Plans hatched for former chicken farm site

Friday, 6 January, 2017

A new development of 81 homes has been given the go ahead on a former chicken farm site in Little Clacton.

The scheme for Sole Bay Developments is on four hectares in Thorpe Road and involves 79 bungalows and two houses – all with garages or parking spaces.

Access will be from a new junction and there will be two areas of open space.

Tendring District Council’s (TDC) Planning Committee approved the application with eight votes in favour and one abstention.

The permission is subject to a legal agreement being completed for the developer’s contributions to health, education and affordable housing within six months.

Members heard that the homes will be marketed to retired people but that could not be made a condition of the approval.

Cath Bicknell, TDC’s Head of Planning, said that the land was allocated for development in the Emerging Local Plan.

The site – at the junction of Thorpe Road and Holland Road- is part of a larger area allocated for mixed-use development to the north of Oakwood Business Park, Clacton Factory Outlet and the Gorse Lane Industrial Estate.

Land immediately south already has outline planning permission for up to 250 new properties.

“This is a fairly typical and acceptable development with economic benefits and the environmental impacts can be mitigated,” said Mrs Bicknell. “It is isolated but it will eventually be part of the much larger development in the area.”

The scheme is of a low density with 23 homes to the hectare.

Essex County Council as the highway authority originally objected to the application due to the lack of a footpath in Thorpe Road but later withdrew the objection.

Mrs Bicknell added that the legal agreement for developer contributions will have to take into account the viability of the site and the fact that it will be expensive to develop.

Little Clacton Parish Council did not oppose the proposal and there were objections from two local residents who raised concerns about highway safety, lack of employment opportunities, impact on school and health provision and loss of agricultural land.

Last updated on: 06/01/2017 - 09:36