Local Plan

Please note: You only need to register / login if you wish to make representations.

Representation 2200 on Preferred Options Local Plan by A.H Corin

Support / Object: COMMENT
Document Link: Preferred Options Local Plan - North Colchester, NC1: North Colchester and Severalls Strategic Economic Area
Representation: Zone 3 - Northern Gateway area north of the A12

Paragraph 6.18 and 6.19 both refer to new sports facilities to the north of the A12; this might be acceptable if treated sensitively, but there should be absolutely NO residential provision here. Additionally, indoor sports facilities, by definition, represent a "built" environment and therefore constitute "urban creep". Any such indoor sports facilities should therefore be confined to the Councils's land on the south side of the A12.

Accordingly, Policy NC1, Zone 3 should be strengthened to exclude any built environment including indoor sports facilities to the north of the A12.

Original submission

The A12 to the north of Colchester

This has always been seen as the northern boundary of Colchester and is looked upon as the natural barrier representing the northern limit for the town's urban sprawl. It appears that this firm resolve is weakening in the draft local plan which should be strengthened accordingly. The details are as follows.

1 Zone 3 - Northern Gateway area north of the A12

Paragraph 6.18 and 6.19 both refer to new sports facilities to the north of the A12; this might be acceptable if treated sensitively, but there should be absolutely NO residential provision here. Additionally, indoor sports facilities, by definition, represent a "built" environment and therefore constitute "urban creep". Any such indoor sports facilities should therefore be confined to the Councils's land on the south side of the A12.

Accordingly, Policy NC1, Zone 3 should be strengthened to exclude any built environment including indoor sports facilities to the north of the A12.

2 Gypsies, Travellers and Travelling Showpeople

Policy DM11 refers to the existing site at Severalls. This lies to the north of the A12, which it should not (particularly as one of the stated requirements for gypsies and travellers is to be reasonably close to infrastructure facilities such as schools and medical facilities which are located away on the south side of the A12). The policy also states that the existing Severalls site should be expanded. In my view it should certainly NOT be expanded. It constitutes yet more urban sprawl, creeping across the A12 beyond Colchester's northern limit.

If any of the above is ambiguous or unclear, please feel free to contact me for clarification.

Yours faithfully,

A.H.Corin

Attached Files for this Submission

  • NC1 DM11 - Scanned Representation (13.6 KB)
  • REDACTED - Scanned Representation (14.5 KB)

Having trouble using the system? Visit our help page or contact us directly.

Powered by OpusConsult

Related Articles