5000 New Countryside Homes
Essex will be home to two garden villages: Gilston Park Estate and Dunton Hills. There will be 5000 new houses providing a range of accommodation from flats to large family homes, in an area approximately midway between Basildon and Brentwood.
There will be around 2500 new homes on the Brentwood side of the development, which will be the main Dunton Hills village. 2500 additional homes may be built in later stages of development. Dunton Hills will include new schools, health facilities and shops.
Where is Dunton Hill?
Dunton Hills is currently most famous for its 18 hole golf course which provides amazing views across south Essex.
Dunton Hills lies just to the south of the A127 between West Horndon and Langdon Hills. However, judging by the map in the Brentwood Local Development Plan, most of the development will be much closer to Brentwood. The new development will greatly expand the population in the area and bring in much needed infrastructure improvement.
According to the Dunton Hills Garden Suburb group, the current plans are as follows: “The first option considered was development of the greenfields around the village of West Horndon which could provide for more than 2,500 new homes. However, following consultation the Draft Local Plan now identifies a discrete new village south of the A127 with all of its own facilities, recreation provision and green spaces.”
Dunton Hills Garden Village Map
Design In Keeping With the Local Area
The proposal documents highlights that the development will be designed to fit in well with the local countryside and existing properties:
“An important part of making high quality places is to ensure that new buildings are well designed. This means making buildings attractive in their own right, appropriate in their setting and fit for purpose. The Borough’s good quality and distinctive character needs to be reinforced by any new development proposal. It is also important that buildings are designed in an adaptable way to ensure flexibility in their potential use and function.”
The development will include new green infrastructure links, such as cycle paths, and maintain the “green wedges” that provide wildlife corridors and maintain the countryside within the Brentwood development area, and will make good use of a brownfield sites within the area.
Louise McKinlay, leader of Brentwood Borough Council.
She said: “Young people grow up and then simply can’t afford to continue to live here, so the expansion of the housing supply is to be welcomed very much for those people.
“This is excellent news all round, for the borough, residents, our children and all those living in Essex and beyond.
“We have been working on developing an entirely new community as part of our Local Development Plan for some time. We aim high with good reason, because we want to provide the best, and the Government has recognised that we can deliver something truly exceptional with the help of its financial investment.
“Together with our development partners, Commercial Estates Group, we can continue to scope details of the plan in the New Year for this hugely significant scheme.”
There is opposition to the plans, mostly because some of the housing will be built on green belt land that was thought to be protected from development.