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Representation 820 on Preferred Options Local Plan by Charlotte Powell

Support / Object: OBJECT
Document Link: Preferred Options Local Plan - Sustainable Settlements, Mersea Island, SS17a: Mersea Housing and Employment
Representation: The proposed Housing Allocations are contrary to the following paragraphs of the NPPF - 34, 38, 47 (Last Bullet Point), 58 (4th Bullet Point), 74, 112, 111, 110, 109, 107 (2nd Bullet Point), 100 and 87, and should not be taken forward into the final plan in the densities identified.
Development on the proposed scale is inappropriate, conflicting with the NPPF at the proposed densities.

Original submission

The proposed Housing Allocations are contrary to the following paragraphs of the NPPF - 34, 38, 47 (Last Bullet Point), 58 (4th Bullet Point), 74, 112, 111, 110, 109, 107 (2nd Bullet Point), 100 and 87, and should not be taken forward into the final plan in the densities identified.
Development on the proposed scale is inappropriate, conflicting with the NPPF at the proposed densities.

However, if both sites are to be taken forward to the final plan they should be amended to consider the following points.

When planning applications are considered for these two sites, contributions should be sought from Developers for both infrastructure and community facilities, not one or the other, - the excuse of 'viability' should not be entertained. If no facilities are required/deemed essential at the time of any planning application, the Parish Council should receive payment for future community allocation. The proposed housing densities at both allocated sites are too high and should be reduced by 35% in order to reflect existing housing densities, existing character, size and policies contained within the NPPF.

Affordable Homes/Market Rent/Starter Homes should be included within the Policy to avoid any 'viability' excuses from Developers at the time of an application. Any development should include Bungalows and no dwellings above 2 storeys.

Both sites are outside the existing development boundary of the island. The Policy needs strengthening to avoid high densities and low proportions of open space out of character with the rest of the existing settlement. Acceptable details regarding Scale and Massing needs to be included within the policy to avoid out of character development being permitted.

These allocations are poorly integrated into the existing community and encourage the use of unsustainable transport, contrary to the NPPF.


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