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Land off Richard Avenue, Wivenhoe

Land off Richard Avenue - Wivenhoe - Essex

Taylor Wimpey is preparing a full detailed planning application for 120 new homes on land off Richard Avenue, Wivenhoe.

  • Overview


    Taylor Wimpey is preparing a full detailed planning application for 120 new homes on land off Richard Avenue, Wivenhoe.

    The site is allocated for residential development in the Wivenhoe Neighbourhood Plan, which was approved in a referendum held on 2nd May 2019. Our application will deliver the objectives set out within that document.

    Our proposed development will have a mix of high quality homes, of which a proportion will be affordable, in line with the neighbourhood plan. The new development will also provide land for new sports fields, a play area and open space with improved footpath and cycle links. An area of currently private countryside to the east of the main site will be opened up for public access.

    Public consultation

    It is important that we listen to the views of the local community while preparing our proposal. We therefore held an online public exhibition via this website from Monday 1st February to Sunday 14th February 2021.

    We are grateful to all those who provided feedback on our proposal. We are now analysing this feedback and making changes to our design prior to submitting a planning application to Colchester Borough Council.

    You can find out more about our proposals by downloading our exhibition boards using the link below.

    Click here to download our exhibition boards.

    As part of this consultation we also held a webinar via this website at 6pm on Monday 8th February 2021. You can view the webinar at the link below.

    Click here to view our webinar.

    You can register your interest in a new home and receive the latest updates by clicking the ‘Register your interest’ button above. You can still get in touch with the project team using the ‘Email us’ button, or you can write to us at Wivenhoe Consultation, Taylor Wimpey London, BT Brentwood, 1 London Road, Brentwood, Essex, CM14 4QP.

  • About the site

    About the site


    The site constrains that influence our development proposals. Click to enlarge.


    It is important that our new development connects logically and easily with the wider Wivenhoe community. Cycling and walking will be encouraged, with safe and attractive routes through the development that link to existing foot and cycle paths.

    Vehicle access will be from Richard Avenue, which will curve into the site via an extension of the existing road immediately after the junction with Henrietta Close.

    The main road through the development will swing to the left and then to the right, passing through an area of open space under the route of the existing pylons, to match the curving nature of the approach through the estate from Elmstead Road.  

    Smaller secondary roads will spur off to the north and south, creating short cul-de-sac streets which match the form of development away from Richard Avenue and Alexandra Drive. 

    The technical constraints of the site mean that it cannot be delivered exactly in line with the Wivenhoe Neighbourhood Plan proposal map. No-build zones by electricity pylons, root protection areas and the drainage ditch mean that areas have to be redistributed with some of the new homes falling north of the pylons. 

    This enables us to deliver in full the objectives of the Neighbourhood Plan, with the total overall proportion of each space, including residential, open space, sports fields and play areas remaining the same.

  • What's proposed

    What's proposed

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    How the new homes could look. Click to enlarge.

    Our vision is to create a new community in Wivenhoe that provides a healthy environment for people to live, relax, exercise and work.

    The new homes will be surrounded by public open space, giving green views on all sides and creating a buffer against the side and rear of existing properties. This protects their amenity and ensures that there will be no overlooking from the new homes.  

    The proposals include open space with green links through the site that also provide room for the infrastructure needed to support the new homes, including a surface water attenuation basin in the southeastern corner.

    A new cycle route will be created along the eastern edge of the site, providing cycle access to both the north eastern side of Wivenhoe and a large area for new sports pitches and parkland that will serve both the residents of the new homes and the existing community on the north side of Wivenhoe. 

    The Wivenhoe Neighbourhood Plan required all new development in the town to be of a high standard, responding positively to its context.

    The appearance of the new homes will be inspired by neighbouring streets, mainly using brick but with elements of boarding and render to add detail and a splash of colour.

    The relationship between the new houses and the existing homes in Richard Avenue will continue, with each property set back behind a small front garden and car parking hidden away to the side, matching the existing form of development so that there is continuity in the appearance of the street. 

    The new homes will face outwards and look towards the open space, creating informal surveillance so that it is secure and safe to use. All new homes will include access to secure cycle storage and car parking provision will be in line with local planning policy.

    Most of the new homes will be two storeys in height, arranged into detached, semi-detached and terraced groups. A few two-and-a-half storey houses are included within the scheme, placed towards the eastern side and away from any existing properties, to add interest to the roofscape and to create features on the edge of the public realm. 

  • Community



    The development will include areas of landscaped open space and land for new sports pitches. Click to enlarge.

    We aim to work closely with communities to help ensure our schemes deliver long term benefits for our customers and the local community.

    Our aim is to create a sustainable community that benefits both new residents and those that already live nearby.

    All new homes will be highly insulated with low-energy lighting and a selection of low-use water fittings. Building materials will be carefully selected and procured in order to reduce their life cycle impact, including using timber from certified sustainable sources only.

    A Section 106 agreement will be drawn up as part of any planning permission, which will dictate contributions that Taylor Wimpey must make to support local infrastructure and facilities, including both on and off-site education, healthcare and sports and recreation.

    A significant portion of land to the north of the site will be provided to the community to create new sports fields.

    Of the 120 homes, 20% will be affordable in line with the adopted Wivenhoe Neighbourhood Plan. Of these, at least 95% will meet national accessibility and adaptability standards and 5% will meet wheelchair user standards.

  • Updates

    News and updates

    Check back here to see key dates and milestones for our proposals*.

    • January 2021 - Land acquired
    • February 2021 - public consultation
    • March 2021 - full detailed planning application submission
    • Summer 2021 - anticipated planning decision
    • Autumn 2021 - work starts on site
    • Spring 2022 - first homes go on sale

    *Dates subject to change