New Wickford Action Group Website

View of Wickford from St Margaret's Church, Downham
The Wickford Action Group was set up in 2005. Our initial purpose was to fight against the Wickford Town Centre Masterplan, which proposed the building of over 700 flats in the centre of town in order to fund what we saw as pie in the sky regeneration. 
Although the Town Centre Masterplan is now dead and buried, there have been some 500 flats built since then, with precious little regeneration, and we continue to fight for a better Wickford, with any increase in housing being family friendly and with sufficient support services (roads, schools, doctors etc.)

What is happening now?
The current situation is that, under a government directive, Basildon council has had to produce a plan for house building for the next 20 years (the current plan is 20 years old!). They currently propose 3,624 more homes in Wickford, many on the green belt, two new traveller sites and extra pitches on existing sites.

The Draft Local Plan 2014-2034 was approved 22 March 2018

See below for a full update of the Local Plan 2014-2034. This website will keep you informed of progress in this project, and maintains links to relevant housing developments in the town - see links on the right.

Our Facebook site.
In parallel with this, our Facebook site is where you can participate in a lively up-to-date discussion with other residents on Wickford issues. We have over 4,000 members
view here and join now!