Dunton Hills Garden Village
Dunton Hills Garden Village is a new settlement proposed in Brentwood Borough that will help to meet the needs of our growing population. The proposal will be self-sustaining; providing up to 4,000 homes, new schools, job opportunities, health and community facilities and new public spaces. Dunton Hills Garden Village will become one of the boroughs many villages that make up the unique character of Brentwood.
Work has begun on a draft Masterplan, which identifies the framework of Dunton Hills; taking into consideration policy requirements set out in the draft Brentwood Local Development Plan, technical constraints and opportunities, and technical feedback received from stakeholders to date.
The Masterplan will inform how we progress with detailed design features and shape the look and feel of Dunton Hills. We are about to start a co-designing process by working with our community through our Youth Forum, Community Forum and via online channels. The outcomes of this work will inform the Supplementary Planning Document, which will guide how development comes forward at Dunton Hills in the future.
A Vision For Our Community
“Dunton Hills Garden Village is a new settlement in a borough of villages. It is a place where people’s lives are shaped through understanding the value and protection of the local natural environments. Education and community facilities and amenities are central and well-integrated, creating a place that becomes a blueprint for healthy and sustainable living.”
Plans for the Garden Village
The Brentwood Local Plan sets out the Council’s development policy framework for the borough, of which Dunton Hills Garden Village is identified as an allocation for a new community. The Local Plan informs the strategic planning framework for Dunton Hills; including the Masterplan Framework and Supplementary Planning Document.
The Local Plan is currently awaiting Examination in Public and further information can be found here.
Work has begun on a draft Masterplan, which identifies the framework of Dunton Hills; taking into consideration policy requirements set out in the Brentwood Local Plan, technical constraints and opportunities, and technical feedback received from stakeholders to date. This work is being prepared in collaboration with CEG who are the main land promoter at Dunton Hills.
Several technical workshops have been undertaken to understand the infrastructure needs for a new community of this size and inform the broad layout for Dunton Hills considering site constraints and opportunities such as topography, flooding, views, heritage items, access, surrounding land uses and other considerations.
A number of key principles set out in the draft Masterplan will help to inform the detailed co-design which will start in spring 2020 and inform the Supplementary Planning Document.
Supplementary Planning Document
The draft Supplementary Planning Document will set out the detailed design features of Dunton Hills Garden Village and shape how it looks and feels. We are about to start a co-designing process by working with our community through our Youth Forum, Community Forum and via online channels. The outcomes of this work will inform the Supplementary Planning Document, which will be a guiding document that shapes how development comes forward at Dunton Hills in the future.
The Supplementary Planning Document will guide important elements of the community such as architectural design, community legacy, parking, transport, landscape, public space and street design, health and education, sustainability and innovation.
We encourage you to get involved in the co-design work and shape the future of Dunton Hills Garden Village.
The draft Supplementary Planning Document will be available for public consultation in summer 2020 with the draft Masterplan. Here, we hope you will be able to see how your input through co-design has helped to inform how Dunton Hills Garden Village will look and feel.
Have Your Say
We are about to embark on co-design work with the community to prepare a Supplementary Planning Document that will inform the detailed design of Dunton Hills Garden Village. We will be working with the community through our Youth Forum, Community Forum and via online channels.
There are complex challenges in planning a new garden community, which are too great to be tackled by a single discipline or stakeholder. It’s more than just inviting designers or engineers into the process and is about involving end users, customers, patients and other community stakeholders, to confront the big issues and co-create a solution or outcome for DHGV. The co-design approach enables a wide range of people to make a creative contribution in the formulation and outcome of Dunton Hills Garden Village.
The Dunton Hills Garden Village Education Programme aims to ensure young people of a variety of ages, backgrounds and abilities are encouraged and supported in the placemaking process as they are key stakeholders and custodians of the future village.
The aim of the engagement programme is to work with local schools and youth groups to explore thoughts, ideas and needs, and feed these findings directly into policy considerations, village masterplanning and the Supplementary Planning Document, and informing thinking beyond the new garden village.
A range of workshops and site visits have been undertaken with local schools and these will continue to help inform how Dunton Hills is planned for the future.
A Youth Engagement Toolkit has been prepared in conjunction with University of Birmingham. This outlines how to engage with younger people in planning and design.
We all have an idea about how we want to live, what sort of a place we’d like to live in and what opportunities that place may offer us, such as access to green spaces, leisure activities and transport. Yet we all have varying needs and ideas. How can we work together to create a place that considers these varying needs and leave a legacy of community co-design, co-delivery, fostering a vibrant and cohesive community spirt and stewardship?
The development of the garden village allows for a unique opportunity for communities to work together to co-design a new place. The community co-design of the garden village is essential to realising the Spatial Vision. Working closely with the local community will enable a strong sense of place and identity to be developed and social wellbeing to be fostered.
The Brentwood Garden Village Community Forum starts this co-design process and enables these discussions to take place, initially shaping the Supplementary Planning Document with the intent to evolve over time as people start living in the new village.
If you are interested in joining the Forum and getting involved in planning for Dunton Hills Garden Village, please email:firstname.lastname@example.org
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the History of Dunton Hills Garden Village?
Dunton Hills Garden Village was designated by Government as one of 17 new garden communities in January 2017. The announcement followed the Council's expression of interest in response to the Locally-Led Garden Villages, Towns and Cities opportunity, led by Homes England. 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 England, and some capacity funding.
The Council is now working with various stakeholders in the plan-making process to prepare the Masterplan and Supplementary Planning Document, in line with the proposed Brentwood Local Plan strategy to maintain local character, our Borough of Villages, and deliver a 21st Century Garden Village.
What was the previous work with Basildon Borough Council?
Consultation took place in early 2015 on a concept to deliver a potential cross boundary garden suburb at Dunton Hills. This opportunity identified land 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.
Documents that were subject to public consultation can be viewed here. These documents explore the issues, locational merits and constraints of the project. The Statement of Consultation sets out how the consultation was undertaken and what people said.
Following this, the two authorities pursued different development options to meet local needs within each of their boroughs. Brentwood Borough Council decided to consider a self-contained garden village community wholly within Brentwood Borough, which led to the expression of interest to Government (see above “What is the History of Dunton Hills Garden Village?”).
What is a Garden Village?
A standalone development, following principles to create neighbourhoods with housing for all tenures (social, rent and private) with enhanced natural environments, local facilities and infrastructure. The concept does not just relate to the design, but is also about ensuring engagement with local communities from early stages, and aiming for long term local stewardship.
Why is Dunton Hills being considered for such a large scale development?
The strategic site at Dunton Hills Garden Village has been identified separately to other development allocations in order to deliver a significant amount of growth to meet local needs, specifically new homes with supporting jobs and community facilities. In line with objectives and policies in the Brentwood Local Plan, strategic sites also provide a level of development that achieves the necessary critical mass to bring along supporting services, facilities and infrastructure. Much of the borough’s infrastructure and services are at capacity, and so in order to deliver growth and not over-burden already stretched services, strategic development sites allow us to deliver new communities with supporting facilities.
Will Dunton Hills Garden Village contribute to urban sprawl?
The proposals for a garden village at Dunton Hills would create a new standalone and self-contained village settlement. Proposals in the Basildon Local Plan process to develop areas near to the borough boundary are being taken into consideration to avoid urban sprawl.
How long will development at Dunton Hills take?
With a proposal of this size it could take a number of years for development to begin. However, it is anticipated that at least 2,770 homes can be delivered within the plan period by 2033, with the remainder being delivered in the next plan period. In total, approximately 4,000 homes will be delivered.
Why can't all of the borough’s housing be delivered at Dunton Hills Garden Village?
The Council is planning for 7,700 new homes over the plan period (2013-2033). Dunton Hills Garden Village has an identified capacity of up to 4,000 homes with a minimum of 2,770 to be delivered in the plan period. Whilst this represents a large amount of the identified need there is still a requirement to ensure the housing needs across the whole borough are addressed and a flexible supply of sites provided. The Council has identified suitable allocations within or adjoining existing settlements across the borough in addition to the new garden village.