Latchingdon Gardens, Off Burham Road, Latchingdon, Essex

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Update June 2022

The formal public consultation for our initial proposals closed on Sunday 27th June 2022. We are now analysing the feedback received and updating our proposals.

This website will be updated in due course, and you can still contact us and submit further feedback using the Have you Say Form on this page, or via email at info@catesbyestates.co.uk or via telephone on 01788 726810.

We will be preparing an outline planning application ready for submission later this year.  An outline planning application seeks to establish whether the scale and nature of a proposed development would be acceptable to the local planning authority, before a second fully detailed planning application is put forward, which is called a Reserved Matters.

A Reserved Matters application typically include information about the layout, scale and appearance of the development.  No development can take place on site until the Reserved Matters application has been consented

Planning Background

Catesby Estates has entered into an agreement to promote land between off Burnham Road, Latchingdon.  This greenfield site lies within the administrative area of Maldon District Coun

There is a housing crisis in the UK and the Government have introduced a number of measures to encourage house building for authorities where there are problems in delivering enough homes.

Maldon District Council (MDC) is currently failing to meet this requirement and cannot demonstrate a five year supply of housing as required by Government policy. Within Maldon District there are few sites that are previously developed (brownfield) and given the housing requirement, there is an inevitable requirement for greenfield sites to be identified for housing.

MDC recognise that in order to deliver new homes and ensure rural areas thrive, sustainable villages such as Latchingdon can accommodate more growth.

The Local Plan

The current Local Plan in Maldon was adopted in July 2017. The spatial strategy was to direct growth to the three largest settlements: Maldon, Heybridge and Burnham on Crouch with little to no growth to smaller settlements.

MDC have identified a number of issues with the current Local Plan strategy and its ability to deliver positive growth in the District. Which include:

  • Small and medium building companies have found it difficult to build in Maldon District because of the lack of smaller allocated sites and windfall opportunities; this could be having an effect on job availability, growth and skills in this sector. It could also be slowing down the opportunity to bring forward housing more quickly on smaller site.
  • The Plan included settlement boundaries around most settlements. Whilst these appeared to be a way of protecting settlements, they have caused inflexibility in regard to housing coming forward. This has led to a lack of available land supply for windfall sites, which help support housing supply and this ultimately is one of the contributing factors to the District not having a 5 year supply of housing from 2021.

The Council are therefore committed to undertaking a Local Plan Review however, the timetable has slipped and is at an early stage.

Ecology & Biodiversity

The vast majority of the boundary vegetation is proposed to be retained within the scheme, with soft landscaping proposed along the eastern site boundary.

National Policy requires the scheme to deliver biodiversity net gain.  As such, areas of soft landscaping will also be incorporating habitats such as wildflower grasslands, woodland and hedgerows, as well as Sustainable Urban Drainage ponds (SUds), to deliver biodiversity enhancements on site.

A full biodiversity impact assessment will be conducted and submitted as part of the planning application demonstrating how biodiversity net gain will be achieved.

In addition, a range of wildlife friendly features are also anticipated to be included, including a range of bat and bird boxes, as well as ‘hedgehog highways’ and reptile/amphibian refuges.

A full ecology report will be submitted as part of the planning application demonstrating how this will be achieved.

Energy Efficient And Low Carbon Homes

Existing housing accounts for 20% of greenhouse gas emissions in the UK.

Therefore, to help reduce carbon emissions and keep down household energy costs, the new homes built will meet the latest energy efficiency standards and be heated by cleaner energy sources. 

In this regard the new homes to be developed will reduce carbon emissions by up to 31% (compared to homes built to current energy efficiency requirements) in accordance with new Building Regulations.

New homes will feature technology including photovoltaic (solar) panels, heat pumps, triple glazing and standards for walls, floors and roofs that significantly limit any heat loss.

Electric vehicle charging points will be provided in accordance with the adopted Parking Standards SPD.

Update June 2022

The formal public consultation for our initial proposals closed on Sunday 27th June 2022. We are now analysing the feedback received and updating our proposals.

This website will be updated in due course, and you can still contact us and submit further feedback using the Have you Say Form on this page, or via email at info@catesbyestates.co.uk or via telephone on 01788 726810.

We will be preparing an outline planning application ready for submission later this year.  An outline planning application seeks to establish whether the scale and nature of a proposed development would be acceptable to the local planning authority, before a second fully detailed planning application is put forward, which is called a Reserved Matters.

A Reserved Matters application typically include information about the layout, scale and appearance of the development.  No development can take place on site until the Reserved Matters application has been consented

Planning Background

Catesby Estates has entered into an agreement to promote land between off Burnham Road, Latchingdon.  This greenfield site lies within the administrative area of Maldon District Coun

There is a housing crisis in the UK and the Government have introduced a number of measures to encourage house building for authorities where there are problems in delivering enough homes.

Maldon District Council (MDC) is currently failing to meet this requirement and cannot demonstrate a five year supply of housing as required by Government policy. Within Maldon District there are few sites that are previously developed (brownfield) and given the housing requirement, there is an inevitable requirement for greenfield sites to be identified for housing.

MDC recognise that in order to deliver new homes and ensure rural areas thrive, sustainable villages such as Latchingdon can accommodate more growth.

The Local Plan

The current Local Plan in Maldon was adopted in July 2017. The spatial strategy was to direct growth to the three largest settlements: Maldon, Heybridge and Burnham on Crouch with little to no growth to smaller settlements.

MDC have identified a number of issues with the current Local Plan strategy and its ability to deliver positive growth in the District. Which include:

  • Small and medium building companies have found it difficult to build in Maldon District because of the lack of smaller allocated sites and windfall opportunities; this could be having an effect on job availability, growth and skills in this sector. It could also be slowing down the opportunity to bring forward housing more quickly on smaller site.
  • The Plan included settlement boundaries around most settlements. Whilst these appeared to be a way of protecting settlements, they have caused inflexibility in regard to housing coming forward. This has led to a lack of available land supply for windfall sites, which help support housing supply and this ultimately is one of the contributing factors to the District not having a 5 year supply of housing from 2021.

The Council are therefore committed to undertaking a Local Plan Review however, the timetable has slipped and is at an early stage.

Ecology & Biodiversity

The vast majority of the boundary vegetation is proposed to be retained within the scheme, with soft landscaping proposed along the eastern site boundary.

National Policy requires the scheme to deliver biodiversity net gain.  As such, areas of soft landscaping will also be incorporating habitats such as wildflower grasslands, woodland and hedgerows, as well as Sustainable Urban Drainage ponds (SUds), to deliver biodiversity enhancements on site.

A full biodiversity impact assessment will be conducted and submitted as part of the planning application demonstrating how biodiversity net gain will be achieved.

In addition, a range of wildlife friendly features are also anticipated to be included, including a range of bat and bird boxes, as well as ‘hedgehog highways’ and reptile/amphibian refuges.

A full ecology report will be submitted as part of the planning application demonstrating how this will be achieved.

Energy Efficient And Low Carbon Homes

Existing housing accounts for 20% of greenhouse gas emissions in the UK.

Therefore, to help reduce carbon emissions and keep down household energy costs, the new homes built will meet the latest energy efficiency standards and be heated by cleaner energy sources. 

In this regard the new homes to be developed will reduce carbon emissions by up to 31% (compared to homes built to current energy efficiency requirements) in accordance with new Building Regulations.

New homes will feature technology including photovoltaic (solar) panels, heat pumps, triple glazing and standards for walls, floors and roofs that significantly limit any heat loss.

Electric vehicle charging points will be provided in accordance with the adopted Parking Standards SPD.

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