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Representations on BMSDC Joint Local Plan Consultation Document (Interactive) - SS0623 - Land to the south east of Old Hall Lane, Cross Green
COMMENT Historic England (Katie Parsons)
Site SS0623 will be a difficult site to develop due the proximity and number of nearby designated heritage assets and the potential for non-designated assets in the form of archaeology. The site is located to the north of the Cockfield Cross Green
Conservation Area and a concentration of Grade II listed properties. A Scheduled Monument, moated sites south of Oldhall Green, lies to the north of the site. The
Cockfield Cross Green Conservation Area Appraisal identifies a Historic Environment Record Site of Archaeological Significance (numbers 3 and 4) at the Scheduled Monument and near Pepper Hall to the west. Our records show that the site at Pepper Hall contains the remains of a C19 (possibly earlier) house, moat and 3 fishponds. Any development of the site has the potential to impact upon these heritage assets. The presence of these heritage assets should be considered carefully as part of the site allocation process.
OBJECT Miss Ali Davies
I have major concerns about the proposed site and safety aspects as access is via a farm track leading onto a no through road as commented by other residents on cross green, many dog walkers use this lane as it leads to a public footpath, it's already dangerous with delivery vans etc. Also, the wildflower/life meadow should be heavily considered, we should treasure these things in life and preserve. This is a conservation area.
OBJECT Mrs Julie Goodsman
Old Hall Lane is a single track narrow road used by many dog walkers as it leads to the local footpath. There is nowhere for cars to pull in unless they use private driveways being a hazard in itself. As far as I'm concerned areas like this are a gem, people want to live here because of the natural beauty and I feel this would be threatened. There is already a substantial development at Hope House which will increase the traffic passing through Cross Green. This is a Conservation area after all!
OBJECT Mr Brian Mitchell
The hamlet of Cross Green has 35 dwellings sitting close to or within its historic conservation area with planning permission already submitted for another 11 dwellings. This current development has been criticised by the BDC Heritage Team for having an adverse impact because of the disproportionate scale of the development. Currently this hamlet displays a balanced mix of historicly relevant houses together with newer infill. This balance is already being threatened by the current development and the prospect of even more with all the associated impact will further erode this precious asset that benefits the village, and wider community.
OBJECT Mr Henry Ford
On paper, the Site looks appropriate for development, adjoining wholly or partly developed land on 3 sides.
Of prime significance on development is access.
In this case, the only access is via Old Hall Lane (the Lane).
In 1979, planning permission for a dwelling further down the Lane was refused because the Lane "was unsuitable for any further development" (B/382/79).
Since 1979, with 2 barn conversions and creation of 6 industrial/commercial units at Peppers Hall, traffic in the Lane has at least tripled and increased significantly in size.
The Lane remains as it was in 1979.
OBJECT Mr Wilson Dyer
Access to the proposed site is via a farm track leading onto Old Hall Lane, a very narrow single track 'No Through Road' with a 90 degree blind corner, no passing bays or footpaths. Many dog walkers use this lane daily. This site is a wild flower meadow attracting grant aid where flora and fauna have become an environmental asset. Drainage from septic tanks runs into the field. The historic hamlet of Cross Green is a Conservation Area and I strongly oppose the addition of any further land for housing on the SS0623 site.
OBJECT Mrs Brenda Dyer
Access is via a farm track leading onto Old Hall Lane which is a narrow single track 'No Through Road' with a 90 degree blind corner, no passing bays or footpaths. Many dog walkers use this lane daily. The lane exits onto the A1141 with restricted visibility. The site is a wild flower meadow with grant aid where flora and fauna have become an environmental asset. Drainage from at least six septic tanks runs into the field. The historic hamlet of Cross Green is a Conservation Area and I strongly oppose this site for housing.
OBJECT Mr Nigel Adam
I have grave concerns for the proposed development for the following reasons:
Access: Old Hall Lane is clearly unsuitable as commented by other representations.
Drainage: There is concern about suitable drainage for the current houses in the Lane and 15 potential new dwellings.
Environment: This rare managed meadow is used for hunting/feeding area by bats, raptors and other birds indicating a healthy vertebrate and invertebrate population in the meadow.
Amenity: If SS0623 and SS1018 proceeds along the current developments at Hope House, the size of Cross Green will double within about 5 years fundamentally changing the character of the area.
OBJECT Mr David Smith
The only access to this land is via Old Hall Lane which is only 2.8 metres wide with no passing places. There should also be 30 metres forward view, this is not possible because of the blind bend which is about 150 metres from the A1141 junction. A previous planning application was rejected because of the problems with access.
There is a pinch-point at the A1141 end because of the houses on either side of the lane. That turn in off the A1141 is also blind and requires care.
We are also concerned about the loss of privacy .
OBJECT Mr Geoff Benton
We have serious concerns about vehicular access to this plot should Old Hall Lane be the access route. The lane is 2.9m wide and is used by two way traffic.There are no formal passing places or footpaths. Vehicles either reverse or more commonly drive across private gardens to pass. There is a blind bend outside number 1 where the water splash crosses the lane. The lane serves 14 dwellings, farm traffic and Peppers Hall industrial units which frequently have large delivery lorries. There is already an argument to suggest the current arrangement is dangerous.
OBJECT Mr Trevor B Jones
Old Hall Lane is a single track road for 350 metres, passing can only be done by pulling onto private drives.
Emergency services would struggle for a fast call out. With 15 dwellings comes at least 30 motor vehicles, delivery vehicles and so on and Old Hall Lane could not cope with the increased traffic. Cross Green is a hamlet attached to a village but not one and the land proposed has been a haven for wild life, I have counted 12 varieties of birds plus squirrels, foxes etc
and I would object to any disturbance on that land.
OBJECT Mr Martin Mobberley
Old Hall Lane is very narrow and has become increasingly busy due to the businesses at Peppers Hall. Many local dog owners use the lane, but increasingly have to dodge out of the way of vans and lorries. When a heating oil or septic tanker services a property they have to park in the lane, so total gridlock occurs. Six chalets' septic tanks drain into the proposed area. They have all suffered drainage problems. Ours cost £2K to fix this year by digging a huge soakaway under the field! More houses would surely worsen the traffic and drainage issues.