Councillors recommend that they stop working on current housing plan for district

Councillors recommend that they stop working on current Local Development Framework

Councillors recommend that they stop working on current Local Development Framework

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Councillors have recommended that Braintree Council stops working on the current housing plan for the district after population projections were boosted - setting the project back years.

According to new housing projections and Government guidance, Braintree Council now faces the need to build up to 883 houses per year - a large rise from its original target of 272.

The council’s Local Development Framework (LDF), in which it is projected 3,443 will be built across the district by 2026, was set to go before a planning inspector later this year after a last public consultation.

But councillors fear that the plan is not “a safe bet” and that the inspector will find it unsound, costing taxpayers £80,000 and paving the way for developers to try and build on previously rejected sites.

Councillors at a LDF sub-committee meeting on Thursday recommended that the council does not carry on with the process and instead produce a revised plan - due to be completed in early 2017.

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

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8:56am Fri 20 Jun 14

R Souls says...

The Braintree Councillors need to grow some balls and tell the Inspector that there will be no massive development in North Essex until the A120 between Braintree and Marks Tey is improved. Agreeing to so many more houses is agreeing to more accidents on this stretch of road with more serious injuries and deaths.

Councillors, you will have blood on your hands if you don't stand up to this.
The Braintree Councillors need to grow some balls and tell the Inspector that there will be no massive development in North Essex until the A120 between Braintree and Marks Tey is improved. Agreeing to so many more houses is agreeing to more accidents on this stretch of road with more serious injuries and deaths. Councillors, you will have blood on your hands if you don't stand up to this. R Souls
  • Score: 8

10:27am Fri 20 Jun 14

The Stinker Returns says...

More like "Counsellors recommend that they stop working." Full stop
More like "Counsellors recommend that they stop working." Full stop The Stinker Returns
  • Score: 0

10:34am Fri 20 Jun 14

artdecofan says...

Hear hear R Souls; the infrastructure is simply not in place to allow for all these extra houses to be built; trains, schools, roads and hospitals are all already full to bursting point. The fact is, we do NOT want North Essex to become another South Essex; witness the desecration of formerly pleasant towns like Wickford and Rayleigh. Now they are identikit modern and soul-less eyesores. We cannot let this happen in RURAL North Essex.
Perhaps the Government should heed the message sent by the electorate at the recent elections, and enact some positive changes to the out-of-control immigration problem; then we won't need so many houses.
Hear hear R Souls; the infrastructure is simply not in place to allow for all these extra houses to be built; trains, schools, roads and hospitals are all already full to bursting point. The fact is, we do NOT want North Essex to become another South Essex; witness the desecration of formerly pleasant towns like Wickford and Rayleigh. Now they are identikit modern and soul-less eyesores. We cannot let this happen in RURAL North Essex. Perhaps the Government should heed the message sent by the electorate at the recent elections, and enact some positive changes to the out-of-control immigration problem; then we won't need so many houses. artdecofan
  • Score: 4

9:13pm Fri 20 Jun 14

James Abbott says...

Some of us are fighting this hard. This is entirely the fault of the Government which has moved the goalposts. The local Conservative MPs have some explaining to do as they said in 2010 that we were entering a new era of "localism" where councils could draw up their own Local Plans without being told what to do from on high.

Cllr. James Abbott
Some of us are fighting this hard. This is entirely the fault of the Government which has moved the goalposts. The local Conservative MPs have some explaining to do as they said in 2010 that we were entering a new era of "localism" where councils could draw up their own Local Plans without being told what to do from on high. Cllr. James Abbott James Abbott
  • Score: 3

4:20pm Wed 25 Jun 14

R Souls says...

I am aware of the good work you are doing Councillor Abbott, but unfortunately the rest of the council seem hellbent on destroying this rural part of Essex.

Please don't give up the fight.
I am aware of the good work you are doing Councillor Abbott, but unfortunately the rest of the council seem hellbent on destroying this rural part of Essex. Please don't give up the fight. R Souls
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