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3.1 The Parish of Eight Ash Green came into existence in 1947
taking land from the surrounding Parishes – 641 acres from
Fordham, 844 acres from Copford, 125 acres from Stanway and 4
acres from Aldham. At the time, the population was approximately
some 600 and the villagers were mainly involved in agriculture and
local trades. There were scattered farms and cottages with two
main dwelling areas around Fordham Heath as well as the crossroads
by what was the Brick and Tile Public House. The Commons at Seven
Star Green and Daisy Green were given to our Parish Council in
1973 by deed of gift by the Lord of the Manor of Copford.
3.2 The current socio economic profile of the village shows:-
3.3 Within the village is an ancient 36 acre Heath which is both
a registered green and has common land status; an open, green
landscape both internal and external to the village with several
conservation areas; thirteen Grade 2 listed buildings; a public
house; a village hall; a church; allotments; a hotel and leisure
club; two dental surgeries; a play area for children; eight ponds
that support a myriad of wildlife; an Ofsted rated good primary
school; and recreation facilities by way of both a cricket and
3.4 Assets within 5 kilometres include Colchester town with its
multitude of shops and facilities; a good transport infrastructure
with links via the A12 and the main London to Norwich rail line at
Colchester and local rail services at Marks Tey station; the
Stanway shopping and leisure facilities; three GP surgeries
including a health centre; and good secondary and further
3.5 Following extensive consultations within the village,
residents are prepared to accept 150 additional dwellings as
outlined in the emerging Local Plan. This represents a twenty-two
per cent uplift on the present housing stock but there is no
desire to expand any further either in terms of the number of
houses or building on any more land in the village during that
plan period. That said, the intention is to welcome and integrate
the newcomers to the village and way of life.
3.6 The overriding wish of the village is to remain a
sustainable, quiet, rural Parish, which overlooks and is part of
the beautiful Colne Valley to the north, and is sited on the edge
of, but not part of, Colchester/Stanway or the proposed West Tey
Garden Community/ New Town.
3.7 The Colchester Borough Council Landscape Character
provides a baseline inventory and description of the Borough's
landscape character types and areas. "Character" is defined as a
distinct, recognisable and consistent pattern of elements that
make each landscape (or townscape) different. Character is
influenced by particular combinations of visual, ecological,
historical, settlement, built components, and other intangible
aspects such as tranquillity and sense of place.
3.8 The need to protect landscape character has been recognised
by Essex County Council together with the need to protect the
distinctive character of villages and countryside. The unique
character of the village has been set out in the Eight Ash Green
Village Design Statement of 2013
refreshed by the responses to the questionnaire of Spring 2017.
3.9 Regionally, Eight Ash Green is categorised as being in the
North Thames Regional Character Area. In terms of the Essex County
Character Areas, it is categorised as being in the E2 South
Colchester Farmlands Area, nestled right up against the C7 Colne
Valley Character Area to the north. See map below. It is described
as being a "small linear village settlement" with its "setting
providing visual and physical separation from Colchester".
Pond at bottom of Lower Heath
3.10 The village is based on sediments of sand and gravel as
well as clay deposits and comprises a gently undulating broad
plateau predominantly used for arable or improved pasture. It
interspersed with woodland and natural habitats in an open
environment that provides wildlife corridors, combined with an
ancient 36 acre heath.
3.11 The community of Eight Ash Green greatly values the
benefits of living in a truly rural village where it does not wish
to become a suburb of Colchester as part of a creeping urban
sprawl. Whilst the landscape does not merit the award of being an
Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, it is characterised by a
lovely open feel with many natural features such as the Heath,
mature trees and woods, ponds and fields lined with ancient
hedgerows, footpaths and bridleways. These distinctive features
are much valued by the community.
3.12 The Landscape Character Assessment recommends a landscape
strategy that will preserve and enhance the distinctive character
of villages and countryside. References to and support for such a
strategy, are set out below in the appropriate Objectives and
Landscape Character Area
Colne Valley (Eight Ash Green
South Colchester Farmlands
(2011) Office for National Statistics Census
(2017) Eight Ash Green Neighbourhood Plan Questionnaire
Chris Blandford Associates (2005) Colchester Borough
Landscape Character Assessment – for Colchester
(July 2013) Eight Ash Green Village Design Statement