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Prevent development of Salary Brook Valley affecting residents of Greenstead and Longridge

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The Emerging Local Plan for Colchester (2017-2032) proposes a new 'garden community' on the border of Colchester and Tendring, to deliver up to 2,500 homes in the next 15 years, with eventually between 7,000-9,000 homes planned to be built in the Salary Brook Valley area (Colchester Preferred Options Local Plan, page 38, Policy SP8).

While we accept that there is a national need for more houses to be built, and that the area may benefit from increased infrastructure spending and opportunities for young people to be employed in the building industry, we are concerned about the potential negative impact on the environment of the existing Greenstead and Longridge communities, and so petition in favour of the following:

  1. The designation of the whole of Salary Brook Valley and the eastern slopes of Clinghoe Hill (from the area surrounding Salary Brook to Slough Lane and following the path of this road until it meets Wivenhoe Road and subsequently meets Bromley Road) as a Country Park, or a similar development designation with necessary restrictions on any development within that area.
  2. That any housing development approved to the east of the above is made conditional on the planning, implementation and completion of the infrastructure required to support that development (roads, public transport, schools, healthcare, community facilities, sports and recreational facilities) before the new residential areas are opened.
  3. A full assessment being made of the potential flood risk of any new development making the existing flooding problems in the Salary Brook area any worse, and binding guarantees being obtained from water companies and the developers that specific measures that will be implemented to prevent the new development from increasing the flood risk, and to mitigate the existing level of flooding in the area.
  4. A commitment that any new development will include at least 30% affordable housing, will include new social housing for those currently unable to afford a home, and housing suitable for students, low income families, and single parents, who may currently struggle to afford suitable housing for their needs.

We request that Colchester Borough Council and Tendring District Council work together to achieve the above for the benefit of the communities in Greenstead, Longridge, and the University of Essex.

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