities, shops and services all within walking distance.”
Ms Robinson added that there would be provision of affordable housing within the scheme.
The site was identified in the emerging Brentwood Borough Local Plan as a strategic housing allocation and is intended to meet most of the borough’s housing need within the Plan period up to 2033.
Council officers had recommended approval of the development and last night (Wednesday, November 29) the planning committee agreed and granted permission for it to go ahead.