PLANNING FOR GROWTH

Across South Essex local authorities are developing Local Plans to provide for new homes, employment space and infrastructure such as new schools, medical services and transport improvements.  Both Brentwood Borough Council and Thurrock Borough Council are producing their own plans to cater for their own identified need and help shape the future of the boroughs.

Each borough has their own housing target: Brentwood needs to provide for a further 7,000 homes (up to the year 2033), whilst Thurrock needs 24,000 (up to the year 2037). The consequences of not getting the Plan right are significant.

With a current shortfall of housing delivery in both boroughs it is vital that Brentwood and Thurrock plan for growth that is both deliverable and achievable, whilst also benefiting the local community. Thinking about the long-term is key, it is not simply about meeting the housing numbers now, but providing for wider social and employment needs for the future. Through careful planning it is possible to deliver more.

Both Brentwood and Thurrock recognise the benefits and opportunities that a larger-scale development can bring, when compared to incremental extensions at existing urban locations. Only through a larger development is it possible to truly deliver the much-needed infrastructure investment that is vital to support both new and existing residents.


COLLABORATIVE OPPORTUNITY

Situated on the boundary between Brentwood and Thurrock, West Horndon provides an opportunity for both boroughs to plan in a collaborative way to provide long-term growth that not only unlocks significant infrastructure investment, but provides benefits for the existing community.

Collaborative working with the local community and stakeholders is also  central to E&A Strategic Land’s approach to shaping their vision for West Horndon.

Supporting sustainable communities is, to us, the most important part of developing a robust Local Plan for both Brentwood and Thurrock. E&A Strategic Land’s vision for West Horndon is to do just that.


LOCATION

Both Brentwood and Thurrock boroughs are constrained in terms of where they can place new homes and employment space, whilst maximising benefits and minimising impact. Other existing areas where there is good transport connectivity are already heavily developed. West Horndon provides both boroughs the opportunity to deliver larger-scale development, with new homes, employment space, new schools and other social infrastructure, in a location that has excellent existing transport links and is not already overly developed.

West Horndon is a sustainable option for growth.  It is ideally located within the A127 corridor, a priority location which provides unparalleled access to rail links and the strategic road network, connecting it to major employment, leisure and retail areas.

West Horndon is highly accessible.


MAXIMISING INFRASTRUCTURE

West Horndon is an anomaly.  Conpared to other stations on the c2c line, and those serving Brentwood  and Shenfield, West Horndon station serves significantly less households – as the image to the left highlights.

With a pressure to deliver much-needed new homes, it is important that local authorities like Brentwood and Thurrock maximise the benefits of existing infrastructure.


DELIVERABLE

West Horndon is deliverable in both the short-term, serving Brentwood’s immediate housing needs, and the long-term to cater towards Thurrock’s housing needs.


'A VOICE FOR SOUTH ESSEX'

In June 2017 Brentwood Borough Council joined Thurrock Borough Council and five other south Essex Authorities to form the Association of South Essex Local Authorities (ASELA) and  shape a vision for strategic planning across South Essex.

The South Essex 2050 sets out key objectives to ensure that infrastructure priorities, including transport connections, employment opportunities, digital connectivity, leisure and social care investment are just as important as delivering new homes.

West Horndon delivers these objectives.