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Representation 9975 on BMSDC Joint Local Plan Consultation Document (Interactive) by Julie Brown

Support / Object: OBJECT
Document Link: BMSDC Joint Local Plan Consultation Document (Interactive) - INFRASTRUCTURE, Healthy Communities
Representation: * Greater attention needs to be given to avoiding the 'swamping' of existing communities with excessive developments.
* More emphasis should be given to ensuring that any necessary developments are spread more evenly over the District as a whole, rather than being concentrated in particular communities.

Original submission

I would like to lodge the following response to the BMSDC JLP consultation document. Could you please confirm receipt of my submission and include me in the mailing list for updates on the progress of the JLP. Thank you.
This part is from the heart, please read it first, then I have also bullet pointed from documentation.
My name is Julie Brown and I am a resident of Sproughton village , yes I said village because that is what it is and myself and other residents want it to stay that way. I made a decision that when I got married I would live in a village (probably the rest of my life). I am no snob, however I have never wanted to live in a town and never will. For 24 years I lived in Bramford, Suffolk, bringing my children up there ,a village life with a great community spirit. I moved to Sproughton 4 years ago and the community spirit is even greater.

I live on one of the busiest junctions used in Suffolk,(yes I do, but I love my house and I chose to live in it) the B1113 road which is Loraine Way , Burstall Lane, High Street and Lower Street, I live directly opposite the Sproughton Wild Man Public House, Number 1 High Street. On many occasions it is extremely difficult to often even join the road when coming out of my shared drive with The SHED, often with extreme amount of honking of horns, abusive language , but worst of all drivers even mounting paths, often nearly hitting the edge of my house. The speed is mad the majority of the time, children trying to cross the road is so dangerous, drivers have no consideration at all, Yet you are considering 2000 plus houses, so that is in excess of 4000 cars to join this junction, because what ever way you look at it, they will have to go one of 4 ways. THEIR AIM IS PURE AND SIMPLE TO HAMMER THROUGH SPROUGHTON VILLAGE. THE WORST OF IT IS ALSO WHEN APPROXIMATELY A YEAR OR SO AGO THE INFRASTRUCTURE OR HIGHWAYS DECIDED TO MOVE THE 30MPH LIMIT SIGN FURTHER DOWN THE B1113 (BRAMFORD DIRECTION) TO TRY TO GET DRIVERS TO SLOW DOWN PRIOR TO ACTUALLY GETTING TO THE VILLAGE SIGN TO SPROUGHTON, NO ONE TAKES ANY NOTICE OF THIS , I HAVE RUNG HIGHWAYS , THE POLICE AND ITS POINTLESS, THEY JUST TOSS YOU FROM PILLOW TO POST.

Two years ago my son got tossed off his bike on the roundabout HADLEIGH / WASHBROOK/ IPSWICH/, he could of been killed because she openly admitted she did not see him, every time he goes out on his bike, I still have the same thoughts.

BASICALLY FROM THE TIME PEOPLE GET TO THAT ROUNDABOUT , heading for Sproughton THEY ARE JUST PUTTING THEIR FOOT DOWN TO GET THROUGH OUR VILLAGE AS QUICK AS POSSIBLE, SO PLEASE WHAT EVER YOU DO , NEVER END UP PUTTING YELLOW LINES ON OUR ROADS BECAUSE THEN SOMEONE WILL END UP BEING KILLED, FOR SURE,

I am a runner and on many occasions when I am running back down the B1113 from Bramford to Sproughton I will actually point to the speed sign whilst running pass it to let drivers know they are doing wrong and have on occasions had extreme gestures given.

So as you can see one of my greatest concerns about you considering building a mass amount of houses in my lovely village in the traffic AND THE ROADS WHICH CANNOT COPE NOW.

AS I STATED ABOVE I AM A RUNNER, I RUN ALONG THE RIVER BANK ALL THE TIME AND HAVE SOME BEAUTIFUL PICTURES OF THE RIVER GIPPING AND ALL THE LOVELY VIEWS, FOR THIS TO BE TAKEN AWAY AND HOUSES PUT IN A LOT OF THESE PLACES IS BEYOND BELIEF, THIS IS A PLACE I WANT TO RUN AND WALK WITH EVENTUALLY (WHEN THEY COME) MY GRANDCHILDREN, LIKE ME AS A CHILD, I WANT THEM TO ENJOY THEIR SUMMERS IN A BEAUTIFUL VILLAGE WHICH THEY WILL MAKE MEMORIES. THE LANDSCAPE IS PRECIOUS, THERE ARE SO MANY PLACES OUTSIDE OF OUR VILLAGES AND OTHER VILLAGE WHERE HOUSES COULD AND SHOULD BE BUILT, ALSO THERE ARE EXTREME AMOUNTS OF EMPTY PROPERTIES WHICH SIT FOR YEARS, THESE SHOULD BE KNOCKED DOWN AND HAVE PLACES REBUILT ON THEM,WE ALL KNOW HOUSES ARE NEEDED BUT SPROUGHTON DOES NOT WANT THEM, PLEASE LISTEN TO OUR VILLAGE PEOPLE AND RE CONSIDERATE YOUR PLANS.

WE HAVE A SMALL VILLAGE SCHOOL, NO DOCTORS SURGERY, NO POST OFFICE . WE HAVE A WONDERFUL COMMUNITY VILLAGE SHOP, BECAUSE WE WANT TO STAY A SMALL VILLAGE. THE BUS SERVICE IS NOT VERY GOOD AND WE ARE A BYPASS VILLAGE FOR SO MANY NOT SPROUGHTON RESIDENTS THAT BRINGING EXTRA PEOPLE , CARS, HOUSES WILL EVENTUALLY BRING OUR VILLAGE TO A STAND STILL


SECTION 1 - STRATEGIC
* Development should be balanced between homes and employment, emphasising provision of housing that local residents need and can afford.
* The already strained local road networks must be radically improved, especially the "Ipswich Northern Route" and improvements to the A1071 at B1113 and Hadleigh Road junctions, and access onto the A14.
* The B1113 is an Off Network Diversion Route but the road through the village is inadequate for that purpose. If there is an accident on either the A12 or the A14, people use the B1113 as a cut through, meaning that people that live on that road can barely get out of their houses on these occasions.
* Ensure delivery of all necessary infrastructure / services (transport, schools, medical, open space etc) in good time - I know that Bramford school is full and has already been extended, and Sproughton does NOT have a Post Office as stated, just a small community shop. There is no doctors or dentist either.
* Development shouldn't lead to communities losing their identities by swamping and creeping coalescence (merging of communities). We consciously CHOSEto live in a village environment and have the RIGHT to do so. We do not deserve to have the "goal posts" moved in such a major way as this.

SECTION 2 - DELIVERY

I support an option for proportional distribution and the carefully planned 'organic growth' of existing communities. As young people grow, they should have the opportunity of living in their own community should they wish to do so.

New Settlement
* I agree with this concept of creating a new or garden town, a separate and distinct community most probably in a new location with minimal local impact but the potential to improve/create improved county infrastructure/services.
Housing Types
* Any developments should consist of various size options of houses, accessible houses, affordable homes and bungalows.
* Housing needs should come before profits for developers.
Older persons
* I support policies that increase the provision of Bungalows and Accessible housing.
* A factor being ignored is that we are living longer, and the number of retired people selling houses in city areas migrating to the area.
* The aging population is looking for bungalows but they will also need more care so there will be a need to increase health and care infrastructure.
Affordable Housing
* I support the retention of a 35% affordable housing target, and this should be robustly enforced.
* Smaller developments assimilate into the rural character of the county.
Economy
* Commercial brownfield sites should be considered in preference to greenfield for all types of development.
* There is a need for Northern Ipswich bypass
* There is a need for Improvements to A1071 junctions through Sproughton
* I would support a policy for the Council to start building themselves, this has dropped dramatically.
Environment
Local area/spot designations like Special Landscape areas, cherished view points, wildlife, flora and fauna reserves etc. have evolved from many years' experience and often considerable efforts by communities, sometimes based on fleeting observations of rare species. They preserve the best of our environment & any policy that introduces a subjective opinion has the risk of overlooking years of experience and effort in favour of financial considerations.

Climate change
Due to changing weather patterns the threat from flooding is becoming more uncertain along the river valley and SUDS (Sustainable Drainage Systems) are not adequate for sustained (several day) rainfall events especially in flood zones.

Design
* The spirit of the market town and hamlet type community is the character of Suffolk and design would fit in better if more effort was made to blend in with this traditional character.
* That lends itself to small developments not estates which change the character of the county.
* All development should be designed to blend into the countryside and community, protected or not, & the dominant visual features should always be the landscape that existed before the development & not the development itself.
Healthy Communities
* Greater attention needs to be given to avoiding the 'swamping' of existing communities with excessive developments.
* More emphasis should be given to ensuring that any necessary developments are spread more evenly over the District as a whole, rather than being concentrated in particular communities.
Potential Land for Development
The number of houses proposed for Sproughton is 2,310. This is a disproportionate amount of housing for Sproughton. If the net OAN is 4,210 then Sproughton has 55% of the houses required allocated to it. A better approach would be to pro-rata the allocation across all parishes. This would allow settlements to grow in a more organic way without penalising one parish in particular to the extent that it would be absorbed into Ipswich and merge with Bramford. I chose to move from Bramford to Sproughton, downsizing to a smaller community.

We want Sproughton Village to stay exactly that, NOT a suburb of Ipswich.

As mentioned at the beginning of this email, I would like to lodge the following response to the BMSDC JLP consultation document. Could you please confirm receipt of my submission and include me in the mailing list for updates on the progress of the JLP.

Thank you. JULIE BROWN







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