Fed up residents say Billericay 'will be ruined' if plans to build 130 new homes and a Lidl go ahead

This seven-acre site is being promoted by Scott Properties for a mixed-use development
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Residents claim that their town 'will be ruined' if plans to build 130 new homes and a Lidl go ahead. Developer Scott Properties proposed the development of 130 new homes and a new Lidl on London Road in Billericay.

Despite up to 40 of the dwellings being provided as affordable housing, the Facebook group named “Saving Billericay from Housing Development” has criticised the plans, calling it “a complete eyesore” and “shambolic”. Basildon Council has noted that the development would be on green belt land, highlighting it as a constraint on the development.

Saving Billericay from Housing Development said: “There are no very special circumstances to justify harming the Green Belt by building a supermarket and housing estate. It must be preserved for residents and future generations.” The group also highlighted the lack of sustainability that the development would cause. It said “The proposed housing development is not in a sustainable location. The site is very near the western edge of town and not near any essential services including schools, GP surgeries, the High Street or station.

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“Car journeys will be inevitable for new residents as it is beyond the widely accepted 15/20 minute walk to most facilities.” In addition to this, the group said that the plans would cause more traffic on A129 London Road - which is already very busy - as they claimed that 120 houses equates to 200 additional cars.

Residents said the development will be “a complete eyesore entering Billericay and for residents and will not be concealed from the road.” They went on to add that Billericay does not need a new supermarket, as there is already a Waitrose, Sainsbury’s, Iceland, Co-op and multiple corner shops in the local area.

Basildon Council will decide whether to accept or reject the plans at a planning meeting on a later date. EssexLive has also contacted Scott Properties for comment.

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