House building plans behind the site of the former Bull Inn pub

THIRTY-TWO new homes could be built on land near a struggling former pub that has been demolished to make way for homes.

Developer Smart Planning has submitted a bid to Basildon Council to build dozens of houses on land behind the former Bull Inn pub in London Road, Pitsea.

The pub, which had a controversial history after being closed following fights, underage drinking and drinking by staff, was bulldozed to make way for 23 homes in 2014.

Now a developer is eyeing green belt land behind the old site, just south of Eversley Leisure Centre, for new development.

Shot Down – The Old Bull Inn

The developer proposed a mix of detached, semi-detached and semi-detached houses, one four-bed, 20 three-bed, four two-bed and seven one-bed served by 57 parking spaces.

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Only four of the houses will be offered as affordable housing.

“Housing will be traditional and in keeping with the surrounding settlement,” the planning documents state.

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The site currently consists of an open field, with brush vegetation and bordered by hedgerows and trees.

Pitsea South East Councilor Gary Canham said: “Each planning application must be decided on its own merits, but we need quality homes for the people of Pitsea.

“You can see the public objections to the mega developments in the town center which led to the Tories taking over administration, so I think we need to think carefully about our aspirations for Basildon.

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“Wherever we seek to build new homes, the need to fit our vision of spacious, high quality homes for Basildon families.”

In March, Basildon Council voted to scrap its local plan – a plan to deliver nearly 18,000 homes in the borough by 2034.

In the absence of a clear plan for the construction of the houses, the plaintiff argues that the houses are needed to address Basildon’s ‘significant housing shortage’.

“There is a long-standing historical deficit in housing delivery in the borough, and housing targets are not being met. Basildon Council are unable to demonstrate the supply of land for housing over five years.