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Representation 2823 on Preferred Options Local Plan by Sally Cox-Harris

Support / Object: OBJECT
Document Link: Preferred Options Local Plan - Sustainable Settlements, Langham, SS11: Langham
Representation: Our village infrastructure is totally inadequate for these housing estates, and school road itself, which becomes very busy and dangerous at the start and end of the school day, would not be able to cope with it.

The proposals put forward by Langham Parish Council were sensible and proportionate, and most importantly reflected what we, the people of Langham, want for our community. Why cannot the Council respect that and listen to us in totality?

Original submission

I write in connection with the above-mentioned preferred options for Langham, the village in which I have lived for the last 18 years.

Langham is a village of special rural character, and most residents, including myself, are extremely anxious that this special rural character is retained, and the village is not ruined forever by disproportional development/housing estates.

I took part in the Langham Parish Council survey of residents, which was organised to collate the views of villagers and put forward recommendations for development to reflect those views. Whilst I believe that there should be some small housing development in Langham over the next 15 years, I also believe that this development should be limited, to ensure that Langham retains its special rural character, and should be by nature of linear infill, and certainly not by nature of any form of housing estates. Langham does not have any existing estates, as such, at the moment, as all housing is more or less in the form of straight lines along the rural roads and lanes. New development should therefore follow the same pattern, to fit in with the village as it is now.

On looking at the Council's Local Plan for Development document, I was therefore shocked to find that the Council was proposing a proportionately large number of houses (125), and that 115 of these would be in the form of two estates. I protest most strongly at this. I can accept the infill development along Wick Road, but the proposed School Road development is far too great and will lead to urbanisation of the village and destruction of its character - all the things the villagers did not want!

Our village infrastructure is totally inadequate for these housing estates, and school road itself, which becomes very busy and dangerous at the start and end of the school day, would not be able to cope with it.

I did attend a meeting organised by the Council in the village in July, in the form of a drop-in session, but felt even more concerned afterwards, as I did not feel that the staff running the session were listening to what villagers were saying. Greater facilities and infrastructure were hinted at, but that is not what we want in Langham, as that would just destroy the special rural character of this village - and once it has gone, it will be gone forever!

The proposals put forward by Langham Parish Council were sensible and proportionate, and most importantly reflected what we, the people of Langham, want for our community. Why cannot the Council respect that and listen to us in totality?


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