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I write regarding the housing development proposed to the west of Marks Tey. The plan at the moment is a draft, so details are vague, but various reports suggest as many as 28,000 homes may be built which would change the character of the area immensely.
Despite the proposal for such a large number of houses, there seems to be very little information with respect to the many other factors which need due consideration.
I would object to a large scale development at Marks Tey for the following reasons:
1 Because Marks Tey is to the west of Colchester, it is likely that any new residents would most probably commute to London rather than enrich the local economy.
2 There seem to be numerous proposals as to how and where the A120 would be improved making it difficult to see how housing can be developed without a firm an integrated proposal for the siting of the A120.
3 The railway line to London is already at maximum capacity and it would appear to be difficult to add the extra services necessary to acceptably satisfy an increased population.
4 The routes into Colchester from Marks Tey are not good and can only get worse with an increased population and yet there seem to be no plan to address this. We have noted the vastly increased traffic congestion at Tollgate and these proposals will only make that situation far worse.
5 The hospital is already under extreme pressure and it would seem that increasing the local population significantly can only exacerbate this situation.
6 Major housing development needs major infrastructure development and any plan needs to take this into consideration, which it currently does not.
7 The draft plan seems to have been successful in creating an east versus west antagonism which cannot be good for the borough in the grand scheme of community relations.