Residents plead for improved infrastructure over housing surge concerns

Braintree and Witham Times: Council leader Graham Butland said the problems are not unique to Braintree Council leader Graham Butland said the problems are not unique to Braintree

Residents are pleading for improved infrastructure to help their towns cope with a predicted surge of new houses.

According to new housing projections, around 900 new homes per year could be built across the district.

Braintree Council is set to make a decision this month on whether to stop processing its Local Development Framework (LDF), which projects 3,443 homes will be built by 2026 across the district and produce a new revised plan.

Recent changes in guidance in the Government’s National Planning Policy Framework and the release of a Strategic Housing Market Assessment (SHMA) means population projections are higher than the council originally thought.

The council now faces the need to build up to 883 houses per year - a large hike from the original figure of 272.

See this week's Braintree and Witham Times for the full story.

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