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Representation 816 on Preferred Options Local Plan by Mrs Susan Allen-Shepherd

Support / Object: COMMENT
Document Link: Preferred Options Local Plan - Sustainable Settlements, Tiptree, SS15: Tiptree
Representation: Current and proposed settlement boundary for Tiptree.

Original submission

Reference to Tiptree Heath being dropped from the settlement area, which caused me to look at the Settlement Boundary review and the current settlement boundary and the Site Assessment document.
Page 76 relating to TIP12. Suggests that the settlement boundary around the houses on Maldon Road south-west of the Ship are removed from the settlement boundary. 'given its relative sustainability and the fact that it is separate from the core area of Tiptree'.
The preferred options plan says '6.193 Tiptree Heath is very small and is dependent on services and facilities in Tiptree and is therefore not considered a suitable location for future growth. The settlement boundary is therefore no longer retained in this location.'
* The reason given is that it is outside the core area of Tiptree, but the only reason it is not connected is that the houses between the Tiptree Heath School and The Ship and the West End Road - Simpsons Lane triangle are already outside the settlement area. I do not know why this is as they are hardly remote farmhouses or even new houses. This whole area is one of the original settlement areas of Tiptree, before the centre filled in. There are many references to The Ship, shops and houses running from Bull Lane to West End Road (The Endway) in the censuses of 1891, 1901 and 1911. The Ship is very much a part of Tiptree.
* I do not really know the current pros and cons of being inside / outside the settlement boundary.
* If we were to have an open space / green lung, which is recommended to break up large areas of housing and give many people assess to countryside on foot, it would make sense that the pits and a good deal of TIP03 be an open space. In the fullness of time sites TIP01, 27, 12, 13 and 07 could be the start of a westerly area wrapping round this open space.

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