Decisions due on plans for 450 homes across north Essex

Site of former Martello Caravan Park in Walton

Site of former Martello Caravan Park in Walton - Credit: Archant

Proposals for nearly 400 homes in Tendring are tipped to be approved next week.

Planning officers at Tendring District Council have recommended two schemes in Walton and Great Bentley are approved by members of the authority’s planning committee on Tuesday night.

Taylor Wimpey has put forward plans for 237 homes on the site of the former Martello Caravan Park off Kirby Road, Walton, as part of the wider re-development of the site.

Councillors deferred a decision on the proposals at last month’s meeting to allow further discussion between the developers and planners on the design of some of the homes and use of shared space and garages.

Taylor Wimpey has now revised its designs and the scheme is being put forward for approval by council officers, while talks about funding local education provision are ongoing.

Other plans for the Martello site, not from Taylor Wimpey, include a health centre, supermarket and pub/hotel.

Outline proposals for up to 150 homes on Station Field, off Plough Lane in Great Bentley, have also been earmarked for approval by council planners.

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Moonlight Limited has submitted plans for the housing, as well as some employment development, which are deemed “sustainable” by the authority’s officers.

As part of the plans the developers would also pay for Network Rail to install a pedestrian bridge to replace an existing unmanned level crossing linking the site if the footpath cannot be closed or diverted.

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Great Bentley Parish Council has opposed the plans as being too large for the village with a concern on the impact of additional traffic, while a number of local residents have also voiced their opposition to the proposal.

Not all proposals before the committee are being backed.

Plans for 60 homes on a site off Cockaynes Lane in Alresford have been put forward for refusal as the “environmental impacts would be significantly adverse with the distinctive character of Cockaynes Lane and this part of Alresford village being altered in a detrimental way”.

This site is opposite land put forward by another developer for up to 145 homes which was rejected by Tendring District Council, and will now form part of a public inquiry by the planning inspectorate early next year.

The planning committee meets from 6pm at the Tendring District Council offices in Weeley on Tuesday, October 20.

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