DEVELOPERS behind a plan for a giant new town between Colchester and Braintree are aiming to cherry pick and improve on the best aspects of previous garden settlement generations.
A new report into the creation of West Tey, the new town where up to 16,858 homes could be built in the coming decades, has been released by landowners Gateway 120, residential developers and housing association L&Q and planning promotion firm Cirrus Land.
The group has been chosen by councils in Essex, Colchester and Braintree to take on the project to help meet housing targets without piecemeal development.
Part of the document said: “The three previous generations of Garden Communities -
Letchworth - the first garden city, Milton Keynes - a new town based around a vehicular oriented environment and Poundbury a new urbanist town based on new urbanism principles have all evolved from the Town and Country Planning Association’s (TCPA) garden city principles, which are high level principles, but are very different in character and experience due to other influencing factors of their times.
“Letchworth is the original garden city and TCPA’s garden city principles informed the design, placing an emphasis on the strong fusion between town and country elements.
“Milton Keynes’ focus was on the car and therefore comprised streets, spaces and blocks to facilitate the ease of car movement.
“In contrast, Poundbury prioritised the idea of a pedestrian oriented environment and the need to reduce car use.
“The new community of West Tey will draw on positive elements of these towns to create its own identity and principles.”
New health centres and schools will be included along with a business park, retail areas and more than 115 acres of green space to cope with the new housing with infrastructure built before homes.
Critics of the scheme are concerned about the town becoming a soulless commuter area and believe development had previously been ruled on the site, which is close to Marks Tey..
Plans for two other new towns on the Colchester border with Tendring, and to the west of Braintree are also in the pipeline.
Last week, draft proposals for the east Colchester site were slammed by critics fearing huge congestion on Clingoe Hill and being metres away from Wivenhoe.
Robert Vestentoft from Cirrus Land said: “A lot of research and planning has gone into ensuring West Tey will be a great place to live for local people looking to get on the housing ladder and it will be fully supported by schools, medical centres and shops, as well as water and waste infrastructure and road improvements.
“As a team, we are uniquely placed to safeguard the delivery and stewardship of a comprehensively planned community which follows the garden community principles outlined in the North Essex Garden Communities Charter.
“This is an exciting opportunity to put the needs of people at the heart of development which won’t put a strain on services.”
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