First, the Objectively Assessed Housing Need (OAN) has gone up from 15k to 20k, double what local people require.
Secondly the Council is developing a “SW Billericay High Level Development Framework” with very large areas of further land (shaded in grey in the image) being considered to meet this new larger number.
We’re not saying that all of this land will be built on if we meet OAN, but around 1000 homes were planned there when the Council sought to build 15,000 so if they decide to meet the new OAN, we can expect the majority to go.
We believe that the Framework will look at how a large number of homes would fund the ‘Relief Road’ – a project which we fear will actually worsen traffic while diverting developer contributions away from socially useful alternatives such as Affordable Housing. The Framework may also consider school provision, such as the expansion of Buttsbury School, which has been suggested.
Won’t this mean they need to consult again?
Basildon Council consider that they’ve consulted on all these either during either the 2016 Draft Local Plan consultation or the ‘New and Alternative Sites’ consultation later in the year. This is unreasonable as many sites, for instance the golf course, were only mentioned as rejected alternatives in the earlier consultation and so attracted very little attention.
Aims of BAG
To protect the green belt around Billericay from excessive loss through development.
To prevent the character of our historic town from forever being destroyed.
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