'50 new homes could divide our community'

'50 new homes could divide our community'

'50 new homes could divide our community'

First published in News

PLANS to build 50 homes on a football pitch could ruin a thriving community, it has been warned.

Developer Dishland wants to build the homes, a new community-use pavilion, an all-weather five-a-side pitch and a school drop-off zone on one of the pitches at the Gas Recreation Ground, off Bromley Road, in Colchester.

But residents and council planners have opposed the plans because it would double the amount of traffic using Salary Close, a quiet cul-de-sac made up predominately of older residents, and the land is not zoned for housing.

During a feisty planning appeal hearing yesterday which Government planning inspector Isobel McCretton almost failed to control, each side levelled attacks on the other.

Mike Hogg, Colchester councillor for St Anne’s, who yesterday represented 71 objecting households at an appeal hearing into the plans, said: “There are 52 properties in Salary Close and what is being proposed will effectively increase the number of people, traffic and whatever else you have by 100 per cent.

“It would fundamentally change the character of the area and my fear as a councillor is it will create two separate communities.

“These [opposition] residents do not wish to have these plans go through and the last thing I want is one part of the ward in opposition to another.”

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4:11pm Thu 21 Aug 14

seikothrill says...

I never wanted 1600 houses built in Mile End until current issues etc resolved but Colchester Council didn't listen so what is the problem with 50 houses?

Salary Close residents will have to put up with additional traffic of 50 houses yet Mile End has to put up with additional traffic of 1600 houses plus existing levels

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I never wanted 1600 houses built in Mile End until current issues etc resolved but Colchester Council didn't listen so what is the problem with 50 houses? Salary Close residents will have to put up with additional traffic of 50 houses yet Mile End has to put up with additional traffic of 1600 houses plus existing levels Approve seikothrill
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4:49pm Thu 21 Aug 14

Jack222 says...

WE need the houses. get on with it.
WE need the houses. get on with it. Jack222
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11:01pm Thu 21 Aug 14

Hamiltonandy says...

Plenty of derelict sites in Colchester that could take houses. For example bottom of East Hill to the right are long abandoned buildings. Yes, a developer has plans but nothing has happened for decades. Similarly down Hythe Hill near the old bridge. Then there is the so called "cultural quarter". Of course it is cheaper to build on green fields.
Plenty of derelict sites in Colchester that could take houses. For example bottom of East Hill to the right are long abandoned buildings. Yes, a developer has plans but nothing has happened for decades. Similarly down Hythe Hill near the old bridge. Then there is the so called "cultural quarter". Of course it is cheaper to build on green fields. Hamiltonandy
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