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Representation 1706 on Preferred Options Local Plan by Mrs Helen Hewes

Support / Object: OBJECT
Document Link: Preferred Options Local Plan - Sustainable Settlements, Langham
Representation: Despite your Preferred Options document agreeing with the Parish Council's consultation conclusions that "proportional growth" is appropriate and that "major growth would destroy Langham" the document then proceeds to suggest an increase of 30% of houses (125 on top of around 400), all crammed into an suburban style estate. How does this constitute a "proportional", "small scale" development?

I would ask you to reconsider the number of proposed dwellings to be placed in School Road.

I would also urge you to insist that any developer allowed to develop land around School Road also build a car park for the Primary School.

Original submission

I note from the Colchester Borough Council Preferred Options Draft that you are suggesting extensive development within Langham. As a Langham resident I would like to strongly contest this disregard for the thoughts and opinions of local residents and the Parish Council.

Your document initially seems to take on board the views of residents and specifically agree with the Parish Council's local consultation conclusions that "Proportional Growth" would be appropriate and that "major growth would destroy Langham". The Parish Council, after consulting with residents, suggests up to 85 dwellings over the plan period with Wick Road and School Road being appropriate areas for such "small scale" development.

How, therefore, do you justify the document proceeding to recommend two housing "estates" within School Road of 115 dwellings? Along with the proposed 10 dwellings in Wick road this brings the total to 125. There are currently around 400 dwellings in Langham spread over a wide area from Stratford St Mary, to Boxted and the Ardleigh Crown interchange. This constitutes a 31% increase and all concentrated in a small area. How does this constitute a "proportional", "small scale" development? Indeed following the suggested 'up to 85 dwellings over the next plan period', this would far exceed that number, presumably taking immediate effect and then allowing more proposed sites to come up before the end of the plan period, 2033. It would seem that the CBC carry out consultations in order to be seen to be doing the appropriate thing but then completely ignore the outcomes. Some representation that is!

The amount of traffic this would inflict on the village and especially School Road would turn it into a 'no go' area for pedestrians. Langham is a village with a village community and the relatively quiet roads, allowing people to walk, jog, cycle around, in safety, thus reducing the use of cars, is important. This level of concentration of houses would turn the heart of Langham into a major roadway and junction site.

Why is there so much pressure to destroy villages by turning them into Suburban style estates? Surely all different types of community are important not just mass housing communities.

I would ask you to seriously and urgently reconsider the number of proposed dwellings to be placed in School Road. I would also urge you to insist that any developer allowed to develop land around School Road be made to build and donate a small car park, on some of the land acquired, for the Primary School, to take the cars, from children outside of Langham, off of School Road and out of the way of through traffic.

I hope that this does not fall on deaf ears but I do feel that the villages around Colchester have little or no say in their future.


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