January 25th, 2008 |
New Housing – The Debate Hots Up
The argument about where to allocate new housing in the district seems to be hotting up again.
According to the Echo:
Could a new town be the answer? Hawkwell Parish Council believes it is. It suggests a new town in the west of Rayleigh would be the best policy to pursue.
Originally, Rochford District Council officers had said Rayleigh should take the bulk of the new homes, but this was changed after angry opposition.
Revised plans worked out at a private meeting of councillors cut this number by half, but meant an increase in the allocation for villages across the district, particularly Hawkwell and Hullbridge.
Hawkwell Parish Council vice chairman Vic Leach said: “There is strong opposition to any major green belt development within the parish from many residents.
“Our preferred option for all housing requirements is to create a single new community within the district, thus allowing services and infrastructure to be properly and viably provided.
“This new community would be ideally situated in the west or north west of the district to allow best access to public transport, cycleways and dual carriageways.”
Mr Leach said if this option was not acceptable, development should be shared equally throughout the area, based on the size of parishes and their populations.”