Beechwood West given go-ahead

Basildon Councilís planning committee has has granted planning permission to build up to 587 homes on the former Craylands estate.

Lodged by Swan Housing Association – together with Pollard Thomas Edwards, bptw partnership and Outerspace landscape architects - the planning application was approved on 4 October.

The scheme named Beechwood West is the last phase of the redevelopment of the estate site, now known as Beechwood Village, where 356 homes and a community centre have already been delivered. A further 51 homes will be completed by spring 2017.

When complete, the scheme will deliver more than 970 new homes. Swan will work in partnership with Basildon Borough Council and the Homes and Communities Agency on the project.

Full permission was given for the demolition of 105 homes, to be replaced with 96 new properties, as well as a new green area in the centre of the development; outline consent was granted for up to 518 further homes.

“We are confident that the plans approved for Beechwood will enable us to deliver an exemplar scheme which will bring together the best of modern construction methods, contemporary design, 21st century environmental performance and great open spaces,” said Geoff Pearce, Swan’s executive director for development and regeneration.

As part of the scheme, the developers plan to build 271 new homes for private sale and shared ownership using modular construction techniques: the properties will be pre-constructed in a factory close to the site, and future residents will be able to take part in the design, personalising them to their requirements.

Carl Vann, partner at Pollard Thomas Edwards, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity, not only to regenerate a tired estate, but also to provide something really unique: genuinely customisable new homes at an affordable price.”

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