Brentwood Borough Council,
Telephone: 01277 312500
Fax: 01277 312743
The Borough of Brentwood is situated in the southwest of Essex and is a pleasant, busy town conveniently situated for London and the surrounding countryside and villages. Brentwood has a good mix of shops, schools, businesses and recreational facilities.
The Borough is located within the Metropolitan Green Belt, with the heart of the Town only minutes away from pleasant woods, commons and rights of way.
Apart from its urban heart, the Borough of Brentwood has about 3,000 acres (about 1,215 hectares) of woodland, three country parks, a large amount of farmland and a number of very attractive villages within its borders, yet it is only 18 miles from London.
Road and rail connections are excellent with the M25, A12 and A127 trunk roads within the Borough and convenient, fast rail links with London and East Anglia.
Stansted, City and Southend airports are all 30 to 40 minutes drive away, with Heathrow and Gatwick airports not much more. The Dartford Tunnel/Queen Elizabeth II Bridge and Tilbury Docks are also within easy reach. To the east, Harwich and Felixstowe are 90 minutes away via the A12 road.
Such assets give the Borough of Brentwood a superior locational advantage much appreciated by local residents and businesses.
The Borough of Brentwood includes the parishes of Ingatestone and Fryerning, Mountnessing, Doddinghurst, Blackmore, Hook End and Wyatts Green, Navestock, Kelvedon Hatch and Stondon Massey. These parishes vary in size and comprise a number of attractive villages and landscapes with many important and historic buildings. Within the Borough as a whole there are 510 buildings listed for their historical and architectural importance.
The Borough has a total area of around 15,315 hectares and a population of around 70,000.
Some 80% of Brentwood's housing is owner-occupied, the majority of which has been built since 1945. Much of the older housing has been renovated and there are few areas of poor quality housing in the Borough, although there is a need for significantly more low cost, affordable housing.
Employment within the Borough is very much concentrated in the service sector, which is mainly located in Brentwood Town Centre, Brentwood Station and Warley Business Park. There are however, seven industrial estates and numerous other smaller enterprises scattered throughout the Borough. Over 50% of the resident workforce commutes out of the Borough to work, particularly into London.
The main shopping area is Brentwood Town Centre, with many multiples including Marks and Spencer, Boots, Sainsbury's and Somerfield represented, and there is also the historic shopping area of Crown Street and Roper’s Yard just off the High Street.
Shenfield and Ingatestone are smaller, but nevertheless important shopping centres serving local needs and there are a number of smaller shopping parades and village centres around the Borough.
The Town Centre is also an historic centre with 3 designated Conservation Areas, incorporating several Listed Buildings and an Ancient Monument - the St Thomas a Becket Chapel. Elsewhere in the Borough there are eleven Conservation Areas.
Less than 20% of the Borough is built up. Brentwood itself has a well landscaped character, which reduces the impact of the urban environment.
There are a number of important green wedges reaching into the built up area, two of which extend right into the centre of the town Hartswood/Shenfield Common, and Brentwood School/Merrymeade Park. Thriftwood is also an extensive woodland area within the Town. In addition, the well landscaped areas like Hutton Mount, Hartswood and the Homesteads add to this sylvan character.
Within the rural area of the Borough, there are three sites of Special Scientific Interest.
There is a variety of both public and private sports and recreational facilities in the Borough, including the multi-functional Brentwood Centre and International Hall at Pilgrims Hatch.