We are suggesting that a maximum of 250 new homes be allowed across all the sites proposed. This is considerably less than the total of over 1,000 suggested by landowners in their response to the ‘Call for Sites’. The sustainable sites suggested can accommodate 250 homes at medium acceptable density.
20% of these would be affordable housing, and we would prioritise smaller homes (2 or 3 bed) and those suitable for older active people.
In addition about 60 houses could potentially be built by 2032 on land which already has planning permission – such as Cedrics site – as well as infill on some garden sites and vacant small plots.
This gives an estimated total of 310 new dwellings by 2032.
Why 250 new homes?
One constraint is the number of primary school places. The Wivenhoe schools are highly rated and are fully subscribed however there are currently 78 pupils in Wivenhoe schools who travel from outside the town. In the longer term these places could become available to Wivenhoe residents. Children who are already of primary school age who move to the area may not be able to get a place but, as long as we have good schools, this would be true even if we built no additional housing. Using the planning formula of 0.3 primary school age children per house, 260 homes could be built. This is less than the 310 mentioned above but some homes will be smaller and some designed. for the elderly so will have less impact on demand for primary school places.
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