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Plan for 750 homes on green belt unveiled
CONTROVERSIAL plans to build a new village on green belt it bought near Pitsea have finally been unveiled.
Residents living near the controversial Chalvedon Hall site yesterday pledged to continue to fight the development of 750 homes plus shops and a primary school.
They fear it will be the first phase of development that could end up being nearly 1,300 houses.
Nottinghamshire County Council paid £4.2million for the site in january 2011 before confirming it wanted to develop a housing estate as an investment for its pension fund.
Following a public consultation, which triggered a campaign by residents against the scheme, the planning application was submitted this week.
Rose Griffin, chairwoman of Bowers Gifford and North Benfleet Residents Association, said the group met with the county council’s agent Meridian Strategic land before the plans went in.
She said: “They said the plans were open for Basildon Council to increase the number of dwellings to 1,296 if it wished. Meridian believed that central government would require Basildon to build more houses.’’
The association fears the development will but strain on roads, doctors surgeries and schools in the area plus worsen flooding. It is also concerned about the impact on a wildlife corridor between Pitsea and Canvey marshes which it is claimed is home to great crested newts, adders, bats, woodpeckers, herons and muntjac deer.
The Echo contacted Meridian but got no response. However, reports filed with the application said it had consulted hundreds of residents and listed to their concerns.
It said: ‘’Meridian is delighted to submit a scheme that had the opportunity to listen to local residents concerns, addressing them wherever possible in the proposals. They are fully committed to stakeholder engagement, consultation and communication and to this end ensured that the local community were invited to give feedback on the proposals.”