A large development a short distance from Shenfield railway station has been deemed not to significantly impact the environment, according to a new report.
Land off Shenfield Road has been allocated comprising up to 825 residential dwellings, a residential care home, co-located primary school and early years and childcare nursery and employment land.
The environmental impact assessment application – which ensures that Brentwood Borough Council, the local planning authority, decides planning permission in the full knowledge of the likely significant effects – has concluded “that significant effects on the environment are not considered likely either alone or in combination with other development.”
The land – which makes up a major part of the borough’s long-term housing plan – is being developed in combination by Croudace Homes, Stonebond Properties, Redrow Homes and Countryside Properties.
The pre-application step comes as Brentwood Council seeks sign-off for its local plan – for where 7,787 homes should be built between 2016 and 2033 – from the government inspector.
Other major allocations in the plan include 580 homes on West Horndon Industrial Park, 473 split across the former Ford HQ and Warley waste depot and 300 in the William Hunter Way car park.
Other significant allocations include 200 homes for land off Doddinghurst Road, 100 in Brentwood railway station car park, 125 on land east of Nags Head Lane, 161 on land south of Ingatestone and 57 adjacent to the Ingatestone bypass.
Only the huge garden village in the south of the borough in Dunton, that may grow eventually to 4,000 homes, is bigger than the Officers Meadow site.
A report compiled by planning experts Barton Willmore said: “In conclusion therefore, this screening assessment has identified that significant effects on the environment are not considered likely either alone or in combination with other development.
“The proposals would be of a sufficiently limited scale that effects could be managed in accordance with standard methods and best practice measures.
“The proposed development is therefore not considered to be formal EIA development as defined by the EIA regulations.”