More homes approved for Burnham Waters retirement village

CONTROVERSIAL plans to build 230 additional homes in a new retirement community have been given the green light after an appeal.

Think Green Land has appealed Maldon District Council’s refusal to grant planning permission for its development to extend the Burnham Waters retirement community.

The retirement community for people aged 55 and over off Maldon Road in Burnham includes bungalows, care home, assisted living flats, community centre, medical centre, sports facilities and housing estates.

Phase two of the development proposed to add 232 homes and a multi-purpose community building.

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It also included the construction of state roads, footpaths and parking lots for cars and bicycles.

The plans were refused by the district council last June.

The main issues were the effect of the proposed development on the character and appearance of the area, including the landscape, and the effect on the living conditions of neighboring occupants with respect to outlook.

The Town Planning Inspectorate conducted an investigation to rule on the appeal.

Several objection letters were submitted, raising several issues including the site being submitted and rejected from the council’s call for sites, loss of privacy as well as prospects and loss of “productive” farmland.

The town planning inspector took these factors into consideration and said that the decision in the call for sites was not directly relevant to the call proposal.

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They also decided that there would be no noticeable loss of privacy for the existing occupants and that the development would not result in the loss of the “best or most versatile” agricultural land.

The appeal was allowed and the building permit was granted.

On the decision, the town planning inspector said: “The benefits of the proposal are many and substantial.

“In particular, it would provide much-needed housing, of two types where the need is particularly acute and critical, in the form of housing for the elderly and affordable housing.”

The inspector added that the negative effects of the proposal were limited and overall would not significantly and overtly outweigh the benefits.

They also ordered Maldon District Council to pay the costs of the appeal proceedings to Think Green Land.

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