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I strongly object to the proposed development on land behind Hillview Close.
Rowhedge has been developed extensively, the flats at Marsh Crescent and along the riverfront, and now there is the Wharf Development of 300 homes well underway. The preferred option to build on the above mentioned land is of great concern. Firstly, any further development will destroy the character of the village; the farmland in question enhancing the rural character of the village, which any more development would destroy. In addition, it seems that the impact of the Wharf Development has not even been considered at all, the obvious implications being the increased traffic, what definitive plans have the Council to ease the congestion not only in Rowhedge, but Old Heath area. The Old Heath Road can be a congested road and further traffic will only exacerbate this, impacting on residents and car drivers alike. Has the impact of the population increase on the pre-school and the primary school, which are at full capacity now, been considered and planned for? The Rowhedge Surgery will struggle to cope with the increase in population, meaning patients waiting days for appointments. The lack of infrastructure and the increased traffic would not only be detrimental to Rowhedge, but also to Old Heath and the surrounding area. Also, more traffic means more pollution and yet further congestion in Colchester which is becoming a very serious issue and will in turn require a planning rethink.
With particular reference to the properties in Hillview Close, there is the additional flood risk concern. The brook that flows behind the gardens becomes deep and fast flowing, with the potential to flood gardens after torrential downpours. Any new development would seriously compromise our properties. Ifproperties were built on this land, and it floods, who will be responsible?
With regard to loss of privacy, the plans are for properties to be in keeping with the existing properties. I am concerned that as bungalows are not commonly constructed now, and it is an elevated site, this would mean that houses and flats that would overlook properties in Hillview Close. Would there be adequate enhancement of the landscape to ensure residents were not overlooked? Some of the properties in at the bottom of Hillview Close are very open to the rear and I am not sure how the landscape could be enhanced to maintain our privacy.
At the public consultation , I was advised that this land is coming to the end of its productive life. One would assume that this would be applicable to land bordered by Ashurst Close and Carlton Court extending to the Fingringhoe Road. Ifthe land behind Hillview Close can be developed with scant regard to current infrastructure, what would prevent this land being developed in the near future? Surely, this would destroy green
belt land which would have disastrous consequences for the village.
With the mass developments planned for the east and west of Colchester, and the development of Rowhedge, thus far, surely building yet more homes in the village is not sustainable. Certainly any new development on the above land would have a very negative visual impact and be detrimental to the rural nature of the village.