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It is welcomed that the policy supports a level of new development in 'Other Villages', however it is considered this is overly restricted, particularly within Peldon. It is recognised the policy does set out that development outside but contiguous to defined village limits may be supported, primarily where it constitutes an exception to meet identified local affordable housing needs. But the settlement boundary is such that there is very little opportunity for development to come forward, given how it mainly consists of the existing residential provision in the village. Whilst it is not suggested that large amount of land should be released in rural parts, allocating some small areas of land would support the vitality of these communities and does not conflict with the objectives for sustainable development.
Our client's site at Lower Road, Peldon is identified in the SLAA reference RSE21. It is given an overall amber rating, but suitability is rated red. It is not clear why the SLAA indicates a red rating.
The site is primarily located to the rear of the existing dwellings fronting Lower Road and it is accessed directly from Lower Road. It is noted the Settlement Boundary Review refers to the settlement pattern characterised by established frontages and backland development would be discouraged. However whilst the site is currently vacant, it's historic use previously consisted of a bungalow and greenhouses and a post office therefore development in this location formed part of the characteristics of the village. The additional benefit of development in this location is that it would not significantly encroach on the countryside and would not extend beyond the triangular area of the village defined by Lower Road, Church Road and Mersea Road. The trees could be retained as much as possible and incorporated into the scheme. The trees would also provide screening to integrate the development and it would also be respectful of the amenities of occupiers of existing residential properties. The site is well located relative to the existing facilities in the area, including the play area, pub, church and hall. There are bus connections to the wider area.
Overall there are no significant constraints to development at the site, it is considered suitable, available and deliverable for the provision of housing.
Please see attached representations for full details.