Plans for 2,500 homes on Lakeside basin are submitted to council

A projected vision of the Northlake development that has been submitted to Thurrock Council.

LONG awaited development plans for the land at lakeside which was occupied by the Arena Essex Raceway have been brought into the public domain with an application to Thurrock Council.

Studio Egret West, described as urban designers, architects and landscape architects, have submitted a detailed planning application for 342 homes and associated facilities and outline permission for 2,158 dwellings across the wider site.

The London-based firm, which says it is representing ‘London Strategic Land’ says: “We have submitted plans for Northlake, a new neighbourhood in the Lakeside basin, Thurrock.

“The scheme places well-being at the forefront, and comprises 2,500 dwellings nestled around a linear park that works with existing ecological habitats to create a holistic landscape.

An artist’s visualisation of part of the Northlake development.

“The proposals intend to establish a highly liveable community where wildlife focused areas and people focused areas are balanced and mutually beneficial. A lake with a lido, a woodland park with mountain bike trails and open mosaic grassland all contribute to the quality of the neighbourhood and to regional bio-diversity by creating another core area along the Mar Dyke River Valley linear corridor.

“Detailed approval is sought for 342 dwellings; a linear park; a lido facility; 3km of mountain bike routes with a national standard pump track; and a plethora of public realm improvements.

“Outline approval is sought for up to 2158 dwellings; a new primary/nursery school; community pavilion; retail; public art together with open space, landscape and public realm provision.”