Developer wants to build 100 homes in the surrounding rural Essex care home


About 100 houses could be built in a village in Essex surrounding a local care home.

A planning application for 100 houses on land around Great Horkesley Manor was registered by Colchester Borough Council on December 17, an increase from the 80 houses initially proposed by the developer.

According to a design and access statement, the project would also include a Boy Scout and Girl Guide hut in the village of Great Horkesley, as well as a series of lots.

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David Wilson (DWH) Homes obtained general approval for 80 homes in 2019.

Although approved, the earlier plans were criticized by officers, the statement continued.

An officer’s comment reads: “The existing treatment of the mansion’s boundaries does not provide a suitable enclosure for an intimate public space and results in poor quality of the public domain. “

But a response in the declaration indicates that the building would be adequately protected by the existing boundary treatment.

One section reads: “The only place in the proposal where the mansion boundary meets the enclosed public space is on the north side.

“The height and continuing nature of the existing treatment of boundaries here is such that there is certain to be a successful closure of the street scene. “

According to the statement, the plans also include new access and crossing points on the A134 and Ivy Lodge Road, open public space, landscaping, parking and other associated infrastructure work.

However, the homes will be set back from Nayland Road behind two new open space areas.

The height of the buildings will vary between two and two and a half storeys.

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In addition, the supply of affordable housing represents 30 percent of the total number of dwellings.

The site is currently used for agriculture and planting willows, the statement continued.

Great Horkesley Manor is outside the application area, but the statement describes it nonetheless as an “important part of the site setting”.

The care home was rated “good” overall by the Care Quality Commission after its last inspection on November 5, 2020.

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