1600 new homes have been proposed on land right next to our Village!
You only have a few days left to send in your objection letter
TIPS FOR YOUR OBJECTION LETTER RE: BROOK GREEN
• REPLY BY 25th FEBRUARY (ALTHOUGH LATER LETTERS WILL ALL BE CONSIDERED UP UNTIL THE DATE THE DECISION IS MADE IT IS BEST TO GET IT IN BY THIS DATE)
• USE THE PLANNING APPLICATION REFERENCE ON THE LETTER 15/01538/OUT
• USE COUNCIL OR GOVERNMENT PLANNING POLICY AND SAY WHY THE PROPOSAL DOES NOT MEET IT
• BE SPECIFIC RATHER THAN GENERAL – GIVING EXAMPLES WHERE APPROPRIATE
• SEND INDIVIDUAL RESPONSES NOT STANDARD LETTERS
• SEND A SEPARATE LETTER FOR EVERY PERSON WHO OBJECTS RATHER THAN HOUSEHOLDS
• EMAIL YOUR REPLY TO firstname.lastname@example.org OR SEND A LETTER TO Development Management, Causeway House, Braintree CM7 9HP OR REGISTER ONLINE ON BRAINTREE DC PLANNING SITE TO MAKE COMMENTS
• JUST SIGN A PETITION, IT HAS LITTLE WEIGHT, YOU MUST WRITE
• COMPLAIN ON GROUNDS IRRELEVANT TO PLANNING LAW EG THE NOISE/DISRUPTION OF BUILDING, EFFECT ON HOUSE VALUE, ABILITY TO WALK ACROSS PRIVATE FIELDS, VIEWS
• THINK THAT THIS IS FUTILE – IF YOU DON’T TAKE THE TIME TO OBJECT YOU CANNOT COMPLAIN IF THE DEVELOPMENT GOES AHEAD
Some assistance with council policy
1. Braintree DC Local Plan states ““The Plan will provide for future local needs for homes, employment, and business sites, whilst protecting the most valuable countryside and maintaining a high quality of life in the District”. Does this proposal do that?
2. Did you know that the site is wholly outside the Braintree District Boundary approved in September 2014 in the Pre Submission Plan and so this development is building on land not allocated for development.t
3. Braintree DC’s own core strategy states that the council, in planning decisions shall seek “To protect, restore and enhance the natural habitats, biodiversity, landscape character, amenity and environmental quality of the countryside and the open spaces and green corridors within towns and villages and improve ecological connectivity across the District. Apart from the identified Growth Locations, the open countryside between the Main Towns, Key Service Villages and Other Villages should be kept undeveloped.” Does this proposal do that?
4. Did you know the site is Greenfield land (ie previously undeveloped land)? Braintree DC’s own Core Strategy on sustainability states that the Council will promote the development of previously developed sites (i.e. brownfield sites) and urban regeneration to limit the extent of greenfield land required. Over 300 potential development sites were submitted to the council in 2014 in its “Call for Sites” and a lot are Brownfield sites. Those options ought to be exhausted before development on this particular greenfield site is granted.
5. Did you know that the land is deemed as ‘green wedge’ specifically to prevent the coalescence (merging) of Braintree, Rayne and Notley.
The Braintree District Settlement Fringes Evaluation of Landscape Analysis Study of Braintree and environs report prepared for Braintree District Council and dated June 2015 stated the land subject to this application “played important roles in preserving the separation between Braintree and smaller settlements in its environs, or between these smaller settlements, namely between…. Rayne and Braintree; Rayne and Great Notley. However they tend to not relate strongly to the existing urban fabric of these villages, and are landscapes sensitive to change as they provide a rural setting to the settlements. Access to the Parcels is generally via minor roads or public rights of way. The public rights of way are also sensitive to change that detracts from the rural character.
In the southern portion of Braintree’s environs there are several small towns or villages that are settlements physically separated from Braintree, namely Rayne, Great Notley, Black Notley, Tye Green and Cressing. Thus Parcels in the intervening areas between Braintree and these settlements have typically been assessed as having a Medium-Low capacity to accommodate future development” The Council’s own report therefore says that this land has a low-medium capacity for development and that land assessed as medium-high should be used.
6. Did you know that Natural England in its consultation deemed the land to be “best and most versatile”? Para 112 of the National Planning Policy Framework states that councils should seek to use areas of poorer quality land in preference to that of high quality land.
7. The Flitch Way is deemed as a Country Park, defined as areas for people to visit and enjoy recreation in a countryside environment predominantly natural or semi-natural landscape, e.g. woodland, grassland, wetland, heathland or parkland.” Would this development retain those features of the Flitch Country Park?
It is also deemed as a Suitable Accessible Natural Greenspace (SANG). A SANG must have ‘no unpleasant intrusions’ and should provide ‘naturalistic space with areas of open countryside and areas of dense and scattered trees and shrubs. Would that remain the case if this development went ahead?
8. Braintree Council planning Objectives 8, 11 and 14 seek to promote accessibility and ensure there is necessary infrastructure to support it, reduce contributions to climate change and improve air quality. Would the extra traffic do this? Is there appropriate infrastructure in place or would this just increase the congestion/already saturated local traffic issue especially at Pods Brook roundabout? Are the plans proposed adequate to meet this issue?
9. Braintree planning objective 13 states to avoid development in areas at risk of flooding. This proposal is in flood zones 2 and 3.