New homes plans on Thurrock’s border

A MEMORANDUM of Understanding could be signed between Basildon and Brentwood Borough Councils to work together on the potential development of new homes to meet the government’s directive to meet housing shortfalls.

The agreement will ensure both councils work together to investigate whether the land to the west of Laindon and east of West Horndon, has any potential of meeting some of the development needs of both authorities through a cross boundary development opportunity.

The Localism Act 2011 requires Local Planning Authorities to cooperate on strategic, cross boundary planning matters.

The memorandum of understanding is due to be signed by Basildon Borough Council and Brentwood Borough Council by the 4th November 2014.

Cllr Dr Richard Moore, Basildon Council’s cabinet member for planning and regeneration, said:

“This memorandum of understanding will enable Basildon and Brentwood to investigate opportunities that could eventually lead to the development of much needed new homes in both boroughs.

“It is essential that we fully investigate potential areas for development properly to ensure we make the most of possible opportunities we have within our boundaries.”

Cllr Phil Baker, Brentwood Borough Council’s Chair of the Planning and Development Committee, added:

“Having had an extensive consultation in Brentwood on the Local Plan last year, we have listened to our residents concerns about protecting the villages. We look forward to working with Basildon to explore – and the key word here is explore – the best way of delivering the new homes our residents and their families need in the future”.

A consultation document for this proposal will be discussed at Basildon Council’s cabinet on 4th December.

The document will set out the context, challenges, and constraints of the area.

It will also be seeking public and stakeholder views on whether the initial concept for development should be taken any further by both Councils as part of Local Development Plan preparation and through the duty to cooperate.

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