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Representation 933 on Preferred Options Local Plan by Mr Matthew Parsons

Support / Object: OBJECT
Document Link: Preferred Options Local Plan - Sustainable Settlements, Great Horkesley, SS9: Great Horkesley
Representation: I personally feel because the Vice Chairman of Great Horkesley Parish Council is also on the committee for the Local Plan there has not been enough discussion and opinion gathering from the local Parish Council and residents that should have happened and therefore do not feel Great Horkesley residents have been fully represented

Original submission

I personally feel because the Vice Chairman of Great Horkesley Parish Council is also on the committee for the Local Plan there has not been enough discussion and opinion gathering from the local Parish Council that should have happened if this member of the Parish Council had not been feeding information back and forth without due process.

The minutes of the Parish Council do not contain any reference to decision made with regards to "benefits to the village" for potentially accepting these 93 houses - over the two proposed sites.

I believe in this instance Great Horkesley residents have therefore not been represented fully and fairly.

Regarding the Post Office and village store. These are clearly not located in the main concentration of development and where the proposal wishes to place up to 80 houses and I dare any Councillor to walk from say Coach Road to the Post office with huge lorries inches from you on the narrow overgrown paths. No parent in the village would dare take a push chair on this treacherous route. This will ultimately just lead to people getting in their cars and will add nothing to the village or "village life"

The main concentration of the village along the A134 currently contains 4 mini roundabouts. Most of which are ignored by drivers already on the A134 with lots of near misses every day and accidents which can be quoted. It does not seem suitable to have another 160 cars plus joining directly onto the A134. (I base this on the current developments and the number of cars per household and 160 cars for 80 houses seems the norm theses days) This does not take into account surrounding areas and the houses they are expected to take and the traffic that will add to the A134 either.

There is a general feeling that the village has grown large enough and with the Chesterwell development so closely on the doorstep I already feel encroached upon and just part of the Colchester sprawl of housing. This area has already done its part

Any "benefits to the village" and in fact any acceptance of any proposed new housing should only be considered after Great Horkesley has started and completed its own Neighbourhood Plan.


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