West Mersea

Welcome to the Public Consultation pages for West Mersea.

Brierley Paddocks is identified as being suitable for residential and community development within the emerging Colchester Borough Council Local Plan, which defines where new development should be located to provide for the needs of the Borough up to 2033.

We are pleased with Colchester Council’s decision to approve our plans for new homes and community facilities at Brierley Paddocks. Being Essex-based, local projects like these are close to our hearts, and we look forward to working with the council to help deliver new homes, including 30% affordable housing on site.

The scheme includes 100 new homes and 0.5 hectares of community/commercial use. In addition, there will be one vehicular access point onto East Road and pedestrian/cycle access to Seaview Avenue, alongside open space, a children’s play area, new footpath and cycle links and financial contributions towards local infrastructure. There’s been a great level of local interest and we are keen to work with the community, with our scheme providing contributions to support the improvements of facilities at Glebe Sports Ground and Mersea Island’s medical facilities.

Detailed proposals on what’s to come will be shared in the coming months and we anticipate that work will begin on site later this year.

The current Colchester Borough Council Local Plan is out of date; however, the Council is at an advanced stage in the preparation of a new Local Plan.

The emerging Local Plan identifies West Mersea as one of three Rural District Centres, as it is one of the largest of the Borough’s sustainable settlements that provides essential services and facilities

to both the local community and the surrounding area. The Council considers that West Mersea is suitable for growth during the Plan period up to 2033.

City & Country has promoted Brierley Paddocks as part of Colchester Borough Council’s Local Plan process to address this identified need for development.

At the first stage of the emerging Local Plan process, the site was allocated for 200 dwellings, however, in the second iteration this was reduced.

The emerging Local Plan, now states that the following mixed-use development at Brierley Paddocks will be supported by the Council:

  1. 100 new dwellings of a mix and type of housing to be compatible with surrounding
  2. development
  3. A satisfactory vehicular access
  4. New public open space; and
  5. Community facilities if identified in the Neighbourhood Plan

Residents may be aware that another site in West Mersea has also been proposed for residential development at Dawes Lane for 100 new dwellings; public open space; and recreational facilities. This results in a total allocation of 200 dwellings for West Mersea.

Progress on the emerging Local Plan has stalled due to concerns raised by the Inspector appointed by the Secretary of State regarding justification of the Garden Settlements. Further work is now required by the Council and adoption of the Local Plan is now anticipated to be mid-2020 at the earliest.

In the interim, West Mersea may become vulnerable to speculative applications on other sites, on the basis that the Council must be able to demonstrate a continuous five-year supply of deliverable

housing sites. An early application and grant of consent at Brierley Paddocks could help the local community resist such proposals.

It is recognised that the site is allocated for 100 dwellings in the emerging Local Plan submitted for Examination. However, development for a greater number of houses would ensure the most efficient use of the land, in accordance with national planning policy. The site provides and opportunity for and can accommodate more development than that currently identified in the emerging Local Plan. This position is supported by its initial allocation by the Council for 200 dwellings.