A NEW housing estate will be built in Great Wakering.

Sanctuary Homes has been granted planning permission to construct a range of one, two, three and four-bedroom properties at Barrow Hall Road.

Sanctuary will now finalise plans for the 120-home site which it says will be “ideal for first-time buyers and growing families alike”.

The properties are due to be completed by the Autumn of 2021 and will include homes for sale, rent and shared ownership.

Sarah Brind, Sanctuary’s head of development – south, said: “We’re pleased to have secured planning permission for the development of these new homes which strengthens our commitment to boosting the local housing market.”

Not everyone is happy with the latest development in Great Wakering which has absorbed hundreds of new homes in recent years.

Residents have complained to planners about invasion of privacy, flooding risk, loss of former agricultural land on green belt and an ever increasing strain on the infrastructure.

Resident Wendy Newman lodged her objections over the application. She said: “Whilst I am against development on green belt land and compromising our village facilities, it is going ahead so the issue here now is the access to the estate.

“Barrow Hall Road is a very narrow, very fast road with tight blind bends, racing traffic and no pavements, no lighting dog walkers, joggers, horse riders, racing cyclists, huge articulated lorries, farm traffic and idiotic speeding drivers.

“To have the access road to the huge estate on Barrow Hall Road, thereby increasing the traffic massively is absolute madness.”

Initial work, including site hoarding, surveys and statutory approvals, are now underway to prepare the site for the construction of the new homes.

Barrow Hall Road is the latest development in the Rochford district by Sanctuary which is also delivering 72 homes on the site of the former Bullwood Hall prison in Hockley.

Residents are also moving into 35 newly completed affordable homes at Three Acres in Canewdon.