We now know, thanks to Councillor Schrader, that the possible new build in Great Burstead is 500 houses. (See: here).
So in total the new investigation work being undertaken by Basildon Council could add 1880 extra new houses to the 1720 in the draft Local Plan we were actually consulted on. That’s a total of 3600 new houses. We must stress the word ‘could’, because these are only investigations based upon proposals from landowners and developers. However, as these proposals originated from the 4% of those who responded and the responses of the 96% “With some exceptions, comments received in relation to the proposed development sites have not given rise to any new concerns.” Their words, para 7.64 of the Response to the Consultation; you will excuse us for being pessimistic.
These are just the extra houses in Billericay – there are extra sites being considered in Wickford and Basildon too.
Before these sites came in to play we had reason to believe that the 15,000 minimum would mean 25,000 in practice (a growth of a third). Just how high is the eventual figure going to be?