Garden village near Braintree on the cards again?

Could a garden village still be on the cards for land between Braintree and Marks Tey?

Could a garden village still be on the cards for land between Braintree and Marks Tey?

First published in News

A new town or village near Braintree could be still be on the cards after neighbouring Colchester Council officially invited builders to come up with sites for a garden village.

Landowners behind long running plans for West Tey, a 7,500 home development between Braintree and Marks Tey, are among those interested.

Colchester’s population is growing faster than its neighbours in Essex and is expected to hit 200,000 in 2021.

Gateway 120, a consortium of farmers and landowners, has previously proposed a 7,500 home village near Marks Tey and Coggeshall and about 3,000 homes on the edge of Braintree.

Director Robert Crayston said: “We are looking at this call for sites very carefully and plan to respond to the council’s invitation soon, and we welcome the fact that the council is working closely with neighbouring authorities."

* Full story in tomorrow's Times.

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11:56am Wed 6 Aug 14

Tattytate says...

No !! This must not be allowed to happen .first off we need more schools.wider better roads ie a120/a12 more medical and scocial facility's then the houses to follow . The slow but steady creep of 50 homes here 100 homes there in and around braintree and whitham over the last 10 years or so has placed a big burden on all of the local services we use . its time the things we need as a community are put in place first .time and again developers get away with doing the minimal amount they can to benifit the local populas so they can chuck up new homes and make a big profit .
IMO developers should be made to make shure any new large development and its new inhabitants don't add to the strain on services by providing every thing needed.be it schools shops better transport acces and so on .
Errr . Rant over lol
No !! This must not be allowed to happen .first off we need more schools.wider better roads ie a120/a12 more medical and scocial facility's then the houses to follow . The slow but steady creep of 50 homes here 100 homes there in and around braintree and whitham over the last 10 years or so has placed a big burden on all of the local services we use . its time the things we need as a community are put in place first .time and again developers get away with doing the minimal amount they can to benifit the local populas so they can chuck up new homes and make a big profit . IMO developers should be made to make shure any new large development and its new inhabitants don't add to the strain on services by providing every thing needed.be it schools shops better transport acces and so on . Errr . Rant over lol Tattytate
  • Score: 6

12:10pm Wed 6 Aug 14

OMPITA [Intl] says...

This could become interesting!
This could become interesting! OMPITA [Intl]
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1:51pm Wed 6 Aug 14

R Souls says...

The A120 and A12 are over capacity. People are being killed or seriously injured on these roads on an increasingly regular basis and this is because there are too many cars on the road. Country Councillors who agree to these schemes are agreeing to more deaths and injuries.

Any new development should be west of Braintree.

Also where are the jobs for all these new people? Yes, there will be jobs on the building sites, but then what - another recession probably.
The A120 and A12 are over capacity. People are being killed or seriously injured on these roads on an increasingly regular basis and this is because there are too many cars on the road. Country Councillors who agree to these schemes are agreeing to more deaths and injuries. Any new development should be west of Braintree. Also where are the jobs for all these new people? Yes, there will be jobs on the building sites, but then what - another recession probably. R Souls
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5:47pm Wed 6 Aug 14

James Abbott says...

The Government changed the rules so that councils now have to provide for full market demand - which is being assessed right now and which on provisional numbers could result in the rate of delivery (houses per year) being required to more than TREBLE from the previous rate.

Big landowners will be getting the champagne ready to celebrate the £ millions they will make from converting their fields (growing food) into sprawling developments, yet are very unlikely to provide upfront the affordable local housing - or the services (especially health and transport) we actually need. We as local councillors now have less control or ability to represent our communities - developers have even more power. Priti Patel tells me this is still "Localism" !
The Government changed the rules so that councils now have to provide for full market demand - which is being assessed right now and which on provisional numbers could result in the rate of delivery (houses per year) being required to more than TREBLE from the previous rate. Big landowners will be getting the champagne ready to celebrate the £ millions they will make from converting their fields (growing food) into sprawling developments, yet are very unlikely to provide upfront the affordable local housing - or the services (especially health and transport) we actually need. We as local councillors now have less control or ability to represent our communities - developers have even more power. Priti Patel tells me this is still "Localism" ! James Abbott
  • Score: 6

11:19pm Wed 6 Aug 14

Parish says...

Another totally stupid proposal. The infrastructure will not cope with all these thousands of homes. The A12, A120 are a nightmare so more houses I think not. The Government can not control immigration or anything else by the look of it. Labour were a catastrophe ,so what next?
It takes 20 mins to get from Coggeshall to Marks Tey some days. One accident or breakdown and one can wait for an hour or more.
Another totally stupid proposal. The infrastructure will not cope with all these thousands of homes. The A12, A120 are a nightmare so more houses I think not. The Government can not control immigration or anything else by the look of it. Labour were a catastrophe ,so what next? It takes 20 mins to get from Coggeshall to Marks Tey some days. One accident or breakdown and one can wait for an hour or more. Parish
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12:13pm Thu 7 Aug 14

artdecofan says...

Hear, hear to all the comments; our infrastructure in North Essex (essentially a RURAL District), simply cannot cope at present, let alone with thousands more homes being built!
The very worst aspect of Gateway 120's proposals is that the road biulding (A120 dualling) will not even BEGIN until all the houses are built; this is simply untenable. We really MUST implore Braintree D C to exercise extreme care and restraint when allocating ANY housing.
Apparently, BDC previously had a smaller housing allocation than many other authorities, to allow for the fact that HUGE amounts of housing had already been recently built; that allowance has now been removed, thanks to the new "moved goalposts" structure imposed by this "Wonderful" Government!!
Hear, hear to all the comments; our infrastructure in North Essex (essentially a RURAL District), simply cannot cope at present, let alone with thousands more homes being built! The very worst aspect of Gateway 120's proposals is that the road biulding (A120 dualling) will not even BEGIN until all the houses are built; this is simply untenable. We really MUST implore Braintree D C to exercise extreme care and restraint when allocating ANY housing. Apparently, BDC previously had a smaller housing allocation than many other authorities, to allow for the fact that HUGE amounts of housing had already been recently built; that allowance has now been removed, thanks to the new "moved goalposts" structure imposed by this "Wonderful" Government!! artdecofan
  • Score: 3

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