Rouses Farm development granted outline planning permission
21 December 2023
Plans for an exciting new community at Rouses Farm in Clacton have taken a step forward after outline planning permission was granted by Tendring District Council.
Outline planning permission has been approved following an application by Persimmon Homes Essex for Rouses Farm, which sits to the west of Clacton-on-Sea.
The application covers up to 950 new homes, designed to meet the housing need locally, with a minimum of 190 of these available for below market value rent through a social housing partner or as shared ownership.
Land will be reserved for a new primary school and early years childcare provision and the developer will make a financial contribution towards education facilities elsewhere in the area; and the development will also provide a new Neighbourhood Centre, allowing for a variety of uses.
As part of the new neighbourhood, the region will make improvements at five junctions off-site, easing traffic flow to and from the development with new signals at two of the junctions.
There will be new bus stops created off site to benefit new and existing residents and encourage sustainable travel choices.
The region will create two local equipped areas of play for children to enjoy, and these will be set amongst large open green spaces. In total, nearly a third of the site will be left as green space.
We have worked alongside Tendring District Council on the plans, ensuring they meet the needs of the community. They will now forge ahead with more detailed plans before submitting their final application for reserved matters.
Richard Hush, Managing Director of Persimmon Homes Essex, said:
“We’re delighted to have these initial plans approved and to be able to start planning ahead for this exciting new community. We know there is great demand for new homes in Clacton and across Tendring and we look forward to helping meet that demand.
“We’re proud of the additional benefits our scheme will offer, including opportunity for much-needed health and education facilities for the wider area.”
Rouses Farm is a major development for the district, accounting for a significant proportion of the identified housing supply in Tendring in coming years.