Key Diagram

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Object

Local Development Plan Pre-Submission Publication

Representation ID: 6422

Received: 01/07/2018

Respondent: Mr Danny McCaughey

Representation:

I object to the indicative new sustainable transport corridor linking to the garden communities.
This proposed link would cut a line directly through the green wedge disrupting local communities, businesses and residential areas including cycle tracks from Fern Lane right through to the town centre. The town already has strong links and an easy route into the town centre. This green wedge would also not benefit from the creation of new green wedges in other areas of the town.. This would simply destroy the land creating more pollution (including near two schools and cycle/walking tracks).

Full text:

I object to the indicative new sustainable transport corridor linking to the garden communities.

This proposed link would cut a line directly through the green wedge disrupting local communities, businesses and residential areas including cycle tracks from Fern Lane right through to the town centre. The houses, businesses and infrastructure already in place on this green wedge would be disrupted and potentially destroyed by this indicative link. Whilst the council has cut back in recent years on bus services the disruption this work would cause and removal of a vital cycle link to the town centre from these surrounding areas will add little if any benefit to the local area. This entire area is also a valued walking area for the local communities and residents and a vital cycle/walking link to the town centre and surrounding areas/businesses. I would strongly suggest that residents in every area positioned throughout and adjacent to the green wedge would oppose this indicative link.

The town already has strong links and an easy route into the town centre through the A414 and the A1025. This unnecessary proposal would benefit very little and disrupt a lot.

This green wedge would also not benefit from the creation of new green wedges in other areas of the town as no 'linked' green wedges can be created in this area. This would simply destroy the land creating more pollution (including near two schools and cycle/walking tracks) and destroy local wildlife.

Object

Local Development Plan Pre-Submission Publication

Representation ID: 6468

Received: 06/07/2018

Respondent: Miller Strategic Land

Agent: Andrew Martin - Planning

Representation:

Our client is broadly supportive of the Key Diagram presented at Figure 4.1, but would like to raise a specific objection in respect of:
(i) the new east-west Green Wedge shown permeating through the East Harlow site;
(ii) the New Allotment provision in the same location; and
(iii) lack of any Indicative New Accesses for East Harlow to the north, in Epping Forest District.

Full text:

Our client is broadly supportive of the Key Diagram presented at Figure 4.1, but would like to raise a specific objection in respect of:
(i) the new east-west Green Wedge shown permeating through the East Harlow site;
(ii) the New Allotment provision in the same location; and
(iii) lack of any Indicative New Accesses for East Harlow to the north, in Epping Forest District.
Although our client accepts the principle of a new Green Wedge extending into the East Harlow site, the detailed location and scale of that Green Wedge should only be fixed through the Strategic Masterplan process (notably a Strategic Masterplan is one of the requirements listed in Policy HGT1). It is the strategic masterplan process that will assess the on-site constraints and opportunities in more detail and identify how best to accommodate the quantum of development and other supporting infrastructure (including green infrastructure) sought at East Harlow. Establishing the detailed location and scale of the Green Wedge (and the associated New Allotment provision) in the Local Plan could compromise the master planning process and potentially limit the site's ability to accommodate the full 2,600 dwellings envisaged within Harlow District.
In terms of access, the Key Diagram and the Policies Map only show a single new access into the East Harlow Site, i.e. to the south from Gilden Way. In reality the East Harlow proposals are likely to be served by three points of access, the southern access from Gilden Way and two northern accesses (one near Mayfield Farm and the other from the new link road roundabout leading to M11 J7A) in Epping Forest District. Clearly it is not for Harlow District Council to allocate new points of access in an adjoining district, but as things stand, the Key Diagram and the Policies Map could be interpreted to suggest that 2,600 dwellings will be served from a single access to the south. For the avoidance of doubt, it would be prudent to show the two additional northern accesses in Epping Forest District.
For these reasons the Key Diagram does not currently present the most appropriate strategy when considered against the reasonable alternatives - i.e. it is not "justified".