More homes may be forced on Colchester if Tendring fails to meet its quota

Gazette: More homes may be forced on Colchester if Tendring fails to meet its quota More homes may be forced on Colchester if Tendring fails to meet its quota

Colchester could be forced to allow thousands of extra homes if neighbouring Tendring fails to meet its Government quota.

At Monday’s Local Plan Committee words such as “parasite” and “infernal cheek” were used to described Tendring and its draft local plan, which sets out how it will meet the criteria of building about 10,000 new homes between 2014 and 2029.

Colchester Council estimates the plan leaves a shortfall 4,650 homes and planners fear this could mean additional homes could have to be built in Colchester.

It is also worried about the West Tendring site which borders Colchester and is earmarked for development post 2024.

The area includes the site off St Andrew’s Avenue, where 3,000 homes could be built and the extension of the Plains Farm estate.

Councillors Ray Gamble and Paul Smith, who represent the Colchester St John’s ward which border the proposed areas, put forward their views to the committee.

Mr Gamble said: “Anyone who has followed the saga, and I have tried to do so because I don’t trust Tendring, will appreciate that our neighbours have been eyeing up our borders to satisfy their own economic development in a very predatory way.”

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10:17am Fri 7 Feb 14

stevedawson says...

Why thats three parliaments away.
Why thats three parliaments away. stevedawson
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11:01am Fri 7 Feb 14

Jess Jephcott says...

It's an interesting slant on how development works. Another authority builds next to us and relies on us for the costs of the infrastructure, schools, hospitals, sewage, etc. Perhaps we should conquer some Tendring land and make it our own and thus protect it from development. That's it, let's shift our borders and keep the riff-raff away.
It's an interesting slant on how development works. Another authority builds next to us and relies on us for the costs of the infrastructure, schools, hospitals, sewage, etc. Perhaps we should conquer some Tendring land and make it our own and thus protect it from development. That's it, let's shift our borders and keep the riff-raff away. Jess Jephcott
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6:54pm Fri 7 Feb 14

Roger Mainwood says...

The Tendring consultation says about the Colchester eastern fringes ""In the short to medium term, major development in that location is not likely to be deliverable".
After 2024 any development there would have to be done only with the cooperation of Colchetser Borough Council. At the moment there is no sign of that cooperation materialising in Colchester's site allocations for housing which are up for review in 2015.
So the idea in the headline that Tendring is forcing homes on Colchester is a bit OTT isn't it !
The Tendring consultation says about the Colchester eastern fringes ""In the short to medium term, major development in that location is not likely to be deliverable". After 2024 any development there would have to be done only with the cooperation of Colchetser Borough Council. At the moment there is no sign of that cooperation materialising in Colchester's site allocations for housing which are up for review in 2015. So the idea in the headline that Tendring is forcing homes on Colchester is a bit OTT isn't it ! Roger Mainwood
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9:53am Sat 8 Feb 14

Hamiltonandy says...

I wonder how long before councils compulsorily purchase back gardens to squeeze in more houses? It cannot be long before castle park is redeveloped for blocks of flats. It seems he only area untouched by any form of development will be the abandoned "cultural quarter".
I wonder how long before councils compulsorily purchase back gardens to squeeze in more houses? It cannot be long before castle park is redeveloped for blocks of flats. It seems he only area untouched by any form of development will be the abandoned "cultural quarter". Hamiltonandy
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