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I object to the proposal to add 60 new homes on the plot of land south of Battlewick Farm off Rowhedge Road.
1. Unsure how this land was granted change of use from farming to residential? i.e. loss of high grade farmland that could deliver future crops, biomass, fibre or pharmaceuticals.
2. The location is impractical, is not sensible or realistic. re. Potential implication for traffic volume to impact significantly on rural roads.
3. Undesirable and reflects it would by harmful and objectionable. To character of existing community.
Rowhedge is a village with a positive local character, which needs to be preserved to enhance the quality village life for the existing community. The new Rowhedge Wharf Development (175 units in 1st phase) doubling the size of the village by 2017 will significantly impact on this. This current development has potential to impact negatively on GP provision, community services, schooling, traffic congestion. The community will not be able to sustain another sizeable development.
The housing proposal for Battlewick Farm needs to be assessed more closely for the dis-benefit impact, resulting in no further action or scaled down.
Battleswick Farm is an location near to the existing nature reserve ideal for a larger scale green infrastructure to enhance employment opportunities, leisure, recreation and tourism. It's idilic setting can be enhanced to exploit our cultural heritage through creative ventures. Especially re: proposal of a new settlement East of Colchester. Thus creating well connected places prioritising the well-being of citizens in Rowhedge and East Colchester.
Rowhedge's distinctive character and potential for tourism, recreation, and employment needs to be considered more highly than is currently evident.