Developer’s triple bid for housing site in Clacton

Housing plans. Library image. Picture: PA

Housing plans. Library image. Picture: PA - Credit: PA

A developer has submitted three bids to build homes on land in west Clacton.

In November Tendring District Council’s planning committee turned down outline proposals from Bloor Homes for 240 homes on land between Rush Green Road and Jaywick Lane, despite officers recommending the plans were approved.

Now Bloor Homes has confirmed it has launched an appeal against the decision, as well as submitting two further outline planning applications for the site – one for 276 homes, and one for 220.

The site is allocated for housing in the draft local plan for Tendring, setting out the blueprint for development across the district, but this has not yet been adopted.

Councillors turned down the 240 home plans on the grounds that it reduced the green gap between Clacton and Jaywick, there were inadequate health facilities and school places nearby, and that it was too reliant on private transport rather than buses.

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The new planning applications look to address those issues, with more open space at the edges of the developments.

A legal agreement was due to confirm financial commitments towards additional school places and health facilities.

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The application for 276 homes states the higher amount of housing is to ensure the site remains financially viable.

A Bloor Homes spokesman confirmed an appeal was in the process of being lodged on the scheme refused by the planning committee in October.

He added: “Whilst we maintain this was an appropriate scheme for a site which had been identified as a preferred allocation in the draft local plan, a decision has been made to submit two further planning applications on the site for consideration by the council.

“Both of these new applications seek to address the earlier reasons for refusal.”

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