Draft Schedule of Main Modifications to Section 2 Colchester Local Plan
Representation ID: 8478
Respondent: Mr Matt Halls
Legally compliant? No
Duty to co-operate? No
The new development is located on farmland which is considered the be green belt land. This sits outside the governments preferred guidance for the development of brown field sites or sites which are not virgin land.
The village is also not sustainable due to:
Lack of transportation links
Poor infrastructure - poor water pressure and internet connectivity
Electrical infrastructure with regular power outages during poor weather
A lack of basic amenities.
We see our government pushing the environmental agenda at COP26 conference to reduce our CO2 levels to net-zero, this development will rely on cars increasing our CO2 output.
Look to reduce the number of homes to a much smaller level to reduce impact on the surrounding area. The allocation for Great Tey had been confirm by Colchester Borough Council as 40 home needed until 2035. with the recent new development completed in the village providing 15 homes this means that 25 homes are required to meet the allocation target. this should be sort in smaller allocation shared around the great Tey Parish not allocated in one location.
I would like to comment on the proposed planning application for this site. Which I note takes into consideration many of the residents concerns, highlighted in over 150 previous objection letters, previous resident meetings and questionnaires returns, these being:
1, Access - restricting access to Newbarn Road does greatly reduce the environmental pollution (noise, light and air) to the current residents. It also removes the potential increase risks of vehicle accidents within the area of the primary school and the risk to children and parents walking to/from the school.
2, Greenspace - The inclusion of green spaces between the existing home and the new homes, some residents are very concerned to be so close to new properties in a village setting.
3, Foot and cycleway traffic access - Making pedestrian and cycleway only access via the existing village network. This links the development without reducing existing residents living quality, maintains the peaceful village setting and controls levels of pollution within the residential area.
The location for the new development is located on farmland which is considered the be green belt land. This sits outside the governments guidance for the preferred development of brown field sites or sites which are not virgin land. Green belt land should be the last land resource to be developed not the first due to it being inexpensive. The village is also not sustainable due to the following:
Lack of transportation links to other areas only 5 buses from 09:00 to 16:00 not suitable for work travel
Poor infrastructure, including poor water pressure and internet connectivity
A lack of amenities - The village has only one public house, no shops or post office, and a primary school.
Electrical infrastructure - Current home energy supplies are unstable with regular power outages during poor weather
We see our government pushing the environmental agenda at COP26 conference in recent weeks with a focus on reducing our CO2 levels to net-zero, and protecting the plant, however, this development will rely on cars for transportation increasing our CO2 output.