Plans for 3,400 homes axed in favour of new strategy with more homes

Graham Butland, leader of Braintree Council, said the current plan was

Graham Butland, leader of Braintree Council, said the current plan was "not a safe bet"

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Braintree Council has scrapped its plans for 3,443 homes and is going back to the drawing board.

It could take more than two years to complete a new Local Development Framework (LDF).

The current LDF was meant to go out to public consultation then to a planning inspector this year.

But new housing projections and Government guidance means up to 883 houses a year may be needed - more than three times the 272 a year previously thought.

Councillors feared the inspector would find the plan unsound, costing taxpayers £80,000 and paving the way for developers to try to build on previously rejected sites.

Council leader Graham Butland said: “There is ample evidence that it would not be successful and we would be putting at risk a significant sum of tax payers money if we were to do that.”

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

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