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NEW Threat to Green Belt

Basildon Council have announced a new consultation on additional sites with the potential for 1300 houses in the Billericay area over and above those included in the Draft Local Plan published in January.

This Association has formed a working group with Billericay Action Group and Billericay Society in order to raise awareness and prepare a co-ordinated response. For more details look at our Local Plan page.

LOCAL PLAN: A Clarion Call to Action

This is it. If you want to make a difference to the future of our town and district join us in making your voice heard. There are many nay sayers who will believe it to be a waste of time however no action will result in change being made anyway. Change which will impact on us all.
We have a case since the latest consultation document offers a number of new and revised sites for expanding housing provision and a clear statement that we can only comment on these sites. There is no indication whether these are as well as or instead of the ones in the previous consultation. There is a statement that no decisions have been made but unless we say something the decision will be an easy one.

It is clear that developers are the prime movers in the content of this consultation and there is no precise detail of accompanying infrastructure for all the sites other than increasing the density of housing. It is also clear the BBC are aware that lack of Government funding in a few years time is a key driver for them.
Where are the details about all the aspects of infrastructure i.e. schools, surgeries, roads, rail, hospital places and so on.  We had a case and strong grounds for being dissatisfied with the previous consultation as we do with this one.

You will have seen in the local press that BDRA, Billericay Action Group and Billericay Society have joined together to give the town and district a united voice. Their meeting on 26th November was an opportunity to hear details and ways of making your voice heard. There will be a joint submission by an independent planning consultant making our case. Because of the tight time window for responses our executive committee ask you to trust the response on your behalf. A copy will be available on our website as soon as possible
www.bdra.org. but is likely to be very close to the deadline. The previous responses are on the website which can help you to get your thoughts together on the issues if you need to.

Meanwhile please look at the details here and respond to as many sites as you can. I am responding especially to the ones I have the greatest knowledge of i.e. the ones in Great Burstead.

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