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Representation 1766 on Preferred Options Local Plan by Dr Max Hickman

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 is a unique village separate from Colchester with a strong sense of identity
2.The site is beautiful rolling farmland unlike the brown field site at the wharf.
3. Building will be a wedge leading to an eventual coalescence with Colchester
4. Small impact on housing needs. Big impact on quality of life and identity in Rowhedge.

Original submission

I am a local Doctor and have been working in the town since 1988. I recently moved to Rowhedge to escape the increasing urban sprawl of Colchester and find some tranquility and a sense of community. I was aware of the development of the wharf which seemed to be a sensible proposal on a brown field site. However to propose to develop on beautiful rolling farmland seems to me to be wholly inappropriate and a wedge that will eventually lead to Rowhedge being coalesced with Colchester. The size of the proposal is too small to significantly contribute to Colchester housing needs but will have a very big impact on quality of life and identity of the village of Rowhedge.

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