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Representation 2626 on Preferred Options Local Plan by mrs A Stacey

Support / Object: OBJECT
Document Link: Preferred Options Local Plan - Sustainable Settlements, Langham, SS11: Langham
Representation:

Langham can reasonably accommodate about 50 new houses (not 125 as proposed), as long as there are upgrades to School Road, the sewers to prevent a repeat of this year's flooding, and the school expanded. It would be necessary to widen School Road, and getting the industry to move to a less central location would be wise.

Original submission

I am writing to comment on the proposal to site approximately 125 houses in Langham Essex

General
*the document contains many factual errors, for example '660 houses' which strongly suggests this proposal lacks local knowledge.
*sites have different tags in different documents, this confusion suggests policies are not being coordinated
*one landowner and one planning adviser are involved yet again
*a site was added after the parish consulted the inhabitants and could not be assessed by them.
*30% growth is disproportionate and unsustainable in terms of lack of local employment and commuting.
Park Lane
The proposal to put 10 houses on the junction of Park Lane and Wick Road seems reasonable in scale and suitability

School Road
The sites on School Road are very similar and can be dealt with together. However the western one has not gone through local consultation, so is of doubtful authenticity.
1.They straddle an industrial estate which is noisy and has planning issues concerning overcrowding and traffic, thus there should be a buffer zone between this and the houses
2.There are already considerable infrastructure issues in this locality, especially water pressure and sewer capacity. The solar farm only produces power in daylight! Thus the scheme is unsustainable without upgrading facilities
3.This road already suffers considerable problems with heavy traffic from the industrial estate conflicting with the school, creating safety issues
4.These sites are almost opposite the boundary of the Stour Valley AONB, which extends to the opposite side of School Road (another error in the document). Thus there are issues of creating a sensitive development in keeping with a valued landscape. A crowded development such as Horkesley would be detrimental to the area and out of keeping.
5. The neighbouring dwellings are bungalows and chalet bungalows with large gardens, so any new development should be low rise and low density
6.The primary school is full, and there is no surgery, chemist, or supermarket within 3 miles. The bus service (5 a day) does not go to the doctor or supermarket. The shop is run by volunteers and the post office is two mornings a week. A development of the size you are suggesting should be preceded by infrastructure upgrading to prevent environmental degradation.
7. The Parish Survey identified a major need for retirement friendly development.
8. There are few jobs in Langham, most commute. Of the jobs in the employment areas only one local is employed. This is not sustainable.
To summarise, Langham can reasonably accommodate about 50 new houses, as long as there are upgrades to School Road, the sewers to prevent a repeat of this year's flooding, and the school expanded. It would be necessary to widen School Road, and getting the industry to move to a less central location would be wise.


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