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Re: Proposed site for 5 houses off Glebe Lane, Abberton
I am writing to register my objection to the proposed plans for this site, on the following grounds:
1. Access to this meadow is not feasible.
a) Glebe Lane is privately owned, too narrow for two-way vehicle traffic, and problems already exist when a vehicle is parked in the lane, or when two vehicles meet, and the lane becomes partially blocked.
Access for emergency vehicles is therefore compromised.
b) Present access to the meadow is via Ashpark, through a privately owned drive which is also narrow, and which would present the same problems as Glebe Lane. The present drive access onto Peldon Road is already difficult, with poor visibility, and traffic entering the village up Peldon Road is notoriously fast. There is also a bus stop at this location.
2. We value our green spaces! The meadow is a haven for wildlife & we have spent many happy hours watching foxes, hares, deer and hedgehogs. Nightingales return here to nest most years, and I understand that their breeding sites are 'listed'.
3. There has already been a massive increase in traffic coming up from Peldon, and the proposed development would probably add 10-15 vehicles to the daily commute. If plans for the other site on Peldon Road are approved,this number would increase substantially.
4. More generally, the planned expansion of homes on Mersea Island would greatly increase traffic into Colchester - through St Botolphs - and this route is already overloaded at rush hour.
Finally, we are glad to note that there are no plans to infill the green spaces between Colchester and Abberton! Let's keep our village identities and minimise urban 'sprawl' into what remains of our countryside!