Housing proposal for playing fields gets resident backing

RESIDENTS are prepared to back plans for a housing development on playing fields in Colchester.

Dishland applied to build 50 houses and flats on the Gas Rec playing field, in Bromley Road.

One football pitch will be retained and handed over to Gas Recreation Football Club, and the developers will build an Astroturf training pitch, a clubhouse, a Scout hut and a drop-off area for Roach Vale Primary School.

Gillian Bolderstone, chairman of Parsons Heath Residents’ Association, said: “I am wary about losing green space, but for the football club and for the Scouts it seems like a great opportunity. It is as important to keep community groups, perhaps even more than keeping green space.”

Peter Halliday, chairman of Welshwood Park Residents’ Association, said: “The developer has done his best to allay people’s concerns.

“My main concern is still the amount of extra traffic the development will create, but that aside, it sounds very positive.”

Borough councillors have expressed concerns about the plans because the land is not allocated for housing.

Colchester Council will have the final say.

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1:37am Fri 24 Jan 14

Boris says...

All very well to report the views of the chairs of residents' associations, but what about ordinary residents? And what about the people involved with the football club? Do they all agree with the Dishland project?
It is up to them. if they don't like it, they should write in and object to the planning permission being granted.
All very well to report the views of the chairs of residents' associations, but what about ordinary residents? And what about the people involved with the football club? Do they all agree with the Dishland project? It is up to them. if they don't like it, they should write in and object to the planning permission being granted. Boris
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9:21pm Fri 24 Jan 14

William George says...

Boris wrote:
All very well to report the views of the chairs of residents' associations, but what about ordinary residents? And what about the people involved with the football club? Do they all agree with the Dishland project?
It is up to them. if they don't like it, they should write in and object to the planning permission being granted.
Are we having the choice here or are we receiving decisions from the planning officers of what is being made by them.
These plans may be good and not as some residents fear to be not.

But the planning officers of the Colchester Borough Council have showed a lot more in the recent years to be not in good flavour. Then from those come failures to give later bad results and regrets.

When the residents have then to accept them regardless.
The councillors of the planning committee give too much, support to the officers than they give to the residents.

Residents told to have their say but are their say already decided by the planning committee
[quote][p][bold]Boris[/bold] wrote: All very well to report the views of the chairs of residents' associations, but what about ordinary residents? And what about the people involved with the football club? Do they all agree with the Dishland project? It is up to them. if they don't like it, they should write in and object to the planning permission being granted.[/p][/quote]Are we having the choice here or are we receiving decisions from the planning officers of what is being made by them. These plans may be good and not as some residents fear to be not. But the planning officers of the Colchester Borough Council have showed a lot more in the recent years to be not in good flavour. Then from those come failures to give later bad results and regrets. When the residents have then to accept them regardless. The councillors of the planning committee give too much, support to the officers than they give to the residents. Residents told to have their say but are their say already decided by the planning committee William George
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