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Representation 544 on Preferred Options Local Plan by Mr Richard Keeble

Support / Object: OBJECT
Document Link: Preferred Options Local Plan - Sustainable Settlements, Rowhedge, SS14: Land to the south of Battleswick Farm Rowhedge Road
Representation: School full, GP full, already over 200 new dwellings going up in Rowhedge, already over 1000 traffic movements leading into Rectory Road. Should any development go ahead at Battleswich Farm, traffic would join Fingringhoe Road at Old Heath creating traffic congestion. There is no NEED for the developing of Battleswick Farm. This would be the thin edge of the wedge should it be approved.

Original submission

My wife and I have lived in Rowhedge for the last 20 years. We have seen recently considerable change due to the development by Bloor Homes at Rowhedge Wharf. This development alone with change the dynamics of Rowhedge considerably. The number of dwellings by Bloor Homes is I think 170, and despite originally agreeing to affordable homes, this part is now not happening. There has also been plans approved for what is known as Part 2 of the Wharf with another considerable amount of development, again which will alter the current dynamics. With over 200 new dwellings already actually being built, the local primary school already full, the local GP surgery already full, questions are already being asked as to where the new people will register, and children attend school. ANY further development in Rowhedge is not needed! If further development of just one house is aloud on Battleswick Farm, this not only adds to the problem just mentioned, but would be the 'foot in the door' to future planning requests until Rowhedge 'joins' Old Heath and we cease to be a village. The other major problem is traffic with a major increase on the Rectory Road/Fingringhoe Road entrance into Colchester due to the Wharf development, should any housing go on the Battleswick Farm area, this will only add to increase in traffic into Rowhedge Road. Both Fingringhoe Road and Rowhedge Road join at Old Heath, leading to considerable traffic congestion in this area of Colchester. There must be no housing allowed on Battleswick Farm.


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