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Representations on Preferred Options Local Plan - Mersea Island

Representation ID: 2482

COMMENT West Mersea Town Council (Mrs Petra Palfreyman)

Summary:

West Mersea is a proud and unique community within the Colchester Borough, and whilst WMTC appreciates that Colchester has an obligation to build additional dwellings to house a growing national population WMTC would contend that the areas shown for development in your Local Plan may be suitable for additional dwellings but only if all the above issues are addressed in full. We would urge CBC to consult further with WMTC and to take into full consideration the heart felt views of the local community. WMTC would be pleased to work with CBC to find solutions that protect this unique environment here in Mersea and that go in some way to providing more housing and local amenities to meet the growing and changing needs of the population.

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Representation ID: 2159

OBJECT Ms Beverley Perkins

Summary:

There are significant infrastructure and service constraints on any additional or accelerated development in West Mersea. Much of the infrastructure is in need of maintenance or improvement to accommodate existing load and services are at or near capacity so that even a modest increase in population would require significant investment. Costs 'per unit/per capita' are likely to be far greater than development to the East or West of Colchester as West Mersea is isolated (an island) and there are no economies of scale.

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Representation ID: 2137

OBJECT Mr William Baker

Summary:

There are significant infrastructure and service constraints on any additional or accelerated development in West Mersea. Much of the infrastructure is in need of maintenance or improvement to accommodate existing load and services are at or near capacity so that even a modest increase in population would require significant investment. Costs 'per unit/per capita' are likely to be far greater than development to the East or West of Colchester as West Mersea is isolated (an island) and there are no economies of scale.

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Representation ID: 1932

OBJECT Mr Mike Daniels

Summary:

Mersea Island is unique, and these proposals can only serve to ruin its character, beauty and bio-diversity. It is already groaning under the weight of all the infilling that has taken place over the last 30+ years. More recently it has become a very popular tourist attraction. This, in turn, has led to the existing infra-structure being stretched to breaking point. The addition of these 350 homes, together with the concomitant increase in visits by friends and family, will further ruin its character. This is a case of 'killing the goose which lays the golden egg!'

More details about Rep ID: 1932

Representation ID: 1187

OBJECT Mr Peter Tatlow

Summary:

If total of 350 houses are built, plus properties built on individual plots within this time period, estimate 10 no./year x 10, calculate an additional 1200+ people, 450 additional cars.
CBC state 3200 houses, Oct. 2015 Council Tax Band states 3573 houses. Based on this figure, met the requirement!
Current infrastructure limitations, doctors, schooling, water, sewerage & damage to environment, road access, policing, shopping amenities, employment, affordable housing for local people, over development of caravan sites & no consideration of the annual influx of additional visitors & effects to the above infrastructure

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Representation ID: 1147

OBJECT Antonia Moore-Browne

Summary:

My objections centre on infrastructure but 3,200 dwellings quoted do not include caravan dwellers:-

We only have one access road - what happens if we had to evacuate quickly in an emergency?

The state of our roads is dire with heavy traffic and lack of parking compounded by summer visitors.

The Surgery is de-listing patients, there is a 2 year wait for an NHS dentist and the school is full.

The sewage works are at capacity and East Road floods after heavy rain.

Tesco Express is hardly a 'Supermarket'

Can't you add these houses to your 'garden cities' with their new infrastructure?

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Representation ID: 1141

OBJECT Mr Roger Parr

Summary:

Rather than scattered piecemeal development in remote areas across the borough, which encourages a huge carbon footprint as residents travel to work, station, schools, hospitals, town etc.let's do something really exceptional.
As Britain's oldest town, let's declare internationally, that we will do better than Copenhagen and have cleaner air. Let's focus all our resources on development in the town. Lets build a 21st century infrastructure to access all the key amenities.
This will attract significant inward investment and reflect on the talents of CBC and the planning department.

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Representation ID: 1002

OBJECT Mr Kevin O'Connor

Summary:

The Island is already over populated and any new housing will be detrimental to the facilities that exist.
Sewage works, roads, doctors, car parks and the school will not be able to cope.

More details about Rep ID: 1002

Representation ID: 799

OBJECT Mrs Eileen Harding

Summary:

I wish to register a strong objection to this proposed development due to the likely increased pressure on the already overloaded infrastructure especially doctors and health services, school, roads and the Strood.
I consider this to be an overdevelopment proposal which will result in a loss of amenity.

More details about Rep ID: 799

Representation ID: 378

OBJECT Mr Tony Jacobs

Summary:

I would like to object to the proposed development of 350 homes to be built near East road for the following reasons
1 no police on island
2 services already stretched especially as more people from caravan parks using DR's and dentist
3 development over years leaving less green area's
4 school has no places
5 no work on island
6 influx of probably another 700 vehicles has most families have 2 cars will not help the environment
This island just doesn't have the means to cope with such a big development so please reconsider and refuse the application
Tony Jacobs

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Representation ID: 351

OBJECT Mr Paul Baker

Summary:

I object to this plan please find attachments

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Representation ID: 347

OBJECT Mrs Julie Baker

Summary:

Objections to two housing estates planned for Mersea Island
Please see attached documents:

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Representation ID: 346

OBJECT Mr David Conway

Summary:

Strain on infrastructure e.g policing, doctors surgery, traffic and emergencies due to a significsnt jump in population.

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Representation ID: 327

OBJECT Mr Andrew Beevers

Summary:

This development is far greater than the infrastructure of the island can cope with

More details about Rep ID: 327

Representation ID: 303

COMMENT mr Robert Mortimer

Summary:

On the mersea road going from town to mersea island the pathway disapears which should be remadedby creating one and also possibly incorprating a cyle path with it this would in turn be a nice walk from town to island and make it look a bit better which in turn allows the locals of all villages see that your improving infustructer before increasing population also getting first to decrease the cost of tikets would help (be seen to be putting presure on first to cut prices even if it does not happen is a good perseption)

More details about Rep ID: 303

Representation ID: 42

COMMENT Mrs Susan Tooley

Summary:

Mersea Island is currently a renowned retirement area. I am rather disgusted with the council, for encouraging householders to make any views of objection by way of e-mail. I would suggest that many residents do not have this facility, or are not confident enough to find your site for comment. If you are genuinely concerned with residents' views, you should send a representative around to knock on doors.

More details about Rep ID: 42

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