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Chappel Parish Council welcomes the opportunity to respond to the Local Plan, Preferred Options Consultation. This document was debated at the Council's September meeting and the following response should be used as the Council's formal response to the consultations.
Cllrs support the proposed option in Chappel however would like the following points considered when taking this option further:
Parking: Swan Grove has for many years had an issue with parking, this is progressively getting worse and options for extra spaces has been discussed with both Cllr Peter Chillingworth, CBC Homes and CBC Planning. If the proposed development is successful Chappel Parish Council would like the new development to include some overflow parking for Swan Grove residents, to help relieve this issue. At present refuge collection is an issue in this road due to the amount of parking and certainly emergency services would have difficulties attending a call.
Traffic Flow: Due to the parking issues in Swan Grove the Parish Council is concerned about traffic flow if the development is only accessed in and out using Swan Grove. Cllrs are also concerned about the access to the new site while construction takes place again due to the parking problems in this area.
School: We understand that Chappel Primary School currently has one available place for a child coming into the school and we would ask that you liaise with Chappel Primary School regarding their need for development/expansion with regards to the extra pressures of spaces. Cllrs are concerned that Chappel and Wakes Colne residents would be put at a disadvantage if the size of the school is not taken into consideration as the proposed development would be in close proximity to the school compared to other residents in the villages.
Type of Housing: Cllrs discussed the need for smaller housing units within the village enabling the young with their first purchase and the retired to downsize, both would then enable locals to stay in the village as currently there is a very limited amount of this type of housing stock.
Please can we also ask that your document is amended in order for the section on water supply 6.123 is made clearer: "Existing water supply and waste water infrastructure capacity issues in the Copford facility that currently serves Chappel and Wakes Colne would be compounded by development of this site."