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ESSEX CC HOUSING REQUIREMENT SLASHED

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Plans to build 20,000 new homes in the Essex countryside look to have been shelved after the county council confirm...
Plans to build 20,000 new homes in the Essex countryside look to have been shelved after the county council confirmed it had slashed its requirements.

The authority's structure plan caused great concern last year when it was announced the homes were needed - primarily on 'greenfield' sites, reported the East Anglian Daily Times (14 Jan, p9).

But Pat Amos, Essex CC structure plan manager, said that, following extensive consultation and comments from the district and borough councils concerned and government departments, they decided to make the amendments.

'It was decided that we ahould look more thoroughly into using 'brownfield' (derelict or underused) sites.'

Steve Cawley, leader of Colchester BC, said: 'It's very encouraging and shows that the consultation process is working.'
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