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I* object to building 350 houses at Dawes Lane and Brierley Paddocks, West Mersea. To agree now is "to put the cart before the horse" and close off opportunities for future generations.** First a proper Mersea Neighbourhood Plan must be researched and established- housing is just one element in a sustainable, integrated community. Manay factors (including the future of local employment***) will contribute to the maintenance of social cohesion in Mersea, a major source of well-being for residents- and indeed visitors. Para 6217 is disingenuous in claiming existing facilities and services can cope with an estimated 11% increase.****
* I was born in 1945 and lived in Mersea until 1969 when I married and moved away, having completed my first year of teaching at Mersea Island School. My parents lived in Mersea all their lives and I and my family have always been regular visitors to the Island. My husband and I returned to live here permanently in 2012. Consequently, I have observed and been involved in Mersea life for a very long time!
** CBC Preferred Options Local Plan - Mersea Island para 6.217, the statement "West Mersea is considered a sustainable location for some housing growth," is at odds with the CBC's own definition of sustainable development. CBC Issues and Options- glossary p56 (accessed 13/06/16) says "sustainable development - development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs."
***A strategy for attracting suitable employment opportunities to Mersea Island has to be developed in order to sustain social cohesion and keep a satisfactory age distribution of residents going forward. This should be part of a Mersea NHP. High tech computer and internet development is a suitable field for keeping / attracting young residents in the future. Such firms can have mutually beneficial interactions with the school and (in terms of testing devices and applications) with diverse Mersea activities such as sailing, natural environment, monitoring/ conservation and health care for the elderly.
**** Para 6.217 say 350 houses "equates to an 11% increase in the number of dwellings, a level which reflects the availability of existing facilities and services". Does an additional capacity of 11% for the Mersea school already exist? "Essex County Council has identified a need for contributions towards expansion of Mersea Island Primary School." Likewise is there already an additional capacity of 11% on the registration list of Mersea Island Medical Practice? Such a claim seems to be at odds with the medical practice seeking to remove non-residents of Mersea from their list.