Updated19th March 2018 – Comment 2015

Dunton Village will be obliterated by ‘Dunton’ (Basildon) & Dunton Hills Garden Village’ (Brentwood).


Extracted information from report by Brentwood Gazette, 6th March 2015, with comments.

Edward Cowen, Dunton Community Association chairman, who has lived in the hamlet of Dunton Wayletts for 30 years, argues too many new homes are
being built in London and the South East already: Claims the new development will turn his hamlet into a suburb of Basildon.

With its 6,000 homes, can be increased vastly because of the amount of land Brentwood Borough Council will own. So
instead of talking about 20,000+ people as they did on Essex Radio (with up to 12,000 cars) you could be talking about 30,000+ people (with 18,000 cars)!

Therefore, this is really a NEW TOWN being proposed, not a Garden Suburb. The infrastructure needed to cope is
totally inadequate.

The VILLAGE that can trace its roots back to the Domesday Book will be obliterated if plans for the ‘Dunton’ (Basildon) & Dunton Hills Garden Village’ (Brentwood) go ahead which will break the mould of green belt protection and “disturb every aspect of life for the area’s current homeowners and those living in the south-east of Essex.”.
He fears every similar location around the capital will be under even more pressure from developers and landowners, mainly
because of London’s problem a lack of houses. You can’t just spread out until the whole South East is covered up and the north is left, with their unemployed! If the industry in the South East is transportable then transport it.

If Manchester had the same kick start as London they would be a lot further ahead. ‘Real buzz’ in the North West, North East and Birmingham and these areas have not been developed. If that starts to develop, people will be drawn there. The burden must be distributed around the UK.

Mr Cowen warned profits involved in the conversion of green belt to residential/commercial use are so great, the building will not stop.


“Traffic going along the A128 into Brentwood, Billericay and into Shenfield onto the A12 is a nightmare. People say
extend the A128 – how can you possibly extend the A128?”
                          Not Brentwood’s problem, they are aware of significant problems on A127 already e.g. Congestion/pollution and proposal may well cause roads to be gridlocked, including local roads e.g. Dunton flyover and A127. Causing problems for all those from Southend to London and vice versa.
Trains:                       Brentwood to rely on Laindon and West Horndon Stations– C2C now has standing room only/no extra capacity, so again cause major problems this time for commuters. When coming home from London  to travel as far as Southend standing room only if able to get on a train!

Indicated in reports likely flooding, soil & water CONTAMINATION  which may well adversely affect Basildon Residents? Brentwood refer to Dunton as Fenland so understand why reports state providing water features!
Basildon state Dunton is ‘A critical Drainage Area’.

Further selling points include access to secondary schools in Laindon, Basildon, Wickford and Billericay but not enough availability of places!
The M25 is only 4.5 miles away (ignoring commenting on traffic jams/congestion/pollution), whilst Fenchurch Street can be reached in half an hour on train, but not from ‘Dunton’ & Dunton Hills Garden Village’ as people will have to drive to Laindon or West Horndon Stations and find a parking space or eventually there may be a bus service!