Making Good Use of Derelict Land

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There is a general excitement in the air these days, particularly in parts of Essex and London such as Braintree, as new homes begin to take shape. These houses are often replacing land that has become redundant and home to derelict factories and other buildings. Keepmoat Homes have begun the Boars Tye Road development in Silver End, which will see the creation of 59 two, three and four bedroom properties. The development will be called Francis End, as the idea was inspired by Francis Henry Crittall, the founder of the village.

The new homes will be divided into 36 for private sale, 16 for affordable renting and 7 for shared ownership with Home Group. There will be definite efforts to stay within the distinctive style of the original 1920’s look as new structures are created. The masterplan for the village all those years ago featured roads formed in straight lines and ordered houses. Art deco design windows with horizontal bars, low pitched roofs and light coloured bricks will be part of the project homes.

Landscaping and children’s play areas are part of the plans, and most of the new homes will be included in the help to buy scheme. These changes will give a much needed facelift to the Silver End district which became redundant after the closure of the Crittall window factory in 2006. Leader of Braintree District Council Graham Butland spoke about the importance of brownfield sites and stated “The site has been allocated for housing development since 2011 and the council has met the landowners on numerous occasions to encourage the landowner to bring the site forward. This has included site visits with owners, agents and Historic England who have an interest in the site”.

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