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Policy CP4: West Horndon Opportunity Area

Representation ID: 1075

Received: 30/09/2013

Respondent: Zada Capital

Agent: Zada Capital

Representation Summary:

The number of homes and general development proposed in West Horndon is out of context with the size of the existing village and the services currently available to the area. In paragraph 2,4 the Council recognises that West Horndon has the potential for sustainable development and that significant improvements to infrastructure and services will be needed to support growth at West Horndon.
The village of west horndon does not lie in a sustainable location capable of major development. The Council proposal takes little regards to its own policies contained throughout its own Preferred Option Plan. It would be more sensible to spread the housing throughout the Borough in far more sustainable locations, and yes gb will e lost but it is already being lost at West Horndon.

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Local Plan 2015-2030 Preferred Options for Consultation

S1: Spatial Strategy

Representation ID: 1080

Received: 30/09/2013

Respondent: Zada Capital

Agent: Zada Capital

Representation Summary:

Policy S1 as proposed is too restrictive and does not allow for growth throughout the borough. The policy is also contradictory as it refers to fostering sustainable communities and then directs growth towards Brentwood, Shenfield and West Horndon. Within the chapter the Council mention "flexibility", yet the whole chapter is not flexible and directs all development to the three areas. The citing of so much development at west horndon does not meet the general requirements of the councils preferred spatial strategy. There are villages and sites throughout the borough that are capable of providing a sustainable location that will not require a complete overhaul of the infrastructure. By taking this approach it allows for flexibility.

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Local Plan 2015-2030 Preferred Options for Consultation

Consultation

Representation ID: 1085

Received: 30/09/2013

Respondent: Zada Capital

Agent: Zada Capital

Representation Summary:

The consultation responses seem to have significant weight on the outcome of the published Preferred Options. Based on the Councils figures of more than 3000 (4% of the population) people responding to the consultation with around 1000 (1.5% of the population) people taking part in the consultation events is a very low figure. This casts doubts over the accuracy of the findings and whether significant weight should be attributed to the associated results.

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S2: Amount and Distribution of Residential Development 2015-2030

Representation ID: 1089

Received: 30/09/2013

Respondent: Zada Capital

Agent: Zada Capital

Representation Summary:

Within Policy S2, The Council recognizes the need for 3500 new dwellings to be built in the Borough during the plan period 2015-2030. The Council conducted their own OAN Study in 2013, which concluded that a higher figure of 5,430 new dwellings were needed, over the plan period. The East Of England Plan was due to run until 2021, before being abolished, identified that Brentwood required 3,600 new homes. In effect the Council is suggesting 100 fewer homes are built in a period that stretches 9 years beyond the East of England Plan. The council accepts that a higher level of demand for housing from people seeking to move into the area. Around 80% of projected household growth will be from people moving into the area. It is healthy for people wanting to move into the area and will benefit local businesses. The council have decided in the Preferred Options that the earlier figure, of 3,500 fits in with their aims and have therefore ignored the most up-to-date study commissioned by the Council that confirms more housing is needed in the borough over the plan period.
One of the major reasons the Council gives for limiting housing in the Borough is because of its effect on the GB. As much of the borough lies in the gb, the Council is basically saying there will be no further development in the borough, unless the name of the village is west horndon and where the gb is expendable. The whole of Policy S2 needs relooking at to enable flexibility and to allow small scale development within the gb at sustainable locations. The Borough needs to grow and adapt not just west horndon. Housing needs to reflect the OAN for the borough and not the councils preconceived requirements. The Council in its enthusiasm to safeguard the gb above all else, have overlooked locations such as Brentwood and Shenfield, where people do want to live given their sustainable locations and instead directed development to West Horndon.

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Policy DM11: New Development in the Green Belt

Representation ID: 1090

Received: 30/09/2013

Respondent: Zada Capital

Agent: Zada Capital

Representation Summary:

This policy recognises the need to protect the Green Belt by making it virtually impossible for new development to take place. The Council by proposing this inflexible policy is restricting development with in the Borough to a level that does not meet the numbers identified within the recent study commissioned by the Council and carried out by Peter Brett Associates. There needs to be development in the Green Belt and not just West Horndon.

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Policy CP1: Sustainable Development

Representation ID: 1091

Received: 30/09/2013

Respondent: Zada Capital

Agent: Zada Capital

Representation Summary:

Within Policy CP1 the Council confirm that they will take a positive approach in favour of sustainable development yet in para 2.4 they recognise that West Horndon has the potential for sustainable development. Further on they confirm that significant improvements will be required to infrastructure around West Horndon to cope with the proposed development.

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