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Garden Community (Mega City?) given the go ahead by the Inspector
The Inspector has now produced his report on Part 1 of the Local Plan and with some tweaks found it sound. As feared this means the garden community near us is included in the Plan.
This has implications for Wivenhoe. Congestion on the A133 is likely to get even worse. Given that there is a lot of North Essex it seems odd that the only major development in the Plan is for a site adjacent to one of the busiest, most congested roads into Colchester, with no rail onnection.
A Development Plan Document (DPD) setting out more detailed proposals for the GC will be produced, allegedly in consultation with the Local Community. It is important that we all use any opportunities to influence the outcome. The Inspector has left details about coalescence breaks, detailed layout and timing of the provision of community facilities to be decided in the DPD. Various responses to the consultation had argued that the A133 formed a suitable boundary for development but he did not endorse this considering it a DPD matter.
Is there anything good in this from Wivenhoe's point of view? The link road between the A133 and the A120 could be a benefit but it may itself generate extra traffic quite apart from the trips generated by the proposed new housing. There is the potential that a Country Park incorporating Salary Brook and adjacent land could be created.
You can see the Inspector's report and the modifications made to the draft plan at the site below. Click on 4