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Homes plan 'will change village into town'
7:00am Friday 16th August 2013 in News
A FIGHT to save a Brentwood village being “destroyed” by development was stepped up as a lead objector met with MP Eric Pickles last week.
Brentwood Council is proposing to build 1,500 new homes on green belt land at West Horndon – an idea which has been branded “an absolute disaster”.
The chairman of West Horndon Parish Council, Anthony Crowley, said: “The development plan would be an absolute disaster for us – Brentwood wants us to take 43 per cent of the entire borough’s new housing requirements.
“It’s going to change us from a village into a small town and pretty much destroy most of what the residents came here for.”
The village currently has just over 700 properties, and the plan – part of the borough’s new housing strategy – would see that figure almost triple.
Mr Crowley said objectors understand the need for some new housing, especially in industrial areas of the village – but would be drawing up counter-proposals to put to the council.
He met Brentwood MP and local government minister Eric Pickles last week over the issue.
Mr Pickles said: “I was very impressed by the positive nature of the residents’ desire to retain the character of West Horndon, while at the same time being realistic about the possibility of the need for some expansion in the village.
“We discussed alternative proposals and will now both try to put some plans together.”
Mr Pickles will be holding a surgery in the village’s church hall on Friday, August 16, from 4.30pm to 7.30pm, to discuss the issue with residents.
The parish council will also be holding a series of meetings to get the views of locals before submitting its counter-proposals before the October deadline.
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