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Latimer, the market sale development arm of Clarion, has been appointed to partner housebuilder Mersea on a new “garden community” in Essex which could see up to 9,000 new homes built on greenfield land. 

The garden community will be in Essex (picture: Getty)

The garden community will be in Essex (picture: Getty)


Clarion’s development arm picked for new 9,000-home ‘garden community’ #UKhousing

The business will act as master developer on the 1,000-acre site in East Colchester – known as Tendring Colchester Borders Garden Community – which has an estimated gross development value of around £3bn.

A minimum of 30 per cent of the homes are expected to be affordable. There will also be provision for Gypsies and Travellers, according to the scheme’s official website.

The plans also include a country park, commercial space, a new primary and secondary school, cycling infrastructure and a new link road.

The scheme is part of a “long-term vision” by Colchester Borough Council, Tendring District Council and Essex County Council to address a signification rise in the area’s population of late.

It is the smallest of three garden communities that have been proposed for North Essex as part of a strategic local plan. Another planned for west of Colchester includes up to 24,000 homes and another west of Braintree proposes up to 13,500 homes.

However, a planning inspector advised last year that the plans for the other two garden communities should be dropped by the local authorities.

It it unclear at this stage when planning permission will be sought.

However, a spokesperson for Latimer said the councils are working towards a development plan document (DPD).

“Following a programme of community and stakeholder engagement over the summer and early autumn, a draft version of the DPD is expected to be consulted on in the early part of 2022,” the spokesperson added.

Essex County Council submitted plans for the new link road between the A120 and A133 in April this year.

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