To the Inspector of Chelmsford City Council Local Plan
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Every 20 years Chelmsford City Council creates a strategy how to expand and where development will be, called CHELMSFORD CITY LOCAL PLAN
CCC evidence states
- 90% of our traffic is travelling to destinations accessible from the A12. (please see petition image, provided by CCC)
- Workers are travelling longer distances to work locations
- Only 9% of Chelmsford workers use the train
- The use of the car and van to travel to work is increasing
I am therefore calling on the public to put pressure on Chelmsford City Council to include sites that are the closet to the A12 and save the City Centre from needless vehicles and further congestion.
The A12 is widening but only from Marks Tey (near Colchester) to Boreham; The beginning of this bottle neck is exactly where the N/E bypass (that is still awaiting confirmation of full funding) is heading.
Where do you think London/Southend bound vehicles will join the A12?
- The beginning of a 5.6 mile bottleneck to Ingatestone.
- Rat run through villages and join at the three lane Ingatestone junction
- Cross the city centre and avoid the A12 altogether.
Chelmsford City Council have openly stated, development comes BEFORE infrastructure. So why won't they stand up for Chelmsfordians and apply this very logic to pressurise Highways England into making the A12 fit for purpose. Surely this MUST happen before we send a busy N/E bypass to join it?
WHY AM I PETITIONING CHELMSFORD CITY COUNCIL
1. I have come to realise some councillors vote as directed to by the party they represent without considering the facts.
2. By 2000 people signing this petition, (more if possible to show strength of feeling) Chelmsford City Council include it on their agenda, the public are allowed to speak, Councillors will have to listen to our frustration to bad planning and schemes.
3. Hammond's Farm (site next to the A12) was left out of the original Local Plan despite many attractive qualities. The public needs to strengthen all legal challenges from Parish Councils and show the inspector we do not support Chelmsford City Council reasons.
THE ALTERNATIVE IS A LOCATION CALLED HAMMONDS FARM
MY PERSONAL REASONS TO SUPPORT THIS SITE
Who wants more traffic in the city centre and the schemes Chelmsford City Council will create to stop vehicles entering the city centre, especially when an alternative is being offered as a viable way to reduce further traffic impact?
I would like to see a stronger fight against development from Chelmsford City Council. We know gang culture is growing, drug dealing common place, homelessness increasing, problematic school places and doctors appointments, and the homes we are building far from affordable for the average wage earner. So I see little point in continually inviting Londoners to join us, until we have existing problems under control. However, some homes have to be built and a Local Plan has to be delivered to government.
I would love to stop greedy style developments, that offer little thought for parking, dodging out of infrastructure and provoking social problems for the future.
I truly believe Hammond's Farm holds some of those concerns too.
Owned by a couple that believe people respond to their surroundings they have designed the following that reiterates what CCC are telling us we need:
- The ethos behind HAMMONDS FARM is forward thinking concept that prioritises lifestyle; creating a cohesive community is paramount to prevent social problems Chelmsford City is already experiencing.
- 50% of the land will remain open space.
- The location (next to the A12) is the most viable option to reduce the cities congestion. The original Local Plan (point 2.23) states approximately 90%of Chelmsford traffic destinations are travelling to London, Maldon, Basildon, or Colchester directions; as the Local Plan should deliver the best options for existing residents, it is nonsensical to develop anywhere that provokes a journey through Chelmsford adding to traffic congestion.
- The park and ride is HF focus for accessing the city centre, supported by a safe cycle network within the development.
- At HF, cycling is well thought out offering an attractive safe system. Chelmsford Growth package, recognises many roads are operating at 96% capacity identifying cycling as a solution to aid the congestion; however, CCC have failed to deliver direct safe routes. In my opinion, Hammond's Farm should take precedence over proposed development locations, that cannot deliver safe cycling to aid traffic congestion.
- A community farm will be delivered in phase 3 with profits ploughed back into the HF community.
- Provision for the elderly near the shopping centre; This not only reduces the need for cars by living central to amenities, it creates an ease to interact with your community, vital to alleviate loneliness.
- The plan includes funded infrastructure to include, roads, shops, doctors, several primary schools and secondary school. The owners want to oversee this is delivered as it an important part of the vision to create a community.
- Historic walk way has been afforded a 50metre open area to enjoy the splendid countryside.
- It has the potential to deliver 5000 homes, that if chosen instead of historic villages will relieve many proposed locations in Chelmsford of unwanted development. With such a substantial number its own express bus services to cross rail and Chelmsford Stations are viable to keep cars off the road.
- Hammond's Farm offers such a healthy alternative way to live, that is needed.
It is refreshing the land- owners are committed to overseeing the epigenetic vision and want to ensure it is delivered. I would hope if successful, inspire a different kind of development within Essex, that is putting COMMUNITY first a gift to future generations.
Chelmsford City Councils arguments are:
1. The A12 can’t cope, despite:
a. The North West bypass, designed to save Northern Chelmsford from traffic created by Great Lieghs developemnts, will direct vehicles onto the A12
b. Approx 90% of Chelmsford traffic is destined for locations accessible via the A12
c. With the stress of Essex expanding, Maldon, Colchester, Ipswich are all greatly developing creating thousands of vehicles. The A12 needs addressing and perhaps become a motorway.
2. HF park and ride is in conflict with the Sandon Park and Ride, despite CCC acknowleging Sandon P&R is near capacity and this initiative will use existing bus lanes, saving the tax payer huge expense.
3. HF is too convenient for city centre and the new Beauleau train station will not be used by HF residents. This station is yet to be agreed and if the A12 is fit for purpose, perectly accesible via HF P&R.
Thanks for getting this far, please sign NOW and enjoy the fuzzy feeling over Christmas. This petition will be submitted in March 2018.
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