Developer hopes to transform Burnham boatyard into housing complex

First published in Local News by , Reporter

A developer hopes to transform a Burnham boatyard into a housing and office complex.

Andrew Ransome for Plainview Planning Ltd has submitted an outline planning application to Maldon District Council in the hope of building 55 houses at Petticrows boatyard, on the Quay.

The proposals for the redevelopment of the 970-square-metre industrial building at the end of Belvedere Road also include a flexible commercial floorspace for offices.

The houses, many of which may have views of the River Crouch, are not part of the 450 homes allocated for Burnham in the district council’s Local Development Plan.

A design and access statement for the development stated: “The proposed development represents an opportunity to provide much needed housing that would contribute to the council’s five-year land supply."

See this week's Standard for the full story.

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12:52pm Sat 19 Apr 14

El Presendente says...

Do these developers sit in their Ivory Towers, cover their eyes, then stick a pin in a map and say “ That's where we'll build next!”

As if the access for the 'proposed' Burnham West development was bad enough particularly with 2 serious accidents on the bends earlier in the week that saw 2 of the 3 main roads into and out of Burnham + The Dengie closed, one because of an overturned lorry (the 3rd such occurrence this year).

Now, we hear about plans to build right at the far end of the town, which would mean construction traffic having to negotiate the bends, then the bottleneck at Woodfords garage, which is at best a tight squeeze for 2 medium sized cars and finally the bottleneck in the High St at the War Memorial, all before reaching the narrow access road to the 'proposed' construction site.

The reason Burnham has never got any bigger is because of the woefully inadequate infrastructure (roads/rail/sewers) plus the lack of local employment not withstanding the fact it's reclaimed land, that sits below sea-level, therefore, with the way the weather is 'weirding' a strong possibility to be prone to flooding in the future. If MDC planning department and these greedy developers spent any length of time here they would soon realise it's not suitable for expansion especially when there's existing old + new (unsold) housing stock on the market locally.

As for helping MDC's 5yr supply, let Maldon have the houses on their doorstep, it certainly has a much superior infrastructure than that of Burnham.
Do these developers sit in their Ivory Towers, cover their eyes, then stick a pin in a map and say “ That's where we'll build next!” As if the access for the 'proposed' Burnham West development was bad enough particularly with 2 serious accidents on the bends earlier in the week that saw 2 of the 3 main roads into and out of Burnham + The Dengie closed, one because of an overturned lorry (the 3rd such occurrence this year). Now, we hear about plans to build right at the far end of the town, which would mean construction traffic having to negotiate the bends, then the bottleneck at Woodfords garage, which is at best a tight squeeze for 2 medium sized cars and finally the bottleneck in the High St at the War Memorial, all before reaching the narrow access road to the 'proposed' construction site. The reason Burnham has never got any bigger is because of the woefully inadequate infrastructure (roads/rail/sewers) plus the lack of local employment not withstanding the fact it's reclaimed land, that sits below sea-level, therefore, with the way the weather is 'weirding' a strong possibility to be prone to flooding in the future. If MDC planning department and these greedy developers spent any length of time here they would soon realise it's not suitable for expansion especially when there's existing old + new (unsold) housing stock on the market locally. As for helping MDC's 5yr supply, let Maldon have the houses on their doorstep, it certainly has a much superior infrastructure than that of Burnham. El Presendente
  • Score: 4

5:54pm Sat 19 Apr 14

Opsiomath says...

.. And the headline 55 Homes quoted in this initial planning application are only the tip of the iceberg of what would truly be a mega three phase Estate, surrounding the sewage farm
.. And the headline 55 Homes quoted in this initial planning application are only the tip of the iceberg of what would truly be a mega three phase Estate, surrounding the sewage farm Opsiomath
  • Score: 0

6:10pm Sat 19 Apr 14

FamouSam says...

El Presendente wrote:
Do these developers sit in their Ivory Towers, cover their eyes, then stick a pin in a map and say “ That's where we'll build next!”

As if the access for the 'proposed' Burnham West development was bad enough particularly with 2 serious accidents on the bends earlier in the week that saw 2 of the 3 main roads into and out of Burnham + The Dengie closed, one because of an overturned lorry (the 3rd such occurrence this year).

Now, we hear about plans to build right at the far end of the town, which would mean construction traffic having to negotiate the bends, then the bottleneck at Woodfords garage, which is at best a tight squeeze for 2 medium sized cars and finally the bottleneck in the High St at the War Memorial, all before reaching the narrow access road to the 'proposed' construction site.

The reason Burnham has never got any bigger is because of the woefully inadequate infrastructure (roads/rail/sewers) plus the lack of local employment not withstanding the fact it's reclaimed land, that sits below sea-level, therefore, with the way the weather is 'weirding' a strong possibility to be prone to flooding in the future. If MDC planning department and these greedy developers spent any length of time here they would soon realise it's not suitable for expansion especially when there's existing old + new (unsold) housing stock on the market locally.

As for helping MDC's 5yr supply, let Maldon have the houses on their doorstep, it certainly has a much superior infrastructure than that of Burnham.
Agree on the roads and employment. It's crazy to suggest BoC doesn't have good rail links and what's your evidence for lack of sewage infrastructure? The more we can use facts and not spread misinformation the more easy it is to come to the correct decision.
[quote][p][bold]El Presendente[/bold] wrote: Do these developers sit in their Ivory Towers, cover their eyes, then stick a pin in a map and say “ That's where we'll build next!” As if the access for the 'proposed' Burnham West development was bad enough particularly with 2 serious accidents on the bends earlier in the week that saw 2 of the 3 main roads into and out of Burnham + The Dengie closed, one because of an overturned lorry (the 3rd such occurrence this year). Now, we hear about plans to build right at the far end of the town, which would mean construction traffic having to negotiate the bends, then the bottleneck at Woodfords garage, which is at best a tight squeeze for 2 medium sized cars and finally the bottleneck in the High St at the War Memorial, all before reaching the narrow access road to the 'proposed' construction site. The reason Burnham has never got any bigger is because of the woefully inadequate infrastructure (roads/rail/sewers) plus the lack of local employment not withstanding the fact it's reclaimed land, that sits below sea-level, therefore, with the way the weather is 'weirding' a strong possibility to be prone to flooding in the future. If MDC planning department and these greedy developers spent any length of time here they would soon realise it's not suitable for expansion especially when there's existing old + new (unsold) housing stock on the market locally. As for helping MDC's 5yr supply, let Maldon have the houses on their doorstep, it certainly has a much superior infrastructure than that of Burnham.[/p][/quote]Agree on the roads and employment. It's crazy to suggest BoC doesn't have good rail links and what's your evidence for lack of sewage infrastructure? The more we can use facts and not spread misinformation the more easy it is to come to the correct decision. FamouSam
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6:30pm Sat 19 Apr 14

Opsiomath says...

Fair comment FamouSam - Lack of infrastructure and remoteness of Burnham's location leads directly to lack of local employment (businesses choosing to base themselves in better connected places like Basildon, Southend and Chelmsford

- But its true that sewage does already have to be tankered out of Burnham almost daily. And in the summer high season various sewage drains can't cope and it overflows out of manholes in various parts of town

As to trains, yes Burnham does have a pretty fair service for its present population size, the problem is that it isn't scaleable in capacity for a very big increase in population because of the single track (which limits train frequency) and the short length of platforms up and down the Crouch Valley line (which means short train lengths). At peak times in the evening the direct trains from Liverpool Street have to run with empty carriages at the back of the train beyond Wickford so they can use the short platforms. This is an important factor because over half of Burnham workers have to commute to get a job and the roads are pretty bad even in good weather
Fair comment FamouSam - Lack of infrastructure and remoteness of Burnham's location leads directly to lack of local employment (businesses choosing to base themselves in better connected places like Basildon, Southend and Chelmsford - But its true that sewage does already have to be tankered out of Burnham almost daily. And in the summer high season various sewage drains can't cope and it overflows out of manholes in various parts of town As to trains, yes Burnham does have a pretty fair service for its present population size, the problem is that it isn't scaleable in capacity for a very big increase in population because of the single track (which limits train frequency) and the short length of platforms up and down the Crouch Valley line (which means short train lengths). At peak times in the evening the direct trains from Liverpool Street have to run with empty carriages at the back of the train beyond Wickford so they can use the short platforms. This is an important factor because over half of Burnham workers have to commute to get a job and the roads are pretty bad even in good weather Opsiomath
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