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Whilst I completely understand the requirement for further housing, and this area of Layer de la Haye is arguably suitable, I have to agree wholeheartedly with many of the objector's comments made here.
As parents with a young family our biggest concern is the potential lack of investment in to the local infrastructure such as the school, surgery and so forth, I'm sure this is a view that will be shared by many in the village.
The school is near capacity, and shows little sign of being expanded, as is the doctor's surgery, indeed we have to use one outside of the village.
I would be deeply disappointed if there were a situation where my children were not able to attend the village school due to an influx of children from the new development.
I also fear the all too common situation of the promise of infrastructure development, but the houses are built, and no further investment is made.
And let's hope 50 means 50, once building starts there's a quick re-gig of the plans and suddenly 65 houses can fit, so retrospective planning permission is applied for and gets approval adding further strain to the local infrastructure.
I'm really not sure why the folly can't be used for access, seems the obvious choice to me and would prevent further traffic through the estate.
I don't believe anyone in the heart of hearts will deny that additional housing is required, and no one wants it on their doorstep, but it needs to be done considerately and in tandem with the investment in, and development of, local amenities.
James, Old Forge Rd