The plan for the development of Queens Park was published in 1967. It was the biggest development ever to be undertaken in Billericay, covering an area of some 148 acres of the plotland estate known as Queens Park, Mill Hill and Mill Hill Wood. Woodlands and scrub covered much of the area which was largely wasted and lost to agriculture, lacking in public services and fronting unmade roads
At the time we had 2 RA candidates on the District Council. They, well briefed on members’ feelings in the Area Committees, kept a close watch on the original proposals and the numerous revisions.
On 8 March 1974 an agreement was signed by Basildon Urban District Council and the Queens Park Consortium Ltd which contained proposals regarding, amongst other things, the exchange of land, planning permission for housing, building of roads and roundabouts, provision of recreational facilities including a Country Park, all of which were carefully monitored by the Associations’ councillors.
The policy of the Residents’ Association has been consistently against development in the Green Belt. Thus a continuous watch is kept on planning applications which are submitted for development within the Green Belt, and also within the town, especially in the High Street Conservation Area.
In places where planning applications were refused by the Council and subsequently where the applicants appealed against that decision the Residents’ Association was represented at the inquiries concerning all major developments. Examples include : 80- acres at Southend Road, land at Norsey Meadows, Outwood Farm Road, Mountnessing Road, Hannakins Farm, not forgetting land north and west of Norsey View Drive.