Outline Planning Application Submitted

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Outline plans for up to 500 new homes to be built to the west of Rayleigh have been submitted to Rochford District Council by developer Countryside. The proposals also cover the delivery of a range of community facilities, infrastructure and open spaces for the 46 hectare site, which lies to the north of London Road and south of Rawreth Lane.

The vision for the development is to create a distinctive new neighbourhood that takes its design cues from the best elements of Rayleigh and Essex architecture. A range of high quality, energy efficient new homes is proposed in a variety of sizes and tenures including large family homes and ‘lifetime homes’, with 35% designated for affordable housing. Alongside these will be a series of amenities with up to 5,050 sqm of non-residential space planned, which might include shops, a nursery, a residential care home, a restaurant / pub and healthcare facilities, as well as a site for a proposed new primary school.

The development site, which lies around 2km from Rayleigh town centre, along with some adjoining land have been identified for the construction of a minimum of 550 new homes by 2021 within the Council’s adopted Core Strategy. Lying in a key position at the town’s western gateway, the new neighbourhood will be set within an attractive, functional and accessible environment for both new and existing residents.

The plans also encompass an extensive landscape strategy incorporating formal and informal open space  including parks, playing fields, allotments, playgrounds and youth facilities. Associated infrastructure is planned to support the scheme including two new access roads, while a network of footpaths and cyclepaths would provide links within the site and with the town and surrounding area. There are also plans to extend town bus services to serve the development.

Andrew Carrington, Strategic Land Directorat Countryside said: “This site has been designated for a residentially led development to meet the growing demands for new homes locally. Our aim is to create a  sustainable scheme that fully integrates with the existing community and has a strong sense of local identity.. We have carefully reviewed the feedback received from local residents and stakeholders  during the public consultation period held earlier this year, and have made a number of adjustments and additions to our masterplan including reserving a site for a new primary school.  By submitting our outline planning application, we are excited to be moving ahead with the plans to deliver significant new housing for Rayleigh.”