Bidwells secured planning permission for the residential redevelopment of a former adult community learning centre in the Green Belt. The site forms part of Essex County Council’s estate identified as surplus to requirements through the Housing and Public Sector Land Project.

The scheme is for 60 bed Independent Living home for older people and 14 private residential dwellings.


 What we did

  • Provided strategic planning advice to the client and project team throughout the design phase up to the determination of the scheme at planning committee 

  • Coordinated the application package 

  • Prepared a full planning justification

  • Negotiated with consultees and the local planning authority throughout the process


  • Unanimous committee resolution for the grant of planning permission

  • A scheme of exemplary design quality 

  • The design successfully accommodates the functional and access requirements of a local youth football team which uses the playing fields adjacent to the development site

  • The benefits of the new Independent Living model of extra care housing can now be experienced in a new location within the county 

  • The grant of consent for this development ensures maximum benefit is passed to the county’s residents and the public purse


bed independent living scheme


Independent Living, Rochford

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