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Edge of Settlement Consent

The entire site extends to circa 39 hectares, with planning permission being secured on 4.6 hectares on the urban edge of Wickford.

The site was acquired from Defra in 2003, during which time it was promoted through the Local Plan process and more recently through the Local Development Framework.

The site itself is bounded partially on three sides by existing residential development and was initially considered at Committee in October 2011, when a detailed consent was granted by Basildon Council for 68 dwellings, with the usual percentage of social housing.

Extensive extra over costs were encountered, which included permeable surface water strategy, incorporating surface water cages, extra over foundations, site reinforcement of services and the replacement of a 15” asbestos cement sewer that bisects the site, to facilitate on site surface/foul water strategy.

Other Site constraints which had to be dealt with included drainage, access, neighbouring properties and the councils desire to place the site back in the Green Belt.

The transaction was finally concluded with Bloors. Our clients were Gleeson Strategic Land/Gladedale QED.