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Representation 549 on Preferred Options Local Plan by Mr mark dixon

Support / Object: OBJECT
Document Link: Preferred Options Local Plan - Sustainable Settlements, Mersea Island, SS17a: Mersea Housing and Employment
Representation: Detailed impacts to:
1.Character of area for such a large % population growth.
2. Wider traffic assessment during high tides.
3. Emergency evacuation for proximity to nuclear power station.
4. Impact to services of school, doctors, sewage and water supply.

Original submission

1. Mersea has had a higher population growth in the previous 50 years as a % of existing population than the rest of the UK eg. Uk 18%, London 12%, Colchester 12%, Mersea 233%. This is having a serious detrimental impact on the existing services and character of the island. If another 350 houses are built and assume an average of 3 people per household, this will add a further 14% to the area. Can you please provide details of how the proposed developments have been assessed on these impacts and justification for such a massive population % growth in a naturally (an island) restricted boundary.
2. The implications for additional traffic accessing or egressing the island when The Strood is covered would cause complete extremely long and potentially dangerous tailbacks that already can extend to Abberton. Can you please provide details of the legally required traffic assessment for the development.
3. There is a National policy on restricted development within a 3 mile radius of nuclear power stations. This has already been ignored in previous developments for the island. Can you please provide details of how the proposed development has been assessed against National planning guidance for emergency evacuation.
4. There will be considerable stress placed on existing public services. Can you please provide details of the assessment to, in particular, impacts on the local school, doctor's surgery, sewage and water supplies. Impacts to the existing sewage treatment works (already at capacity) could breach existing water quality legislation in the estuary on both bathing waters and shellfish.

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