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LATEST NEWS: See details at foot of page — BRENTWOOD DRAFT LOCAL PLAN: PREFERRED SITE ALLOCATIONS CONSULTATION
from Monday 29 January to Monday 12 March 2018

BREAKING NEWS: Initially Basildon council needed to meet a housing target of 15,260, but this figure has recently been increased to 19,440
across the borough.

SURELY BRENTWOOD COUNCILs target should be increased from 5,500 to 15,000 as reports state whilst district covers a vast area, only a small part has housing.
Also ALL areas South of A127 MUST be transfered to Thurrock or Basildon Council as Brentwood Borough Council consider South of A127 ‘Outside of their District’.

Note: DUNTON GARDEN SUBURB – ended 2014/5: Advised joint proposal ended as Brentwood Borough Council had not carried out comparable studies
to Basildon Borough Council to determine it was a suitable location for development.

DUNTON

(Basildon Borough Council) Also referred to as – West Basildon Urban Extension (Green Belt to the West of Laindon)

& Political NIMBYISM by BRENTWOOD BOROUGH COUNCIL

DUNTON HILLS GARDEN VILLAGE (DHGV)

– (Greenbelt Sites)
to create

DUNTON NEW TOWN

3,500 new homes to start with, and then increase to 6,000 + New Homes, plus Gypsy & Traveller pitches.
(Creating a New Town of 20,000 – 30,000 people & up to 12,000 vehicles)

Council’s should build in the best areas, where there is the greatest demand or do Councillors make decisions for votes &/or personal interest?

DECISIONS SHOULD BE BASED ON ACTUAL FACTS, accurate reports and BENEFIT RESIDENTS

The 3 main protagonists for Brentwood Borough Council who understand made the original decision:

Councillor Barry Aspinell comments, when leader of Brentwood Borough Council, ward Pilgrims Hatch:
Claimed this development will have the least effect on Brentwood Residents.
Councillor Philip Baker, Brentwood First, Chair of Planning & Development Committee
 ward Shenfield: (Advised stood down May 2015)
On BBC Essex, 2014/5, stated People do not realise this area even belongs to Brentwood as is over the other side of the A128/A127: when asked about
population of 20,000: Replied it is desirable area, What should we do Move to Carlisle, Yorkshire Moors.
Councillor Philip Mynott, Liberal Democrat, Vice-Chair Brentwood Planning and Development Control Committee, ward Brentwood North:
On March 12th 2015 at a meeting at James Hornsby School held by the action group RAID, used scaremongering tactics to push for development at Dunton,
indicating if not agreed Government would force through decision!

Understand now supported by other Brentwood councillors to protect their own areas from development,
as DUNTON is considered OUT OF BRENTWOODs DISTRICT.

ANY DEVELOPMENT MUST be FULLY supported by substantiated reasoning, which at present is not forthcoming.
Brentwood’s proposed development is completely unjustified at Dunton as proven when you read below.

(Fairness, Common Sense and Justice for all, not just to benefit certain councillors of one council area),
and certainly not to the detriment of any other council area and its residents.

ºNew Homes”
Taking Brentwood Council’s own reports into consideration the Best areas in Brentwood to build developments (with inaccuracies amended) with actual excellent AIR QUALITY, INFRASTRUCTURE (e.g. Crossrail), job opportunities and other superb features are at: – (i) PILGRIMS HATCH (II) SHENFIELD (III) NORTH BRENTWOOD IV) GREENFIELD SITES North of A12 & (v) URBAN EXTENSIONS.
These areas in Brentwood should be rated as ONE GOLD STAR*, after speaking to their Chief Environmental Officer!
Also in Brentwood’s report states
‘For Pilgrims Hatch it seems likely that a new community would be vehicle orientated, leading to significant negative effects in terms of air quality’. The same actually applies to Dunton as it would be nearly totally vehicle orientated.
NOTE: Understand no new infrastructure being considered before 2031, just relying on Basildon’s overstretched services!

FACTS, REPORTS & COUNCILLORS COMMENTS appear to totally prove the following:

  • Brentwood intend to create a New Town not a village.
    Want to start with building 2,500 new homes at (DHGV) (over 45% of their 5,500 allocation and If you take West Horndon also into account this rises to over 55% of new homes South of the A127 which they consider OUT OF (Brentwood Districts AREA) besides Gypsy & Traveller pitches, then build 1,000 more New Homes  (Then increase further) and more Gypsy & Traveller pitches.
    (This is in addition to Basildon which wants to start with building 1,000 New Homes & later further 1,350 New Homes, plus Gypsy & Traveller pitches).
    Understand Brentwood can then increase size of town, by up to 50%, due to the land it will own!
  • Dunton is considered OUT OF (Brentwood Districts) AREA and describe Dunton as Fenland: Meaning a low and marshy or frequently flooded area of land/covered by shallow water meaning this site is totally unsuitable for development, but then the councils can give permission without the necessary proper drainage and water installation facilities works to be carried out.
    Brentwood Borough Council consider Dunton & West Horndon not in Brentwood District – OUT of AREA and so for VOTES
  • One can see what Brentwood think of Dunton by approving a WIND TURBINE in March 2015 next to Basildon site, described as a “blot on the landscape”,
    Ugly and Noisy (Constant droning sound)!
  • Brentwood Council are aware infrastructure costs will fall on Basildon Council to the detriment of its residents, taxes and services. Plus they will be making ALL the profits.
  • The reports (ACCURATELY AMENDED) prove that the best areas to develop are in the North of Brentwood, especially PILGRIMS HATCH but their councillors will ensure this never happens to prove these facts!
  • They appear to know of major gas pipeline in area, will it be safe and risk free but do not appear to care and assume everything will be dealt with by others!
  • They know the A127 has major problems but do not care as they advise this is responsibility of Essex County Council.

NOTE: In 1985 a New Town with 5,100 houses and far more infrastructure was proposed in Thurrock but was rejected.

SEE heading ‘DUNTON New Town compared to NEW COUNTRY TOWN’.
DUNTON is the WORST area in Brentwood reports, if accurately amended & missing information added, to build New Homes + Gypsy/Travellers Pitches which also indicates Soil/Water Contamination and Flooding!

The cost to overcome water/soil contamination and Flooding appears to mean this site is totally unviable,
but then Brentwood council can give permission without the necessary proper drainage and water installation facilities/works to be carried out.

MAJOR PROBLEMS for development at DUNTON:

Any building development at DUNTON must be perfectly safe and risk free, advising how the following problems will be overcome to ensure none of them ever occur/never happens!
Probably the finance needed would make sites unviable from the possibility of a NIGHTMARE SCENARIO with MAJOR SITE PROBLEMS now or in the future:
(a) SOIL &/or WATER CONTAMINATION
(b) FLOODING
(c) SURFACE WATER
(d) GAS EXPLOSION – GAS LEAKS
(e) Adversely affect Biodiversity
(f) GRIDLOCK (e.g. A127)
MAY MEAN HIGHER INSURANCE PREMIUMS or if any of (a) – (d) happen – NO INSURANCE available!

BRENTWOOD BOROUGH COUNCIL planning do not answer questions, they refer you to read reports, even knowing factually inaccurate or information not contained theirin!
If accurately amended
PILGRIMS HATCH and in NORTH BRENTWOOD are the best areas
Reports describe site at DUNTON as FENLAND (Meaning a low and marshy or frequently flooded area of land/covered by shallow water meaning this site is totally unsuitable.
It appears only wish to be re-active considering these problems if/when arise, not pro-active ensuring none of these problems arise.
The cost to overcome water/soil contamination and Flooding effectively alone, probably means this site would be totally unviable but then Brentwood Council appear not to have even considered, on speaking to planning!

CONCLUSION

THIS BRINGS INTO QUESTION BASILDON COUNCILs proposed development at DUNTON, especially as no new infrastructure proposed.

On speaking to government institutions/departments it is beginning to appear that there are no safeguards for residents and councils can proceed with unethical developments at will.

BASILDON COUNCIL NOT TAKING REAL ACTION means THE FOLLOWING FACTS: -

  • BRENTWOOD COUNCIL will have ALL FINANCIAL BENEFITS: Millions of pounds from government, besides Council taxes and other grants.
    .
  • Basildon Councillors aware, taking no action means ALL COSTS and the financial burden due to lack of or no real infrastructure will fall on Basildon
    District and its residents, year on year,
    with increased council taxes accordingly and/or fewer services, e.g. Schools, Health, Transport, Roads etc.
    .
  • BASILDON COUNCIL MUST TAKE ACTION recommending Brentwood Council develop Pilgrims Hatch, North Brentwood and North of A12
    (including greenfield sites in these areas) as their reports justify if accurately amended.

The whole of DUNTON, therefore, should be under Basildon Council control and NO NEW HOMES ever built.

Basildon Council MUST stop Brentwood Borough Council’s unethical development plans to build over 55% of their housing requirements South of A127, 45% at Dunton and 10% at West Horndon, (which Brentwood consider is NOT in their DISTRICT),  as quoted by Councillors and in the media.

ONLY ACTION NOT WORDS will stop Brentwood’s proposed development BUT BASILDON COUNCILLORS FOR SOME REASON APPEAR TO BE TAKING
NO ACTION and nor do MPs.

  • MP’s and Councillors MUST Lead a campaign and make application to the BOUNDARY COMMISION for ENGLAND for a Boundary Change so at least ALL of DUNTON comes under Basildon Control, as Brentwood Borough Council do not consider Dunton (Even West Horndon) part of Brentwood District.

The costs to ensure no major problems and overcome water/soil contamination and Flooding appears to mean DUNTON is a totally unviable site for
development.

The discrepancy between Basildon building 19,440 new homes and Brentwood only 5,500 is totally unfair, appears based on unfair rules/statistical
information.

BRENTWOOD COUNCIL expect site to be vehicle orientated, same as Pilgrims Hatch AS STATED IN REPORTS, leading to Children expected to use Public Transport or be driven to schools, mainly in Laindon or Basildon with perhaps a few to Brentwood as advised by their planning department in 2017,  as no new schools planned before 2034.

Brentwood (Boast 6th in the Country for Greenbelt) has many superior areas,  no great cost in developing, especially in the North of the District and North of A12 with excellent infrastructure, job opportunities, superb transport links (including Crossrail) and air quality, plus promote to attract new businesses until it
appears it comes to housing development.


The highest professional standards are expected from everyone concerned but alas not from BRENTWOOD COUNCIL!
Basildon planning answer questions, whereas Brentwood planning direct you just to reports, whether or not they contain accurate information or
anything relating to the question!

No development should even be considered at Dunton until professional report(s) fully resolves all issues, with ‘t’s crossed and ‘i’s dotted,

Understand Essex Wildlife Trust is also against DUNTON LOSS of GREENBELT, plus it’s Biodiversity by proposed development.

LATEST NEWS:
1) Initially Basildon council needed to meet a housing target of 15,260, but this figure has recently been increased to 19,440 across the borough.
2) READ — BRENTWOOD Councillor Barry Aspinell‘s Politically Motivated comments, Under Heading ‘Councillors Comments’ taken FROM — Essex Live News article 10th January 2017
.
Appears they removed article from their website after added to ours within 2 weeks!
3) 2017 IN PRESS: BASILDON BOROUGH COUNCIL opposing BRENTWOOD BOROUGH COUNCILS development at Dunton.
However, advised not taking any real action.
4) For  Brentwood Councils Latest Consultation (see below) from Monday 29 January to Monday 12 March 2018.

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ALSO  – PLEASE See – Action Group – RAID (See under heading RAID & PLANNING

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BRENTWOOD DRAFT LOCAL PLAN: PREFERRED SITE ALLOCATIONS CONSULTATION
The consultation document and supporting documents are available for public consultation for six weeks from Monday 29 January to Monday 12 March 2018

How Do I Comment?
The consultation document and supporting documents are available for public consultation for six weeks from Monday 29 January to Monday 12 March 2018.

You can respond directly online at our website www.brentwood.gov.uk/localplan

Following online links to the ‘Local Plan Consultation Portal’ is the quickest and easiest way to comment.

Alternatively, you can respond by completing a comment form, available from our new temporary reception at 1-2 Seven Arches Road, Brentwood (next to the Town Hall), or download from our website, and return to us.

Email us at:               planning.policy@brentwood.gov.uk
Write to us at:            Planning Policy Team, Brentwood Borough Council, Town Hall, Brentwood, Essex, CM15 8AY

Public Drop-In Events
Officers will be available to answer questions at public events during the consultation period.

  • Monday 19 February, 7pm to 9pm – Tipps Cross Remembrance Hall, Blackmore Road, Hook End, CM15 0DT
  • Monday 26 February, 4pm to 7pm – Ingatestone & Fryerning Community Centre, 7 High Street, Ingatestone, CM4 9ED
  • Thursday 1 March / Friday 2 March / Saturday 3 March (times to be confirmed) – Baytree Centre, Brentwood, CM14 4BX
  • Monday 5 March, 4pm to 7pm – St Francis – Christabella Wing, Thorndon Avenue, West Horndon, CM13 3TR

Should you have any questions about the consultation please contact the Planning Policy Team on 01277 312620 or email planning.policy@brentwood.gov.uk