A number of new details have been released around the Dunton Hills Garden Village scheme, which revealed provisions for the young and elderly.

Education facilities include a secondary school, three primary schools and early years provision. The secondary school could be co-located with a primary school.

Three assisted living facilities are also being planned for the development. However, there have been no mention of a new doctors surgery, although the masterplan describes a GP surgery located close to the site in West Horndon.

Dunton Hills are speaking at the upcoming Garden Cities & New Towns conference.

The Dunton Hills farmstead, which features former agricultural buildings dating from the late 17th to mid 19th century, including a Grade II listed farmhouse and two barns, are planned to be kept and used as an anchor point for the garden village.

The development, which could grow to around 4,000 homes, is being envisaged in three areas – Dunton Fanns, Dunton Woods and Dunton Waters – “each anchored by a primary school, small scale local facilities”.

The provision of allotments and community gardens, as well as orchards and room even for beehives, may also be included near the farmstead.

The masterplan will set the framework for how detailed design features are progressed in the garden village, shaping the look and feel of Dunton Hills through a set of mandatory principles, which set out the spatial and overarching guidelines for Dunton Hills garden village.