New nursery application for Billericay farm park

A bid to transform a storage building on a Billericay farm park into a new nursery school have been launched.

Kids Play Childcare are the proposed occupants of the storage building at Barleylands Farm, according to an application validated by Basildon Borough Council on February 15.

According to planning documents, the nursery would have a capacity of 92 children and 20 full time staff.

The business has already been running for 18 years in other locations, the documents continue.

A section reads: “The proposed occupiers are “Kids Play Childcare” who have an ethos of providing stimulating environments and activities to encourage learning.”

A later section reads: “The company is looking for premises in the Essex area and the obvious location is adjacent to the existing farm park at Barleylands.

“There is an agreement in place should permission be granted that the nursery will have daily access to the Farm Park for educational visits.”

The documents continue to say the business provides early education for children from 6 weeks to 12 years.

It already has 15 Ofsted-registered locations in the South East, 13 of which are themselves run on existing farm parks.

The nursery would be open Monday-Friday, and would also operate during school holidays with reduced numbers.

According to the documents, 20 per cent of the child care spaces will be taken up by staff already working at the farm park.

Access would be through the existing site entrance on Barleylands Road and car parking would be immediately next to the building proposed to house the nursery.

The applicant is seeking change of use permission from Basildon Borough Council for the storage building to educational use.

According to its website, Barleylands farm park is owned by the Philpot family, who started farming in 1937.

The site, which is home to many different types of animals including reptiles and birds of prey, and has an indoor animal barn, already caters for school and educational visits.

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Charlie Ridler

Local Democracy Reporter