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Representation 2946 on Preferred Options Local Plan by Sarah Shehadeh

Support / Object: OBJECT
Document Link: Preferred Options Local Plan - Sustainable Settlements, Mersea Island, SS17a: Mersea Housing and Employment
Representation: Proposed 350 houses are not welcome. There are issues with infrastructure.

Both sites proposed will have difficult access.

The Strood is the only road on /off Mersea which floods at high tide and experiences long delays when there are accidents.

In the event of a catastrophe it would be impossible for Mersea to be evacuated with one road.

The new houses will not be affordable for young or local people. People will move in but out commute for work as there is limited employment on Mersea.
Cannot see that the 350 houses will last the life of the plan.

Original submission

I am pleased to see that your overall view and statement for the next Local Plan regarding the Island has generally covered all aspects sensibly.

However, the inclusion of two large areas to supply a total of 350 houses is not welcome. What happened to the proposed smaller sites which were originally mooted? These would have given more natural growth and no doubt will pop up as "infill" proposals during the life of this new plan, thus considerably increasing the total amount of dwellings and consequent extra call on our already creaking and overstretched infrastructure. No doubt many others have made the points reference the state of our infrastructure and facilities, or lack of.

These two proposed development sites will both have difficult access. East Road for Brierley Paddocks is the busy spine road running along the top of the Island with very many roads corning off it on both sides. It is not a wide road and carries much traffic, including an hourly bus service. The
Dawes Lane development is even worse. It cuts across open farmland right on the top of the Island and will be very visible. Dawes Lane itself is very narrow, just room for two cars to pass, and gives onto the East Mersea Road at a difficult junction with bad sightlines, just below the Mersea Barrow.
This would be the most direct way to and from the site coming on and off the Island. Road
' improvements" would have to be made to both these roads would be w!!! be expensive and ruin the rural character of the area. You would then have to put traffic calming measures in along Dawes Lane as it is, peculiarly, straight more expansive !. Also is it sensible to have sites served by by only one ma in internal road so that emergency vehicles only have one point of access. Suppose this access is blocked?

Essex County Council Highways Department have recently designated the Island roads outside the 30mph limits as limited to 40rnµh, thus indicating that our roads are narrow and twisty and not suited to high volumes of fast traffic. Not only just the Strood but also the road to Colchester as far as the public house standing at the junction with the Peldon/Maldon Road is the Only road on and off the Island. Not only can the Strood be blocked by high tides and abandoned vehicles but any incident on this stretch of road can block it.

Two double decker buses have in the past fallen in the ditch here, also a car or two, and this has County have now put a 40mph speed limited near the junction and round the corner on the Colchester Road here.

I think you must be honest and admit that in the event of a catastrophe it would be impossible for Mersea to be evacuated down this one road. It would take only one panicked driver to stall, or hit another vehicle, to cause chaos. This also needs to be borne in mind pending a possible new atomic power station at Bradwell.

In the present political climate with the push for more housing nationally, I cannot see that these proposed 350 house sites will last us for the life of the Plan. They will be done and dusted within 5 years and then more land will be needed. And how many local young people, or any locals, manage to afford to buy them? No, they will pull people in from outside, people who work in Colchester or London as there are very limited employment opportunities here
I am pleased to see that your overall view and statement for the next Local Plan regarding the Island has generally covered all aspects sensibly.

However, the inclusion of two large areas to supply a total of 350 houses is not welcome. What happened to the proposed smaller sites which were originally mooted? These would have given more natural growth and no doubt will pop up as "infill" proposals during the life of this new plan, thus considerably increasing the total amount of dwellings and consequent extra call on our already creaking and overstretched infrastructure. No doubt many others have made the points reference the state of our infrastructure and facilities, or lack of.

These two proposed development sites will both have difficult access. East Road for Brierley Paddocks is the busy spine road running along the top of the Island with very many roads corning off it on both sides. It is not a wide road and carries much traffic, including an hourly bus service.

The Dawes Lane development is even worse. It cuts across open farmland right on the top of the Island and will be very visible. Dawes Lane itself is very narrow, just room for two cars to pass, and gives onto the East Mersea Road at a difficult junction with bad sightlines, just below the Mersea Barrow. This would be the most direct way to and from the site coming on and off the Island. Road ' improvements" would have to be made to both these roads would be will be expensive and ruin the rural character of the area. You would then have to put traffic calming measures in along Dawes Lane as it is, peculiarly, straight more expense! Also is it sensible to have sites served by only one main internal road so that emergency vehicles only have one point of access. Suppose this access is blocked?

Essex County Council Highways Department have recently designated the Island roads outside the 30mph limits as limited to 40rnµh, thus indicating that our roads are narrow and twisty and not suited to high volumes of fast traffic. Not only just the Strood but also the road to Colchester as far as the public house standing at the junction with the Peldon/Maldon Road is the Only road on and off the Island. Not only can the Strood be blocked by high tides and abandoned vehicles but any incident on this stretch of road can block it. Two double decker buses have in the past fallen in the ditch here, also a car or two, and this has County have now put a 40mph speed limited near the junction and round the corner on the Colchester Road here.

I think you must be honest and admit that in the event of a catastrophe it would be impossible for Mersea to be evacuated down this one road. It would take only one panicked driver to stall, or hit another vehicle, to cause chaos. This also needs to be borne in mind pending a possible new atomic power station at Bradwell.

In the present political climate with the push for more housing nationally, I cannot see that these proposed 350 house sites will last us for the life of the Plan. They will be done and dusted within 5 years and then more land will be needed. And how many local young people, or any locals, manage to afford to buy them? No, they will pull people in from outside, people who work in Colchester or London as there are very limited employment opportunities here,


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