Warley residents “being let down” in homes plan

Residents are “being let down” in plans for 133 homes on land owned formerly by Ford in Brentwood, a borough councillor has said.

While the main HQ is being developed by Land Charter into 320 flats, the development of the old Ford car park site into 133 flats and houses will mean 453 new properties in Warley – and potentially 1,200 to 1,500 new residents.

The plans for the 133 homes are recommended for approval when Brentwood Council meets on Tuesday, June 29. The main HQ did not need planning permission according to permitted development rights.

Some infrastructure contributions are expected from the developers as part of the plans – including an upgrade of existing zebra crossing on Eagle Way – between the north and south to a signalised crossing for pedestrians and cyclists – as well as Section 106 monies totalling to around £400,000.

But Essex County Council cannot make a case for an education contribution from this site at this time and will not be making a request.

Two of the nearest schools are Warley Primary School – 0.3 miles away – and Holly Trees Primary School – which is 0.8 miles away.

In recent figures the furthest distance a child travelled to Warley Primary School was 3.1 miles. The furthest a child travelled to Holly Trees Primary School was 0.8 miles.

The Mid and South Essex NHS Clinical Commissioning Group has calculated that the development could generate approximately 319 residents and subsequently, increase demand upon existing constrained services.

The group has calculated that this extra demand could cost as much as £50,301 to reconfigure services and has asked that payment be made before the development commences.

Borough councillor David Kendall, who has previously expressed concern over the development, said: “I can’t see what real community benefits there are at all to the residents of Warley. I think residents are being let down.

“I’m not on planning – but if I were I would be voting against it.”

Piers Meyler

Local Democracy Reporter