Thursday, 3 August 2017

Colchester Local Plan Consultation

Deadline: 11 August 2017, 5pm.

Please respond as below, to help preserve green space between Greenstead, Longridge Park and the new development.

The following linked page makes sending comments look complicated, but it isn't really!

Colchester Council - Local Plan Consultation

1) Go to the above web page. If you find the rest of the process below difficult, please see the end of the main text on the web page which gives an email address and phone number.

2) Click the link under Point 2) on the page, to go to the dedicated consultation portal.

3) Click on 'register now' and provide your details, or login if you have already registered.
(Please note that this login is not the same as the login for the Colchester Council website - you can only use it to login to the consultation portal. This is confusing because there can be two login links on the council webpage - one near the top for the council website, one near the centre for the consultation - you need the one near the centre when you want to login or out of the consultation portal.)

4) Click to go back to the consultation section.

5) Click on 'Section 1 - Publication Draft Local Plan'.

6) Click on 'Policy SP8: Tendring/Colchester Borders Garden Community'.

7) Click on the green pencil symbol to the left of the title 'Policy SP8 - Tendring/Colchester Borders Garden Community'.

8) Complete the displayed form, ideas below. You have to answer all the questions, I think.

9) Check back after 1 business day or so that your submission appears next to the policy - click the magnifying glass symbol next to the title 'Policy SP8 - Tendring/Colchester Borders Garden Community'.

Ideas for your submission

The section to comment on is 'Policy SP8: Tendring/Colchester Borders Garden Community'.

Use your words where possible, but include the following text if you agree, which accurately describes CHEAG's goals.

- Any new development to the East of Colchester in the Tendring/Colchester Borders should be over the brow of the hill and out-of-sight of existing residents of Greenstead and Longridge Park. Ideally, there should be a 1.5km green, undeveloped buffer between current housing and any new development. This idea is supported by the Greenstead Ward councillors.

- The green, undeveloped area between current and new housing should ideally be dedicated as a 'Country Park', for the enjoyment of the occupants of the up to 9,000 new houses and the existing residents of Greenstead and Longridge Park.

- Any new road in the area should incorporate noise shielding to prevent disturbance to residents from traffic noise.

- The Strategic Growth Development Plan Document for the area should be the subject of public consultation regarding the position of new development and green space.

Also include these if you agree:

- Housing design in the new development should be comparable with the best in Colchester, photos of which have been sent to planners. Please contact Colchester East Action Group for more details.

- The new development should include references to historical Colchester, in the design of buildings and street names.

Colchester East Action Group (CHEAG)