Two major developments totalling more than 600 homes on two separate sites on the edge of Weeley have been thrown out.
Taylor Wimpey UK Ltd put forward a scheme for up to 380 properties on land north of Colchester Road on a field currently used for car boot sales.
The 20 hectare site included 2.8 hectares of employment land, a one-form primary school, amenity and open spaces, landscaping and access.
The second application was for 228 homes, again on a green field site, with a two-form primary school, nursery and car park on a site south of Colchester Road.
Both pieces of land are outside the development settlement boundary and were unanimously rejected by Tendring District Council’s (TDC) Planning Committee at a meeting last night.
Weeley Parish Council objected to both proposals and residents were mainly against them. Some residents did prefer the Taylor Wimpey scheme above others that may come forward in the future as part of the emerging Local Plan.
Gary Guiver, TDC’s Planning Manager, said that now that the Council is very close to achieving its five year housing supply of land it is under less pressure to look favourably on large speculative applications.
“We need to consider these applications on their merits but the urgency to provide more homes is less,” he said.
“These schemes are unnecessary – and by and large unwanted – and the adverse impacts outweigh the benefits.”
There was also opposition from Essex County Council as the highway authority.
Councillors were told that the Taylor Wimpey plans could provide up to 500 new jobs and was a high quality design and layout.
Mr Guiver described the second scheme, south of Colchester Road, as “disjointed and a piecemeal fashion of development” as it is clearly part of a larger piece of land that will come under pressure for more development in the future.
He added that developments such as this were better dealt with through the Local Plan process.