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My objection concerns the proposed "New Allocation" in Peldon Road. That length of Peldon Road is currently rural in character, being a high-hedged and bending lane. The proposal is for 25 new homes to be built on the two parcels of land: one to the west side (larger area), the other to the east side of the lane. In order to give safe access for vehicles and pedestrians to the two parcels of land, both would need to be provided with visibility splays onto the highway. Pedestrian access to and from the village would also need to be provided. The current lane is insufficiently wide for pavements. Provision of visibility splays and pavements would call for removal of extensive lengths of hedging on both sides of Peldon Road, together with some realignment to the lane. This would all have a negative impact on the character of the landscape and specifically on the setting of the nearby listed building.
Whilst it is not stated in the Emerging Local Plan, there is also mention made at Parish Council level of a proposal to site a "small car park" in the parcel of land to the east of Peldon Road, the reason being apparently to provide a drop off/pickup point for Langenhoe School. In order to be useable, such a car park would require an entrance and an exit, possibly needing two visibility splays on that side. Presumably there would also be a need of street lighting in the car park for winter pickups. A car park would also attract non-school use and litter. All of this would contribute to the negative impact on the landscape and on nearby listed building. The more sensible answer to the school traffic problem is simply to encourage parents to use the existing Village Hall car park: there is already a paved walkway to and from the school and a school crossing patrol at appropriate times.
The proposed "New Allocation" is inside what is termed the Sustainable Settlement Boundary of the village. This represents an extension south from what is currently the village envelope. The allocation is outside the current 30MPH speed zone. The definition of sustainable in the context of the current settlement is not understood. Currently the only amenities within the settlement are the school (which is oversubscribed), the cricket club, the village hall , the post office and a bus service. There is no doctor, no shop and no pub. There is no safe cycle path towards the nearby facilities in Colchester or Mersea. This all means that all the residents rely on motor cars for access to all retail services which are located elsewhere. Abberton and Langenhoe is currently not a sustainable settlement in any reasonable definition of the term. More houses will inevitable mean more traffic. Already, the junction from Peldon Road to Layer Road is dangerous with inadequate visibility and no footpath to the west. Further development is not sustainable.