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Dunton Hills Garden Village
Garden Village Announcement
Proposals for a new garden village, housing up to 2,500 new homes, with the possibility of further housing being built in future decades, along with new schools, employment and commercial space together with community and healthcare facilities, received financial backing from the Government in January 2017.
The announcement followed the Council's expression of interest in response to the Locally-Led Garden Villages, Towns and Cities opportunity. A total of 51 bids were submitted to Government from across the country with Dunton Hills being one of only 14 garden village schemes selected, with an additional three garden towns.
Selection provides the Council support in terms of status for ongoing discussion with stakeholders, access to expertise through the Homes and Communities Agency, and some delivery enabling funding.
The Council is now working with the Homes and Communities Agency and Government to identify next steps. This will be through the plan-making process and in line with the proposed Local Development Plan strategy to maintain local character - our Borough of Villages.
Dunton Garden Suburb
Consultation took place in early 2015 on a concept to deliver a potential cross boundary opportunity to the west of Laindon (Basildon Borough) and east of West Horndon (Brentwood Borough) for 4,000 to 6,000 homes together with retail and leisure uses, Gypsy and Traveller pitches, commercial buildings, open spaces, local facilities and improved infrastructure routes.
In November 2014 both Brentwood and Basildon Councils signed a Memorandum of Understanding setting out the initial terms and conditions for joint project arrangements to explore the concept further in accordance with the Duty to Cooperate. Both Councils agreed to prepare a joint consultation document to explore the potential of the project.
Reference copies of the documents that were subject to public consultation can be viewed below. These documents explore the issues, locational merits and constraints of the project. A Statement of Consultation is also available to view, which sets out who were invited to comment, how the consultation was undertaken, and a summary of what people said.