District needs 845 new homes a year

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Several areas have been singled out for development as Braintree District Council faces the prospect of building 845 homes a year until 2033.

The council is holding a consultation until August 17, on its draft local plan, showing sights earmarked for homes to be built.

“We know need to build more homes so that our children and grandchildren can find homes to suit them,” said Graham Butland, leader of the council. “We need to deliver 845 homes each year between now and 2033 in order to comply with national guidelines and to meet locally-driven demand.

“We want your views so please get involved and tell us what you think. We will then make amendments to the draft before it goes out to public consultation again.”

In Halstead the draft plan includes 24 homes on land East of Cherry Tree Rise, 70 properties at The old wood yard site in Fenn Road, land east of the High Street, off St Andrew’s Road has been earmarked for 50 homes, while land at Balls Farm may have 20 homes built.

In surrounding villages the plan has earmarked land south of Cambridge Way, Bures Hamlet, for 85 homes and a further 20 on land south of Cambridge Way.

Land rear of Halstead Road in Earls Colne could have 80 properties built while land at Station Road could take a further 56.

The Former Tanners Dairy in Prayors Hill, Sible Hedingham has been earmarked for 50 homes.

To view the full draft local plan visit www.braintree.gov.uk/newlp.

To comment on the plans visit www.braintree.gov.uk/consultlp, email localplan@braintree.gov.uk or call 01376 552525.

You can also view the plans at Braintree District Council, Causeway House, Bocking End, Braintree, Essex, CM7 9HB.