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Core Strategy Issues and Options Consultation Document (Read-only)

Question 16

Representation ID: 5841

Received: 28/01/2011

Respondent: Bidwells

Agent: Bidwells

Representation:

The disposition of the Green Wedges has resulted from careful masterplanning to ensure best amenity for the town. Any erosion of these should be a last resort and undertaken as part of a comprehensive review of open space needs.

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Question 19

Representation ID: 5842

Received: 28/01/2011

Respondent: Bidwells

Agent: Bidwells

Representation:

There is a need to upgrade the public realm of the Pinnacles and approaches to it. This is to better attract inward investors to what deserves to be more prestigious employment area. Extension to the Pinnacles is also possible and appropriate (see Barratt Vision Document).

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Question 20

Representation ID: 5843

Received: 28/01/2011

Respondent: Bidwells

Agent: Bidwells

Representation:

Barratts support the principles set out in Section 5.10 and those new locations of growth with best access to the town centre will assist in these aims. The land west of Harlow demonstrates comparative advantage over other sites in this respect.

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Question 26

Representation ID: 5845

Received: 28/01/2011

Respondent: Bidwells

Agent: Bidwells

Representation:

This option has failed to consider a lesser sized urban extension west of Harlow. It is clear that 3080 homes (option E) would severely compromise issues of coalescence. The proposed urban extension south of Harlow will invite problems of town centre access and easy assimilation to both the immediate urban area and landscape setting. Land west of Harlow for 1,000 to 1,100 homes (plus employment provision) should be identified as a site in substitute to that identified to the south.

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Question 27

Representation ID: 5846

Received: 28/01/2011

Respondent: Bidwells

Agent: Bidwells

Representation:

Attached with this representation is a Vision Statement. It responds to the recognition in the Scott Wilson SA that a western urban extension would best meet sustainable transport objectives but is at scale to offset the concern for coalescence. Advantages in terms of regeneration have been missed in the Scott Wilson report if a smaller scale urban extension was planned in association with an option for a similar scale of development west of Sumners.

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Question 29

Representation ID: 5849

Received: 28/01/2011

Respondent: Bidwells

Agent: Bidwells

Representation:

The text of the Issues and Options report has identified some important infrastructure issues but has not recognised how the land west of Harlow is able to provide early drainage infrastructure to benefit the growth ambitions elsewhere (notably land west of Sumners). The SA has wrongly identified deficits in infrastructure for land west of Harlow and attention is drawn to this in the supporting Vision document and in the accompanying support document Odyssey.

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Question 31 Other Comments

Representation ID: 5856

Received: 28/01/2011

Respondent: Bidwells

Agent: Bidwells

Representation:

These representations, made on behalf of Barratt Strategic, are accompanied by a Vision Statement. This has been the result of evidence gathering and engagement with Harlow and Epping Forest District Councils, Essex County Council, statutory bodies. It will be a document for further public engagement as the LDFs for both Harlow and Epping Councils progress.



The need for this has been prompted by the approach taken in the Scott Wilson Report, which in its generalised approach, failed to accurately assess the characteristics and capacity of individual sites. Moreover, rather than assessing the environmental and infrastructure capacity in order to determine the number of homes which could be supported to the West of Harlow, the study instead evaluated whether 3080 homes could be accommodated only to conclude that this was an over estimation. The study did not go on to assess the actual capacity which could be supported . It is also worth noting that such an assumed level of development was never anticipated as part of the RSS debate which recognised that a "smalller"urban extension west of Harlow could be part of adopted Regional Planning Policy. Therefore the statement that the land west of Harlow is an unreasonable alternative to growth on the basis of 3080 homes as the only available scenario, reflect an inaccurate and incomplete conclusion to the study. Similarly, the report alludes to drainage infrastructure limitations which do not exist. Hence a refined SA is invited as the LDF progress.



Based on the Vision Statement, attached with theses representations, the opportunity to dovetail into the urban fabric of Harlow and its rural setting is illustrated. A new neighbourhood of 1,000-1,100 homes is explained in terms of how it can create extensive green infrastructure between Harlow and Roydon to service as a permanent and well managed area of countryside with opportunities for active recreation. The proposed urban extension has been extensively tested to ensure low visibility from the wider landscape an in particular when viewed from Roydon.



In terms of access to the town centre and railway stations (Harlow Town and Roydon) there are considerable merits to this site, compared to other locations identified by the "consultants suggested approach" and we commend that their "approach" be amended by substitution of the southern growth location with the proposed growth area submitted on behalf of Barratts.



In terms of regeneration we invite the Council to consider the improvements proposed to the Pinnacles employment area offered in the attached Vision Statement and the arguments expressed in these representations.



Barratt Strategic welcome further engagement with the Council, other stakeholders to the LDF process and the public to progress the ideas expressed in these representations. Barratt Strategic invite the re-assessment of "The Consultants suggested approach" by the inclusion of the land west of Harlow at the expense of the land proposed to the south of the town.

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