Houses houses…

Something that hasn’t been mentioned on this site yet is the fact that an extra shop in Warley might be useful. There’s a huge housing development in Clements Park, but no shop at all.

Of course the Tesco won’t be much use to the folk of Clements Park – very few of them will find it convenient for walking. Those who do use it will come and park on Warley Hill – adding to the madness of siting superstore on that location.

But – however did the developers get away with building the massive development in Clements Park without bothering to put in any shop at all? A little loose research this morning reveals there are around 500 properties at Clements Park.

And what does Essex County Council say about developments of 500 properties?

Let’s see, shall we?

“It is desirable that most larger developments incorporate a range of non residential uses… such as shops, schools… No development of more than 500 dwellings should be without such uses”

Not a single shop has been built in Clements Park (to the best of my knowledge) – they did manage to include a school and a doctor’s surgery, but how they managed to build all those houses with not a single shop is a mystery.

The Clements Park development also appears to contradict a number of other features of the ‘Essex Design Guide‘ – which is supposed to ensure residential developments in Essex are sustainable and appropriate.

Looks like our local council failed us – let us hope they don’t do so with the proposed development(s) on Warley Hill.

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