Basildon Borough Revised Publication Local Plan approved by Full Council

The Basildon Borough Revised Publication Local Plan and Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) was approved at a meeting of Full Council last week (Thursday 18 October).

The Local Plan is a document that sets out how Basildon borough will change over a period of time and is also reactive to changes. It sets out the council’s strategy for development and growth in the Basildon borough up to 2034 and the planning policies that will be applied in assessing planning applications during that period. It will determine what can be built and where.

Policies in this Local Plan will replace the Basildon District Local Plan adopted in 1998.

The CIL will bring in a new charge for new developments in the borough to raise money to pay for infrastructure improvements.

The plan will now be published for public consultation from early November to mid December 2018, with a view to submit it to the Secretary of State by end March 2019.

Cllr Richard Moore, Chairman of the Strategic Planning and Infrastructure Committee that recommended the plan to Council, said: “I am pleased Council voted to approve the Local Plan and Draft CIL. Of course we are concerned, as are our residents, about the infrastructure within our borough and we recognise in many locations it is creaking today. That is why we have said that infrastructure should come first and not after housing developments.

“The greenbelt is important to our residents and we take the responsibility of protecting the greenbelt seriously, we have therefore carefully calculated the minimum amount of greenbelt required to meet demand. I’m sure residents will be pleased we have reduced the number of houses being built in greenbelt and estimate that over next 16-20 years this will reduce our greenbelt by around 4%. This means that under this plan 59% of the land area in this borough remains designated as greenbelt.”

Key elements of the Revised Publication Local Plan approved by council include:

  • 17,791 homes, of which at least 15,465 are expected to be delivered within the plan period 2014 to 2034;
  • Two broad locations for future growth identified that could deliver new homes from around 2030 onwards, but reliant on improvements to the A127 that will be explored in the South Essex Joint Strategic Plan;
  • 31% affordable housing provision on sites of 11 homes or more, split between 70% social and affordable rent and 30% shared ownership;
  • 92ha of employment land. This includes a large allocation of 48ha to the East of Basildon, linked to a new junction on the A127 suitable for attracting larger scale commercial development;
  • Town centre regeneration in Basildon, Laindon, Pitsea and Wickford and appropriate public realm enhancements in Billericay;
  • Highway improvements including a new junction on the A127 to provide access into East Basildon and South Wickford; a new relief road providing congestion reduction to the south of Billericay town centre and various junction and highway improvements across the Borough;
  • 5 new primary schools and extensions to existing schools;
  • 1 new secondary school.

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