Basildon Council has emphasised that Garden Village funding awarded to
Brentwood Council does not prejudge the outcome of the Brentwood Local Plan
On Monday, 2 January, it was announced that Brentwood Council would receive
Garden Village funding for a proposed residential development between West
Horndon and Dunton Wayletts.
Basildon Council was made aware of the Government’s decision to award
funding to Brentwood Council through the general press release issued by
the Government on the New Year’s Day Bank Holiday.
The funding has not been awarded to Basildon Council and does not cover (as
reported in some media) the proposal for 2,300 new homes and new business
land in Dunton Wayletts currently being explored by Basildon Council as
part of its own Local Plan review.
Cllr Richard Moore, Basildon Council cabinet member for planning, said:
“Basildon Council objected to the proposal to create a standalone new
village just over the administrative boundary in Brentwood borough in
“The council maintains the view that there is a lack of credible and robust
evidence to justify that a new village in this Green Belt location is the
best option for meeting Brentwood borough’s housing needs and continues to
have doubts that it can be demonstrated as a legitimate proposal through
the planning system.
“This initial investment by the Government is designed for a local planning
authority to boost its staff resources or pay for key studies or
assessments regarding their Garden Village proposals, and is therefore made
at risk that the planning and legal processes may not conclude that the
proposal should proceed any further.
“We will continue to work with Brentwood Council and other local authority
partners in the delivery of our legal strategic planning responsibilities
and as they progress their Local Plan reviews.”