THURROCK Council has received an application to build 750 homes in the Green Belt immediately north of Gable Hall school on the Southend Road in Corringham.
Known as Williamsons Farm (15/00205/OUT) the outline plans can be found on the council’s website
The proposal does not detail much of the proposal, it just seeks to establish the use of the Green Belt land for development, but outlines plans for a school, shops and a railway station.
The council and developers have reached agreement that the plan will not go before the planning committee until September – beyond the standard deadline for determining the application and although the official consultation period is limited to the statutory three weeks, much longer will be allowed.
David Bull, Thurrock Council’s director of planning and transportation, said: “This is a very ambitious but contentious proposal and although most of the scheme is not detailed, it is still very complex and needs a very thorough examination by the planning team.
“We also want as many people as possible to have their say – and not to feel rushed into doing so – and that is why we will accept consultation comments up to and including the whole of August.
“In that way I am confident we can have a full and reasoned discussion, examining at advantages and the disadvantages of this plan and its possible effects on the immediate area and wider across Thurrock.”
The application is for outline permission with all matters reserved except means of access to the site. It includes up to 750 homes, a “local centre” up to 500m of retail and community uses with shops, restaurants and cafÃ©s.
It also proposes vehicular, cycle and pedestrian accesses from Southend Road together with that road’s partial realignment and the creation of a roundabout with vehicular, pedestrian and cycle access from Lampits Hill and pedestrian access from Lampits Lane.
The proposals include a new two-form entry primary school, a possible new railway station including station building, associated access, car parking and bus interchange, strategic flood storage area, new public open space, and surface water attenuation.