West Mersea Neighbourhood Plan
3 Vision and Objectives
The West Mersea Vision
To maintain and enrich West Mersea as a vibrant and cohesive community ensuring new development will be both sustainable and improve life for ourselves without prejudicing lives for future generations. Support the local economy; provide high quality accommodation for all in our community while respecting the individual character of the town and protecting our natural environment.
- To ensure that new housing meets the needs of West Mersea.
- To ensure new housing is available, appropriate and accessible to people of all ages and circumstances in order to maintain a balanced, cohesive and diverse population.
Open Space, Sport and Recreation
- To preserve and promote open spaces and recreation.
- To provide a balance between the different types of open space.
- To make parks and open spaces accessible to a wider range of people.
- To provide for more attractive communal areas for informal and formal recreation.
Traffic and Transport
- To ensure that any proposed development provides footpath and cycleway links to the town, coastal and recreational areas to encourage residents to walk and cycle easing congestion, pollution and parking problems.
- To preserve the long-term viability of the harbour area for maritime, commercial and leisure activities.
- To support the sustainable development of satisfactory, long-term employment on the island for Mersea residents.
Infrastructure and Services
- To support maintenance and improvement of Water, Gas, Electricity, Broadband, Mobile Telephone, Waste Disposal and Recycling services, to provide satisfactory utility infrastructure, emphasising Mersea Island's unique situation.
- To maintain the town centre's character and focal point for commerce and the community with its cafés, Community Centre and historical heritage.
Natural Environment and Landscape
- To preserve and enhance existing wildlife corridors and ensure that any new development meets the NPPF requirements.
- To protect and enhance the international, nationally and locally designated habitats in their own rights and from the impact of new development.
- To protect and enhance the unique landscape of the island from inappropriate development.
- To ensure where tourism is encouraged it respects the character of the rural countryside, coastal character and natural habitat.
- To support existing and new tourist facilities and leisure developments which benefit the island's economy and employment and are not contrary to the well-being of the island's residents.
- To conserve and enhance the town's many heritage assets and ensuring that any new development serves to makes a positive contribution to the existing historic environment.
- To preserve the Town Centre character, the Strood Causeway and Packing Marsh Island
- To minimise the impact of new development on the environment.