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The plan states areas of Langham are considered suitable for proportional growth.
6.170 states The Borough Council agrees that large scale development would not be appropriate in the village but that the settlement can accommodate limited growth.
For a village ofless than 500 dwellings surely an increase of 125 dwellings is not proportional?
Housing in Langham presently consists of ribbon development along its roads, plus isolated individual homes and farms. The only housing development/estate in Langham is one of approximately 10 bungalows for the over 55's. Two housing estates of 55 and 60 houses would be totally out of character.
The proposed development along the narrow, very busy School Road; adjacent to an industrial area involving the movement of heavy lorries and machinery, will potentially create a serious risk to school children attending the village school opposite the development site. An increased traffic flow
in the region of 250 vehicle movements a day would be anticipated. -( l k -fo
Low water pressure and a sewerage system presently struggling to cope with demand is unlikely, without significant investment, to be able to adequately service a development of 125 new houses.
The Langham Parish Council surveyed the local community and results indicated that the overwhelming majority of residents were in favour of growth at the rate o:fi about 5 dwellings per year over the planned eriod. This could be achieved on sites made available foli linear developments in the village . To expect a developer to build only 5 houses on a site of 55 or 60 houses per year is totally unrealistic and commercially unsustainable.
With the size of the proposed developments it is likely street lighting would be included. The survey, previously mentioned, also strongly indicated a desire that the village should remain without Li ghting.
The problem with building large developments in places like Langham isn't j ust the loss of land but that the new places overwhelm what exists already.
The type of facilities that make a village sustainable according to the strategic planning document include a shop and Community Centre. Langham has these thanks entirely to the work of volunteers who mainly live in the village. We are keen that the character, charm and togetherness of the
village is not spoilt by over development.