Developer moves forward with Shoebury homes plan

A developer is pushing ahead with plans for 72 new homes on the site of a former warehouse, close to the 214-home development on Shoebury Garrison.

Taylor Wimpey has submitted a preliminary application for the homes on the Cantel Medical warehouse site in Campfield Road, Shoebury, following a public consultation.

Planning officers have confirmed no environmental impact study will be needed prior to a more detailed application being submitted.

However, neighbours of the development say they are concerned about the additional traffic, pollution, loss of employment, and the impact on wildlife.

Shoebury Residents Association also raised concerns about traffic, GP capacity and flooding issues.

Peter Lovett, vice-chairman of the group, said: “We’ve looked at the plans and there is not much we can object to as it follows all the correct procedures, but we are very concerned about the flooding in Campfield Road and the excess traffic on the Ness Road junction.

“We regularly get flooding there. We’ve had manhole covers lifted 18in off the ground because the storm drains are already overloaded.

“The ambulance station there has been flooded several times. We also need more infrastructure before we get more housing.”

Last month it was reported that work at the Shoebury Garrison will begin next year after Bellway Homes acquired the land between Barge Pier Road and Ness Road from previous owner Garrison Developments.

Historic England have called for a geological survey of the Campfield Road site near the Shoebury Garrison Conservation area to assess the impact on heritage assets.

The organisation said: “We would expect the assessment to clearly demonstrate that the extent of the proposed study area is of the appropriate size to ensure that all heritage assets likely to be affected by this development have been included and can be properly assessed.

“Within a 500m radius of the proposed site there are 28 Grade II listed buildings, one scheduled ancient monument and their settings in the area around the site. We recommend that a landscape and visual impact assessment provides heritage specific viewpoints.”

A Taylor Wimpey spokesperson said: “We are grateful to everyone who has provided feedback on our proposals to regenerate an area of land off Campfield Road for residential development.

“We are currently considering comments both from the consultation and from planning officers at Southend Council as we finalise our designs. We hope to submit a full planning application in the coming weeks.”

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Christine Sexton

Local Democracy Reporter