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Representation 10637 on BMSDC Joint Local Plan Consultation Document (Interactive) by Mr Colin Appleby

Support / Object: OBJECT
Document Link: BMSDC Joint Local Plan Consultation Document (Interactive) - Holbrook
Representation: The Neighbourhood / Development Plan for Holbrook at the moment being discussed and consulted on as well as further issues of concern to the wider community should consider there is no need for this kind of open market housing in the community. Holbrook already has enough large houses in the village this brings me onto the third proposed Development site in question (woodlands).

Original submission

PROPOSED DEVELOPMENT SITES
HOLBROOK VILLAGE.

The proposed sites for development are in my view particularly ill considered. They are Greenfield sites and building on two of the sites would both diminish the striking views into the centre of the village.
1. The FIVE ACRES development site and planning application for house on the land at the back of the Fire Station would both diminish the striking views into the centre of the village from the Alton Reservoir and the high point above Holbrook Creek which are viewed by tourists, keen photographers, dog walkers and general ramblers.
These areas have AONB states and border the South of the Village whilst design issues might be solved by conditions or revised proposals these could not remedy the site problems.
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2. The site along the main road behind the bungalow at present trees again is viewed by tourists passing through the village, dog walkers and general ramblers. The site again is sited in an area close to AONB States and brings peace and tranquillity to all who walk the area. Viewing this area from the main road you are also looking over a piece of land that has had planning permission refused in the past. My objection to this proposal is the reason this area was refused for planning.

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Access to this site would be from a (in my view) dangerous Junction as no roads or lanes currently go directly to the area or pass the area and my added objection to this site is against removal or alteration to the egress of the local paths.
Applications for planting of trees are put forward as an environmental improvement and in some cases as a smoke screen for future planning for houses which must be reviewed regularly by Parish Councils to avoid back door housing applications. Now trees are going to be knocked down if the development site is given the go ahead and replaced by concrete and roads. I take it this is the new way to help the environment. This has already taken place to build houses now Denmark Gardens.
The Neighbourhood / Development Plan for Holbrook at the moment being discussed and consulted on as well as further issues of concern to the wider community should consider there is no need for this kind of open market housing in the community. Holbrook already has enough large houses in the village this brings me onto the third proposed Development site in question (woodlands).
3. The Government is promoting the building of affordable homes and council houses which is to help with people getting on the housing ladder and extra housing that is needed. This site (Woodlands) is directly opposite the original council estate (Clench Road) which was built to help with previous housing problems and building these types of houses on this site would compliment Clench Road. This would offer an opportunity to local people for housing. In my view a compulsory purchase by the council should take place to enable this type of building to take place.
Finally, please note that my view is in respect of the proposed developments in Holbrook. Whilst i have taken every effort to present accurate information for your consideration, as i am not a decision maker or statutory consul tee, i cannot accept any responsibility for unintentional errors or omissions and should satisfy yourselves on any facts before reaching your decisions.
Yours Faithfully
Colin Appleby.

Attached Files for this Submission

  • Image 1 - Further Evidence (1.1 MB)
  • Image 2 - Further Evidence (1.1 MB)

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