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I live in the bungalow at 3 Farthings Chase, West Mersea, CO5 8GZ, which is my private road adjoining Seaview Avenue, and wish to take part in the public consultation concerning the planning policy with regard to Mersea Island. I am 87 years of age, I do not use the Internet and find writing difficult. I have asked my stepson Jonathan Rowles to write this Email to make the following points.
1. The Core Strategy Vision for Colchester (2008) states of Mersea that "The historic character and distinctiveness of these settlements and other villages will be protected and enhanced." Quite to the contrary, I feel that adding 300 houses in the vicinity of Seaview Avenue will undermine the distinctive, pleasant rural character of the area, turning it into an overcrowded, urban sprawl. What will all of these people do in Mersea? In reality, they will work elsewhere, commuting on and off the Island, clogging up the Strood. The associated planning aspirations of creating community facilities, infrastructure and services will substantially fail to materialise. Perhaps worse still, they will take the form of more unwelcome developments that will turn West Mersea into another cookie cutter town, by which time the precious character of our area will have been destroyed.
2. The increased congestion on the Strood will make access harder, raising the threat of delays in handling emergencies, especially fire, police and medical, to which I feel more vulnerable than the younger part of the population.
3. As an elderly resident, a daily walk is important to me and I am concerned that an increase in thoughtless drivers will make it less pleasant and more dangerous to walk near to my home, meaning that I will end up effectively housebound.
4. I am concerned about the protracted period of noise and heavy vehicle traffic during the construction phase which threaten to reduce my quality of life.
5. I fear that people will take shortcuts over fences onto Farthings Chase, which leads on to Seaview Avenue, impinging upon my privacy and security.
6. If building must go ahead, it would be better to allow for a strip of greenery giving space between the new development and existing housing on Farthings Chase.
7. In order to protect the character of Farthings Chase, it would be more appropriate for the nearest new buildings to be bungalows.
I trust that you will take these points into consideration in all future planning.