Launch of plans for 203 additional homes in the retirement village

A NEW retirement community in Essex could be expanded to build a further 203 homes as plans for the final phase have been launched.

An application for the “completion phase” of the Burnham Waters development in Maldon was approved by the local council on August 31.

Burnham Waters Limited wants to build 143 bungalows and 60 apartments with between one and three bedrooms on land north of Maldon Road and west of Burnham on Crouch.

According to a design and access statement, this would be in addition to 103 bungalows, a 70-bedroom care home and a 55-bedroom independent living building approved in the first phase of the scheme, and 232 houses and a community building in multiple uses approved in phase two.

It says: “The bungalows will be large and spacious with plenty of daylight through large windows, particularly on the rear elevations, allowing residents to benefit from the outdoor terraces and, in some cases, the expansive views across. green fingers and across the site overlooking the currently unbroken rural landscape.

The statement goes on to say that the apartments will be built beyond national standards for space.

It says: “Private amenity space will be provided for each house in the form of a balcony, either recessed or projecting.

“These will be sized according to the occupancy of each apartment, allowing sufficient space for outdoor dining and drying clothes, as well as other activities. In addition to the balconies, around the apartment buildings are a number of open spaces providing privacy that will be available to residents.

The first phase of the program was approved by the board in October 2020. Work on this phase has already begun.

Phase two was approved on appeal in 2022, but work will not begin until phase one is “significantly delivered,” including the completion of a medical center, community center and stores.

This latter application is for outline permission, with reserved matters such as appearance, landscaping and scale to be presented in a separate application in the future.

According to the release, the final phase is intended to follow the same design principles as the first two.

However, there are also plans to create a “more relaxed edge” between the development and the green belt.

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