Basildon Borough lies at the heart of South Essex, and is made up of the urban areas of Basildon (including Laindon and Pitsea), Billericay and Wickford, and the three serviced villages of Bowers Gifford, Crays Hill and Ramsden Bellhouse. These settlements are surrounded by countryside designated as Green Belt, which contains two un-serviced villages and thirteen Plotland settlements. Although not always known for it, Basildon Borough has a rich cultural offer, with its historic town centres, areas of open countryside, small villages and plotland settlements, as well as a unique and biodiversity rich wildlife habitat in the form of the Thames Estuary marshes.

One of the borough’s more unique character traits is reflected in its main settlement, Basildon. Basildon town is a Mark 1 New Town designated in 1949, and built in a number of phases over 50 years to create more regulated development in place of the extensive plotlands, and to absorb the expanding population of London.

Basildon Borough is also the largest economy in the South Essex sub-region. It is home to the A127 Enterprise Corridor, the largest concentration of employment in Essex, with about 87,000 jobs based in the borough.

The Borough offers a range of leisure and recreational opportunities including the Basildon Sporting Village, which includes the only 50m swimming pool in Essex and South Essex Gymnastic Centre. The Borough is also home to several health clubs, four golf courses, four country parks, and over 1,300ha of open space.

Basildon Council Local guidance Countywide / Subregional Not currently available
Local Development Plan      
Adopted Local Plan    
Draft Local Plan    
Development Viability      
Developer Contributions      
Greater Essex Growth and Infrastructure Framework (GIF)    
Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL)      
Development and Urban Design      
Neighbourhood planning    
Planning Policy    
Design Guidance    
Parking Policy    
Health and Wellbeing      
Health Impact Assessment(HIA)    
Accessible and Adaptable Dwellings    
National Space Standards      
Essex Insight Public Health Profile    
Open Space Appraisal    
Open Space Strategy    
Playing Pitch Assessment    
Climate Change and Flood Risk      
Strategic Flood Risk Assessment (SFRA)    
Water Cycle Study    
Surface Water Management Plan (SWMP)  
Sustainable Drainage Systems Design Guide    
Environment Quality      
Landscape Character Assessment    
Green Space Strategy    
Historic Characterisation    
Local Wildlife Site Review    
Conservation Appraisal    
Ecology Site Assessments    
Transport and Communications Infrastructure      
Highways Standards    
Cycling Strategy  
Local Transport Plan    
Protected Lanes     ● 
Economy & Retails      
Economic Development Needs Assessment (EDNA)    
Retail Needs Assessment    
Strategic Housing Market Assessment (SHMA)    
Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment (SHLAA)    
Gypsy & Traveller Accommodation Assessment  
Green Belt      
Green Belt Functions Assessment    
Green Belt Landscape Assessment    
Green Belt Boundary Review    


Page updated: 29/08/2019

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