Tendring: Council reveals plans to attract new investment in housing and local economy

FRESH details have emerged about plans in Tendring to improve housing and open up the district to investment.

Civic chiefs have approved draft proposals governing where new development will take place over the next decade.

It includes a radical shift – revealed by the East Anglian Daily Times yesterday – to build more homes in rural areas and move the burden away from Clacton.

Councillor Neil Stock, leader of Tendring District Council (TDC), said the plan was also “flexible and agile” and better suited to attracting inward investment.

He said: “We want big businesses which employ several hundred people to come here to increase wealth and employment opportunities.

“That means we have to have flexibility and agility. If they want to go to a site that is not allocated we need to be able to deal with that.”

Cllr Stock, addressing the issue of more homes being built in rural areas, added: “Housing allocations have been previously questioned and those with concerns should be quite delighted in the way we have re-allocated and reduced the numbers.”

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Cllr Carlo Gugliel-mi, cabinet member for planning at TDC, said the plan would require developers to build rooms to a minimum size, which is designed to reduce the number of homes of multiple occupancy.

He added: “The council is introducing a policy which will require developers to build homes of a decent size – meeting old fashioned Parker Morris standards.

“It is about aspirational housing which will attract people to the district.

“People with money who will invest in our economy.”