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Local housing developer has been accused of trying to sneak extra homes on to the Billericay School Farm site.

Campaigners from Save Our Spaces Billericay are angry Banner Homes submitted a planning application to build a further 19 homes on the former Billericay School Farm, in Noak Hill Road after already being turned down for the initial 70 home site. Banner Homes bought the 1.7 hectare site for £5.5 million with the initial 70 home application being turned down by Basildon Council.

Campaigners are angry that this new bid for 19 more properties has been submitted are a great deal of campaigning to stop the development.

[quote width="auto" align="none" border="#0066cc" color="#0066cc" title="SOS Billericay spokesman Peter Tucker said in the Echo"]First, Banner Homes planned to put 70 houses there, before those plans were withdrawn and it got permission for 51. But now it wants to make changes to the plans and sneak more houses on to the site.’’ Mr Tucker added: “We need to put a stop to this. We need to protect the green space in Billericay, as there is only Mill Meadows and Lake Meadows park."[/quote]

Councillor Malcolm Buckley was Basildon Council’s leader when the firm’s appeal against refusal of the 70 homes was submitted and also commented, “There are two issues here. One is our broad objection to building on green belt land. The second is the fact Banner Homes successfully appealed against our original rejection. The inspectorate agreed it was OK for 51 homes on the land. But that does not mean the council would agree with any significant changes submitted by the developer.”

Image from the Echo.

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