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Representation 2922 on Preferred Options Local Plan by John and Vivienne Spence

Support / Object: COMMENT
Document Link: Preferred Options Local Plan - Sustainable Settlements, Mersea Island, SS17a: Mersea Housing and Employment
Representation: Infrastructure must be able to sustain new residents and their needs. Infrastructure needs must be addressed prior to proposed development commencing
Infrastructure currently under pressure:
- Parking particularly when the holiday parks are occupied;
- Two supermarkets can barely cope
Sewage works
Supply of mains water recently upgraded just to cope with the existing population;
Buses into Colchester terminate at Peldon village when tide might cover;
Education & health facilities.
Wellhouse Green - experienced anti-social behavior due to the mixing of social houses.

Developers must honour the criteria in Clauses 106 and 278.

Original submission

As residents of Mersea Island for 16 years, we have seen a huge increase in the amount of traffic following housing development over recent years. There are major concerns at the prospect of 350 new homes, bringing at least 700 and possibly 1000 plus new residents together with the associated number of vehicles this will entail.

It is appreciated that more houses have to be built. However the infrastructure must be able to sustain the new residents and their needs. This must be addressed prior to any building on the proposed development land. To just build houses because there is some land available and not look at the impact it will have on local serv ices is totally unrealistic.

Cars have to park on every road in the village, often double parked, so the bus cannot get through, because there are not enough spaces in the car parks. This makes it risky for children and the elderly to cross the roads. Pavements are too narrow for pushchairs a nd prams so mums have to move into the road.

Under pressure already are the following:

- Parking facilities are inadequate particularly when the holiday parks are occupied;
- Two supermarkets can barely cope with the extra demands already in place; Sewage works are up to maximum capacity;
Supply of mains water recently upgraded just to cope with the existing population;
Buses into Colchester -these terminate at Peldon village whenever the tide might cover;
The Doctors surgery is struggling to cope with demand and offloading patients outside the catchment area already.
The school is full to capacity.
Wellhouse Green suffered issues of antisocial behavior due to the mixing of social houses.

We trust that you will consider the points made in this letter and insist that the developers honour the criteria in Clauses 106 and 278.


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