BASILDON COUNCIL

UPDATED 10th September 2018

BREAKING NEWS:

SO WHER’EVER YOU LIVE IN BASILDON DISTRICT YOU WILL BE PAYING INCREASED COUNCIL TAX &/OR HAVE REDUCED SERVICES & likely HAVE SEVERE PROBLEMS, increasing year on year, if/when BRENTWOOD’s development – Dunton Hills garden Village proceeds.

DUNTON GARDEN SUBURB (Large Town)

proposed developments by Brentwood & Basildon Borough Councils intended to be built by the back door, so lack of real scrutiny.

Dunton Hills Garden Village – DHGV (Brentwood – 5,000 New Homes) & Dunton (Basildon – 3,500 New Homes)

30,000 + RESIDENTS, 17,000 VEHICLES + OVER 50 TRAVELLERS/GYPSY PITCHES

Cllr. Baggott, Conservative leader of Basildon Council COMMENTS at meeting in Langdon Hills on 23rd August 2018 means he backs DHGV and he
(the Conservatives) want to build up to 3,500 at Dunton.
Note was reduced to 300 New Homes at Dunton early in 2018 by Labour/UKIP alliance, now increasing to 3,500.

Reason to build at Dunton is two-fold:
(i) One reason the Conservatives have reduced housing in certain areas and will put forward Local Plan with vast shortfall regarding the Housing Target is so Dunton will have a Large Town, claiming government made them build there but was in fact always their intention.
(ii) Second reason is so can claim improved infrastructure which they hope to negotiate with Brentwood Council.
In Conservatives original proposals for Dunton claimed this side of Basildon was in a deprived area (Though consists of Langdon Hills, Laindon & Dunton).

HOWEVER WHAT THE CONSERVATIVES DO NOT POINT OUT regarding DHGV IS THE FOLLOWING: -
They wish to only look at the short term benefits for voting purposes and not the adverse effects on ALL residents, as not prepared to consider action that actually can be taken against Brentwood Council and their Local Plan which means, every year on year:
(Whether you live in Billericay, Basildon, Laindon, Pitsea, Vange and Wickford)
BASILDON RESIDENTS TO PAY FOR DHGV by -
(a) Increased Council Tax
(b) Reduced Council Services
(c) Adversely affect: Schools, Health services, Roads and Transport etc.

  • Baggott, Conservative (INACCURATE COMMENTS) taken from persons NOTES of meeting:
    (Even though have grounds to oppose/stop DHGV but do not wish to consider taking action to protect Basildon District Residents.)
    (A) Said that he was correctly quoted, when he said “We can either see how we can negotiate with Brentwood which might mean some houses there but then we get the infrastructure or we send them a stiff letter saying how disappointed we are. Those are the two options that I see it, but other people might have other options they might want to suggest they can be brought to be table.”
    (B) He said that he cannot stop their development, but hopes that all of the reasons pointed out at the time of consultation, for why it shouldn’t go ahead, will be noted, and their local plan will fail. Because this can’t be guaranteed he will be left with the two options quoted, and believes in that situation it would be better for us to build houses too, so that we can get an improvement in infrastructure, as we know the DHGV/DGS proximity means they will be a drain on Basildon services.

This means it will become the Dunton Garden Suburb we fought so hard to avoid, but he says we will have all of the problems related to the Brentwood development otherwise, without any gains.
NOTE THE COSTS TO BASILDON RESIDENTS FAR OUTWEIGH ANY SHORT-TERM BENEFITS, year on year.

He stated repeatedly that the one thing he is adamant about is infrastructure first. He will state to Government, etc., that there needs to be significant improvements to things like the hospital, A127 and schools, etc., before this can go ahead, a MEANINGLESS COMMENT.
Reason is simple he/nor council can dictate terms.

He denies that it will be used as a way to put houses back in the Local Plan, that have been taken out from other parts of the borough,
(See point (i) above – THEIR BACK DOOR APPROACH), a false statement which the conservative actions tend to prove.

HOWEVER, BRENTWOOD COUNCIL MUST NOT BE ALLOWED TO BUILD ‘DUNTON HILLS GARDEN VILLAGE’ AND BASILDON COUNCIL MUST TAKE ACTION.
However, Basildon Council wish to take no action and the costs of a Legal Challenge by Residents would be too expensive.
Plus the government have rigged Housing Targets set by the National Planning Policy Framework, benefiting Councils like Brentwood and penalises Councils like Basildon.
Also the policy adopted by the Local Government Boundary Commission for England only acts when both councils involved ask for a boundary review. Therefore, protects the offending council (In this case brentwood) who dump New Homes infrastructure costs (Council Tax INCREASE &/or REDUCED SERVICES’ &/or
severe Problems
etc.) on another council (Basildon).

The above proves the government departments are ensuring that there is not a level playing field, for ALL councils.

NEW (15th March 2016)
Is GAS PIPELINE at DUNTON – dangerous!
http://www.echo-news.co.uk/news/14329667.Could_major_underground_gas_pipe_scupper_plans_for_a_2_000_home_Basildon_suburb_/

This should have been known by Basildon Council or was it and full details given and commented on. Appears deliberately hidden by both councils.
Does it effect Brentwoods proposals?

NEW HOMES BONUS
Paid to
BASILDON BOROUGH COUNCIL
by the Department for Communities and Local Government

2010/11 £295,000 2011/12 392,517 2012/13 £1,042,943 2013/14 £1,950,178 2014/15 £2,583,949
One can see how much increase in income over 5 year period. (876%)
NOTE: Councils receive around £1,500 for each New Home built for 6 years.
Build a 1,000 new homes a year and receive around £1.5 million pounds a year.

Basildon Council advise: The Government will appoint a Planning Inspector to examine the public (and activity which takes place in public) before determining whether the Draft Local Plan is sound, or good enough to adopt as part of the Development Plan for the whole Borough until 2034, sometime in 2018.

But Basildon Council must have full explanations in place, how to overcome major problems, written confirmation finance ring fenced to cover them and by Essex County Council (Roads and Drainage) and by C2C (for extra rolling stock).
Also far more detail on infrastructure and reference to Brentwood Borough Council building program which will affect the area and make it a Large town of 8,500+ homes in due course.

Basildon Borough Council must ensure all points below covered!

DUNTON NEW TOWN

In all but name taking into account Brentwood Borough Council’s proposals and total housing.

Referred to as DUNTON (Basildon Council) or DUNTON GARDEN SUBURB (Joint) or DUNTON HILLS GARDEN VILLAGE (Brentwood Council) – (Greenbelt Site).
Also referred to as – West Basildon Urban Extension (Green Belt to the west of Laindon)

TOPICS
re Development at
DUNTON

(LARGE New Town)!
. Basildon Borough Council
refer to Local Plan
2014 – 2034

pages 134 -138 eTC.
. DETAILS
&/or
COMMENTS
.
 Logical comments
VITAL INFORMATION MISSING
No comments how to overcome MAJOR PROBLEMS!
DWELLINGS
UNDERSTAND now wish to build up to
3,500 New Homes.
PREVIOUSLY
(i)
Start with 1,000 New Homes
and a care/nursing home.
(ii)
Add further 1,350 New Homes
+ Gypsy/Traveller pitches
+ Care/nursing home.
– Policy 10b to the south of the area is to
safeguard land for a further 1,350 homes,
a care/nursing homes and primary school
which would be provided after 2034.
Land within 10b would also be safeguarded
for providing a new secondary school,
but this could come forward
between 2016 and 2034,
and would not have to wait for
the delivery of 10b’s housing allocation.
3,500 New Homes
DUNTON GARDEN SUBURB
Now appears proceeding

20th February 2016
Advised joint consultation
with Brentford Council has come to an end.
1a) The Draft Local Plan does
not support the development
of Dunton Garden Suburb, the cross boundary
development
between Basildon and Brentwood Boroughs.
Page 138 of the Draft Local Plan sets it out as an
Alternative Option
to housing allocation H10
(which is set out across
page 134 to 137 – which does include the
existing Dunton Village),
but rejected it on the grounds that
Brentwood Borough Council
had not carried out comparable studies to
Basildon Borough Council
to determine it was a suitable location for
development.
Advised Basildon still have a legal duty to co-operate
with Brentwood Council.
Also possible subject to various details/agreements
it is possible that the
joint Dunton Garden Suburb project
could be resurrected!
HEALTH CENTRES/
Basildon Hospital


An on-site GP surgery
No details of when!
Laindon Health Centre
No spaces!

BASILDON HOSPITAL
Advised the Hospital and mental health units
are run by 2 separate organisations.
Advised developers not allowed to give any funds,
NHS responsibility,
however can give to expand car park.
DEVELOPERS – should therefore, pay for additional land
and 200 parking spaces!
Other developers in District should also be charged!
Currently at times hard to find a space anywhere,
(Driving round for ages).
MAJOR PROBLEM
Hospital has Black Days now
so how will it cope with increased population
and increased costs?
CHURCH


Advised Not allowed.
COUNCIL TAX

Understand expect yearly costs of major developments
to be self-financing after 15 years,
BUT IN THE CASE OF
DUNTON HILLS GARDEN VILLAGE
Basildon residents to pay for,
year on year
2018
DUNTON LARGE NEW TOWN

NOTED: Council Tax Increase, Reduced Services &
Severe Problems will be caused by
DUNTON HILLS GARDEN VILLAGE.
Also government cuts, so services may well be affected!
Should/WILL developers cover/be charged
at least part of this cost?
Informed agricultural land £40,000 per acre
building land say £1,000,000 per acre is this correct?
Multipurpose
COMMUNITY HALLS


20th February 2016
TBA – as information not in report.
Hopefully Council will advise before closing date for comments!
24th March 2016
Landscaping
Public Open Space
Parkland
& Water Features
& Associated
Ancillary Services

A new strategic open space (Not a new open space)
as well as
sports facilities relocated
from elsewhere in Basildon.
There are also requirements
for the development to be
landscaped with wildlife areas
and drainage upgrades.
Advised details to be in Final Local Plan in due course.
Details should have been included regarding
Wildlife and Biodiversity.
Then Essex Wildlife Trust against proposal in 2015,
could give their full comments
if accurate and what will development adversely effect!

Also Water Features:
Does this mean proper drainage
not being installed to stop flooding etc.?
Industrial/Office

Policy 10a
5.5hectares of employment land
to be provided by 2034
Retailing/Catering


20th February 2016
Advised few Local shops,
otherwise nearest shopping centre at Laindon.
LOWER THAMES CROSSING

Highways England proposals:Which option does the
council support?
Basildon Council are fully aware of the proposals.
Which option will Brentwood Council be supporting,
as they consider out of area?
20th February 2016
Advised Basildon Council supported option ‘C’
in 2013!
Have now to discuss which route, 2 – 4,
they prefer.
Advised first time these options given of route ‘C’.
Highways England state prefer option 3,
however, can they be trusted as Graham Dalton
when at the Highways Agency was less than honest at times,
which can be proven.
Route 4 would cause further/major problems
for the A127 and developments.
From reports/information it appears that some
MPs/Councillors decision may not be based on best route
but other factors!

Pre-School/PRIMARY SCHOOLS
NO SCHOOLS UNTIL AFTER 2034
AND THEN WHEN?
20th February 2016
on-site pre-school and primary school
to be provided when trigger hit –
Awaiting details from Council of trigger figures .
In report states after 2034!
Local Schools will not be able to cope !
SECONDARY SCHOOLS

NO SCHOOLS UNTIL AFTER 2034
AND THEN WHEN?

Advised none at first as expected to use,
Basildon, Billericay or Wickford spare places!
20th February 2016
Basildon will liaise with Essex County Council on this matter.
Secondary school possibly could be brought forward,
between 2016 and 2034!
SOIL & WATER
CONTAMINATION & Flooding

In reports stated this is
extremely likely.
How and what will Council do to ensure
none of this ever happens
or is it too costly?
Surface water problems is noted.
SEE PAGES 285, 290 and 291 (+NE5 & NE7) of
Basildon Borough Council – Draft Local Plan –
January 2016
SEE Also PAGE 136 point 11.95 in
Basildon Borough Council – Draft Local Plan –
January 2016
Land described as Fenland
by Brentwood Borough Council
(Meaning a low and marshy or frequently flooded area of
land/covered by shallow water)
Liable to flooding
Basildon Borough Council
note the problems
MAJOR PROBLEMS

WILL DRAINAGE UPGRADES deal with ALL these points
and stop them happening?
FULL DETAILS NOT PROVIDED,
does this mean site not cost effective
but will proceed by not
having full correct works carried out?
The cost to overcome water/soil contamination
and flooding appears to mean this
site is totally unviable,

but then the councils can give permission
without the necessary proper drainage
and water installation
facilities/works to be carried out
SERIOUS/MAJOR PROBLEMs
SOIL and WATER CONTAMINATION:
Advised responsibility of Land Local Flood Authority
(Essex County Council).
VERIFICATION/CONFIRMATION is needed from
ALL PARTIES Councils/Organisations
that any/all appropriate work
will be carried out to ensure that in the future:
No flooding problems &/or sewage problems
&/or SOIL and WATER CONTAMINATION
will ever occur!

TRANSPORT & ROADS,
The development will be
vehicle orientated.
No new Train Station

The scheme proposed a new link road
will be built across fields from West Mayne
to serve the site, rather than the existing
Lower Dunton Road junction closer to the A127;
This would need to be provided in the first phase
of the development
alongside junction enhancements to the
A127 Dunton Interchange.
MAJOR PROBLEMS

No mention of: – TRAINS
ROADS
A127 – Southend to London
Nothing mentioned about traffic jams and congestion now.
Will they ensure any development at DUNTON
will not exacerbate the problems?
You can only widen the A127 up to near B186
towards London
and hardly any distance towards Southend.
Also what about other roads including the A128
Why does the Council not comment
on these major problems, as will affect everyone?
BUS ROUTES
What arrangements have/will the Council make
about ensuring suitable bus routes?
20th February 2016
(i) TRAINS
Expect residents to use Laindon Station
(Fenchurch Street Line)

Informed: –
(a) C2C train platforms can all accommodate
12 carriages but this should be confirmed
by C2C in writing.

(b) C2C lease rolling stock
(c) C2C trains currently standing room only,
so they need to confirm can meet increased demand
and advise how it will be done.
(ii) A127
Only mentions junction at Dunton in report.
Advised Essex County Council responsibility so they
need to answer the following: –
(a) Informed maybe widened to 3 lanes each way
from A130 to B186.
If so what properties/industrial units
will have to be demolished?
What about Fortune of War junction?
(b) What are the alternatives to (a)?
(c) Will any alterations only improve the
A127 a short distance e.g. up to B186
& down to near the
Fortune of War roundabout?
(d) How will the major traffic jams/congestion be dealt
with as acknowledged at the James Hornsby School
meeting on March 12th 2015?
Advised Council only comments on roads in Borough
but would have thought should also comment
on problems caused for its residents nearby!

LINKS to Basildon Councils website: –
Local Plan statutory consultation documents: http://www.basildon.gov.uk/article/2009/Local-Plan-2014—2034
Evidence/ Research: http://www.basildon.gov.uk/article/2155/Local-Plan—Evidence-Base