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Representation 1997 on Preferred Options Local Plan by Mr Mark Gethen

Support / Object: OBJECT
Document Link: Preferred Options Local Plan - Sustainable Settlements, Mersea Island, SS17a: Mersea Housing and Employment
Representation: The figures used by the Borough Council to calculate the 'availability of existing facilities and services' has been shown to be incorrect. CBC say that they are 3,200 dwellings in West Mersea and argue that on that basis the Island can accommodate an additional 350 homes, bringing the total number to 3,550. However, it has been proven, using CBC Council Tax records, that there are already 3,580 dwellings on West Mersea. 30 dwellings in excess of the number CBC think can be accommodated.

Original submission

The figures used by the Borough Council to calculate the 'availability of existing facilities and services' has been shown to be incorrect. CBC say that they are 3,200 dwellings in West Mersea and argue that on that basis the Island can accommodate an additional 350 homes, bringing the total number to 3,550. However, it has been proven, using CBC Council Tax records, that there are already 3,580 dwellings on West Mersea. 30 dwellings in excess of the number CBC think can be accommodated. The CBC plan would therefore bring the total number of dwellings in West Mersea alone to 3,930. The Borough Council has also failed to include in its calculations the 121 dwellings in East Mersea; the 1,481 static caravans and lodges (many with 10-12 month leases); the house boats; and 275 touring caravan pitches. Nor have they considered the large number of people in outlying villages (Peldon, Abberton, Langenhoe, Fingringhoe etc) that use the amenities on the Island, all contributing to the pressure. This alone demonstrates that the CBC's plans are fundamentally flawed and totally unworkable.


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