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Representation 6791 on BMSDC Joint Local Plan Consultation Document (Interactive) by Dr John Webb

Support / Object: OBJECT
Document Link: BMSDC Joint Local Plan Consultation Document (Interactive) - Sproughton
Representation: Sproughton's suggested housing allocation is totally impracticable as the road network is struggling to cater for the present population even when the Orwell Bridge is not blocked (in which case Sproughton and its surroundings comes to a complete stop). There should be no further development until AFTER there have been MAJOR improvements to the road system. Past experience has shown that promised improvements usually fail to materialise.

Sewage system is overloaded.

Doctors' surgeries in the area are already overloaded and Sproughton School is full to bursting point.

If the developments currently suggested take place it would destroy Sproughton as a community, meanwhile a lot of rich builders would get a lot richer, while the present residents of Sproughton will get a lot poorer as a result of devaluation of their houses.

Original submission

Dear Sir or Madam

I am very disappointed that there appears to be no simple way for ordinary householders to comment on the proposed plan, they after all are the people who will be affected by the plan if it goes ahead. I have spent hours trying to link my comments to the various sections of the draft plan, but have to admit defeat, so am replying less formally.

1. The claimed overall housing need seems to be overestimated and confused.
A figure of 1.03 persons per household appears to have been used, which implies a high proportion of single occupier houses - in which case why is the council considering a mix including only 35% or so affordable houses. A figure of 1.03 persons per dwelling implies a MUCH HIGHER affordable homes.
2. In your Village Status scoring system, you have credited Sproughton with a Post Office which does not exist, and allotments which have been earmarked as a possible building site. The school is small and full to bursting so should be discounted.

Measuring distances to neighbouring villages or towns in miles is misleading to say the least. From Sproughton it is often quicker to get to Hadleigh than to Ipswich, due to frequent congestion on all of the roads leading to Ipswich. Typical journey time would be a better criterion.
3. Allocating proposed housing on the basis of the present size in house numbers is a fairer way of distributing the housing allocation and would minimise the impact on smaller communities that have been suggested as having the capability of absorbing disproportionate numbers of houses - e.g. Sproughton.

Sproughton's allocation will lead to galloping coalescence.
4. Sproughton's suggested housing allocation is totally impracticable as the road network is struggling to cater for the present population even when the Orwell Bridge is not blocked (in which case Sproughton and its surroundings comes to a complete stop). There should be no further development until AFTER there have been MAJOR improvements to the road system. Past experience has shown that promised improvements usually fail to materialise.

Also the present sewage system is already overloaded and need frequent remedial action.

Doctors' surgeries in the area are already overloaded and Sproughton School is full to bursting point.

5. If the developments currently suggested take place it would destroy Sproughton as a community, meanwhile a lot of rich builders would get a lot richer, while the present residents of Sproughton will get a lot poorer as a result of devaluation of their houses.

Yours faithfully


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