UP to 350 new homes including a significant level of affordable housing could be built for Chadwell St Mary and Orsett Heath under an outline planning application by CJC Development Co Ltd at ‘Heath Place’. The 15.7 hectare (38 acre) site lies east of Heath Road, adjacent to Greyhound Lane and the northern edge of Chadwell St Mary.
The proposals were informed by a comprehensive environmental impact assessment as well as consultation with those living in neighbouring areas, including a workshop in June and drop-in exhibition in October. Potential impacts on Green Belt, traffic, schools, healthcare, views and wildlife were some of the key issues raised via this consultation. In response CJC has designed a scheme which is well-integrated with the existing community, paying close attention to boundary treatment, landscaping, building heights and highway safety. The scheme provides a new park, play area for children and extensive green spaces, including an extension to Old House Wood and habitats for wildlife. Financial contributions to support local services and facilities are likely to approach £1.8m.
Jonathan Chastney, Director at CJC said “Given an acute shortage of housing in Thurrock the Council has accepted that additional land, including Green Belt, is required in order to meet the needs of Thurrock’s communities. In response, we have been urging Thurrock Council to carry out a comprehensive Green Belt review to identify the most appropriate sites for development. All our assessments point to Heath Place as being a logical opportunity for Green Belt land release, delivering new homes and wider benefits in an area already identified for growth as part of the Council’s adopted Core Strategy”.
As part of the formal planning process Thurrock Council will consult with residents and stakeholders on the plans and should make a decision by February 2014.