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Representation 134 on Preferred Options Local Plan by Ms Eileen King

Support / Object: OBJECT
Document Link: Preferred Options Local Plan - Sustainable Settlements, Rowhedge, SS14: Land to the south of Battleswick Farm Rowhedge Road
Representation: 1. Rowhedge has already had its fair share. Danger of losing village integrity.
2.Pressure on existing facilities
3.Building on greenfield sites should be discouraged.
4.Increased traffic on already clogged roads
5. Special character of Rowhedge as a riverside village with no through roads- needs preserving

Original submission

Whilst I appreciate the need for new homes I would argue that Rowhedge - a thriving village community - has already taken more than its fair share with 170 new homes currently under construction and planning approval already given for a large number in Phase 2. The village is being swamped already and further building will detract from its character. Other villages should take more of a share - particularly places like Dedham which has some areas that really are not of outstanding natural beauty. Despite the existing expansion there is no improvement of infrastructure - the roads, doctors surgery, school, sewerage etc are already at capacity. I am concerned that the proposed building is on a greenfield site - sustainability surely encompasses the need to grow food locally. There is no work in the village - the road traffic generated will therefore have an enormous impact especially at peak times. Rowhedge really is a special place - no-one comes here by mistake as there are no through roads and it has a real community feel which we are in danger of losing to large scale development.


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