170-home proposals to be decided on in August

170 homes set for Rowhedge - but no affordable homes included in plans

170 homes set for Rowhedge - but no affordable homes included in plans

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PLANS to build 170 homes in Rowhedge have been submitted.

Bloor Homes wants to develop the site of former warehouses at Rowhedge Wharf, off the High Street.

The proposed development includes 15 flats, 155 houses, a boat storage building which could accommodate a doctor’s surgery, and a boat slipway.

However, because of the high costs associated with developing the site, Bloor Homes have ruled out including any affordable homes in its plans, which has been met with concern by residents.

A spokesman for Bloor Homes said: “The intention if we get planning permission through is we want to get on with the development as quickly as possible thereafter.”

The project, which has been split into two phases, is expected to be completed within four years, with the first six to 12 months spent on getting the site ready for building.

The first phase will be an access road to the Wharf site from Rectory Road, which means no construction traffic would have to use High Street, and the second is for the homes and community facilities.

Residents can have their say on the plans until May 19, by contacting Colchester Council planning department.

The proposals will be decided by planning committee members in August.

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10:42am Thu 1 May 14

Colonel Kurtz says...

CBC mindset....

Must build new housing estates.. must keep building.. must keep receiving brown envelopes... no new roads or schools... fastest growing town in Britain...more developments.. more brown envelopes.. yum yum yum
CBC mindset.... Must build new housing estates.. must keep building.. must keep receiving brown envelopes... no new roads or schools... fastest growing town in Britain...more developments.. more brown envelopes.. yum yum yum Colonel Kurtz
  • Score: 3

10:43am Thu 1 May 14

Avillager says...

What a perfect place for the Rowhedge Heritage Trust to set up - integrating the new part of the village with the old. Using a 'boat shed' to show off the maritime history of the village is just perfect!
What a perfect place for the Rowhedge Heritage Trust to set up - integrating the new part of the village with the old. Using a 'boat shed' to show off the maritime history of the village is just perfect! Avillager
  • Score: 0

11:04am Thu 1 May 14

Jack222 says...

No reason that everything must have 'affordable' (means cheap) housing - we also need development centred on bring wealth into a community...
No reason that everything must have 'affordable' (means cheap) housing - we also need development centred on bring wealth into a community... Jack222
  • Score: 5

11:14am Thu 1 May 14

wormshero says...

Colonel Kurtz wrote:
CBC mindset....

Must build new housing estates.. must keep building.. must keep receiving brown envelopes... no new roads or schools... fastest growing town in Britain...more developments.. more brown envelopes.. yum yum yum
As someone who despite having a well paid job and savings can't get into the property ladder because demand is far, far, far higher than supply, yes, we need more houses! The population is expanding quickly and people are living longer, there isn't enough houses for everyone.
[quote][p][bold]Colonel Kurtz[/bold] wrote: CBC mindset.... Must build new housing estates.. must keep building.. must keep receiving brown envelopes... no new roads or schools... fastest growing town in Britain...more developments.. more brown envelopes.. yum yum yum[/p][/quote]As someone who despite having a well paid job and savings can't get into the property ladder because demand is far, far, far higher than supply, yes, we need more houses! The population is expanding quickly and people are living longer, there isn't enough houses for everyone. wormshero
  • Score: 4

11:40am Thu 1 May 14

Checkout says...

That's it, keep the riff raff and youngsters out. The white flight from London's east end will soon find it's way there and fully enhance village life.
That's it, keep the riff raff and youngsters out. The white flight from London's east end will soon find it's way there and fully enhance village life. Checkout
  • Score: 6

1:15pm Thu 1 May 14

Colonel Kurtz says...

wormshero wrote:
Colonel Kurtz wrote:
CBC mindset....

Must build new housing estates.. must keep building.. must keep receiving brown envelopes... no new roads or schools... fastest growing town in Britain...more developments.. more brown envelopes.. yum yum yum
As someone who despite having a well paid job and savings can't get into the property ladder because demand is far, far, far higher than supply, yes, we need more houses! The population is expanding quickly and people are living longer, there isn't enough houses for everyone.
The reason is simple. Mass immigration has created demand greater than supply
[quote][p][bold]wormshero[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Colonel Kurtz[/bold] wrote: CBC mindset.... Must build new housing estates.. must keep building.. must keep receiving brown envelopes... no new roads or schools... fastest growing town in Britain...more developments.. more brown envelopes.. yum yum yum[/p][/quote]As someone who despite having a well paid job and savings can't get into the property ladder because demand is far, far, far higher than supply, yes, we need more houses! The population is expanding quickly and people are living longer, there isn't enough houses for everyone.[/p][/quote]The reason is simple. Mass immigration has created demand greater than supply Colonel Kurtz
  • Score: 0

1:20pm Thu 1 May 14

Mark Goacher says...

On the one hand it is better to have brownfield site developments such as this than building on greenfield land. However politicians need to address the problem of population increase causing pressure on housing rather than just saying build build build. Also we need to end the modern practice of builders building huge ugly boxes with no gardens which overlook each other in order to maximise profits rather than a proper house with a garden and some privacy.
On the one hand it is better to have brownfield site developments such as this than building on greenfield land. However politicians need to address the problem of population increase causing pressure on housing rather than just saying build build build. Also we need to end the modern practice of builders building huge ugly boxes with no gardens which overlook each other in order to maximise profits rather than a proper house with a garden and some privacy. Mark Goacher
  • Score: 8

1:40pm Thu 1 May 14

wormshero says...

Colonel Kurtz wrote:
wormshero wrote:
Colonel Kurtz wrote:
CBC mindset....

Must build new housing estates.. must keep building.. must keep receiving brown envelopes... no new roads or schools... fastest growing town in Britain...more developments.. more brown envelopes.. yum yum yum
As someone who despite having a well paid job and savings can't get into the property ladder because demand is far, far, far higher than supply, yes, we need more houses! The population is expanding quickly and people are living longer, there isn't enough houses for everyone.
The reason is simple. Mass immigration has created demand greater than supply
Except mass immigration is practically a myth; non-British born numbers are a tiny percentage. It is simple though: people live longer and more people are (or were, recently this has slowed down) having children. Either way though, the solution is to build more. Even if you stopped immigration, the difference would be tiny and we still don't have enough houses.
[quote][p][bold]Colonel Kurtz[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]wormshero[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Colonel Kurtz[/bold] wrote: CBC mindset.... Must build new housing estates.. must keep building.. must keep receiving brown envelopes... no new roads or schools... fastest growing town in Britain...more developments.. more brown envelopes.. yum yum yum[/p][/quote]As someone who despite having a well paid job and savings can't get into the property ladder because demand is far, far, far higher than supply, yes, we need more houses! The population is expanding quickly and people are living longer, there isn't enough houses for everyone.[/p][/quote]The reason is simple. Mass immigration has created demand greater than supply[/p][/quote]Except mass immigration is practically a myth; non-British born numbers are a tiny percentage. It is simple though: people live longer and more people are (or were, recently this has slowed down) having children. Either way though, the solution is to build more. Even if you stopped immigration, the difference would be tiny and we still don't have enough houses. wormshero
  • Score: 5

2:06pm Thu 1 May 14

Colonel Kurtz says...

wormshero wrote:
Colonel Kurtz wrote:
wormshero wrote:
Colonel Kurtz wrote:
CBC mindset....

Must build new housing estates.. must keep building.. must keep receiving brown envelopes... no new roads or schools... fastest growing town in Britain...more developments.. more brown envelopes.. yum yum yum
As someone who despite having a well paid job and savings can't get into the property ladder because demand is far, far, far higher than supply, yes, we need more houses! The population is expanding quickly and people are living longer, there isn't enough houses for everyone.
The reason is simple. Mass immigration has created demand greater than supply
Except mass immigration is practically a myth; non-British born numbers are a tiny percentage. It is simple though: people live longer and more people are (or were, recently this has slowed down) having children. Either way though, the solution is to build more. Even if you stopped immigration, the difference would be tiny and we still don't have enough houses.
With net immigration going up 250,000 per year yes of course its going to have a large effect on the housing market. A city the size of Birmingham will have to be created every 4 years to accommodate them. Colchester the fastest growing towns in the UK with its links to London and relatively cheap housing are of course going to be effected.
[quote][p][bold]wormshero[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Colonel Kurtz[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]wormshero[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Colonel Kurtz[/bold] wrote: CBC mindset.... Must build new housing estates.. must keep building.. must keep receiving brown envelopes... no new roads or schools... fastest growing town in Britain...more developments.. more brown envelopes.. yum yum yum[/p][/quote]As someone who despite having a well paid job and savings can't get into the property ladder because demand is far, far, far higher than supply, yes, we need more houses! The population is expanding quickly and people are living longer, there isn't enough houses for everyone.[/p][/quote]The reason is simple. Mass immigration has created demand greater than supply[/p][/quote]Except mass immigration is practically a myth; non-British born numbers are a tiny percentage. It is simple though: people live longer and more people are (or were, recently this has slowed down) having children. Either way though, the solution is to build more. Even if you stopped immigration, the difference would be tiny and we still don't have enough houses.[/p][/quote]With net immigration going up 250,000 per year yes of course its going to have a large effect on the housing market. A city the size of Birmingham will have to be created every 4 years to accommodate them. Colchester the fastest growing towns in the UK with its links to London and relatively cheap housing are of course going to be effected. Colonel Kurtz
  • Score: -1

2:07pm Thu 1 May 14

Mark Goacher says...

wormshero wrote:
Colonel Kurtz wrote:
wormshero wrote:
Colonel Kurtz wrote:
CBC mindset....

Must build new housing estates.. must keep building.. must keep receiving brown envelopes... no new roads or schools... fastest growing town in Britain...more developments.. more brown envelopes.. yum yum yum
As someone who despite having a well paid job and savings can't get into the property ladder because demand is far, far, far higher than supply, yes, we need more houses! The population is expanding quickly and people are living longer, there isn't enough houses for everyone.
The reason is simple. Mass immigration has created demand greater than supply
Except mass immigration is practically a myth; non-British born numbers are a tiny percentage. It is simple though: people live longer and more people are (or were, recently this has slowed down) having children. Either way though, the solution is to build more. Even if you stopped immigration, the difference would be tiny and we still don't have enough houses.
According to the Oxford University Migration Observatory group:

"More than half (54%) of the increase of the UK population between 1991 and 2012 was due to the direct contribution of net migration."

The solution is not to build, build, build as the countryside is too important for that. Some new housing can be built on brownfield sites but there also have to be measures to reduce the rate of population growth.
[quote][p][bold]wormshero[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Colonel Kurtz[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]wormshero[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Colonel Kurtz[/bold] wrote: CBC mindset.... Must build new housing estates.. must keep building.. must keep receiving brown envelopes... no new roads or schools... fastest growing town in Britain...more developments.. more brown envelopes.. yum yum yum[/p][/quote]As someone who despite having a well paid job and savings can't get into the property ladder because demand is far, far, far higher than supply, yes, we need more houses! The population is expanding quickly and people are living longer, there isn't enough houses for everyone.[/p][/quote]The reason is simple. Mass immigration has created demand greater than supply[/p][/quote]Except mass immigration is practically a myth; non-British born numbers are a tiny percentage. It is simple though: people live longer and more people are (or were, recently this has slowed down) having children. Either way though, the solution is to build more. Even if you stopped immigration, the difference would be tiny and we still don't have enough houses.[/p][/quote]According to the Oxford University Migration Observatory group: "More than half (54%) of the increase of the UK population between 1991 and 2012 was due to the direct contribution of net migration." The solution is not to build, build, build as the countryside is too important for that. Some new housing can be built on brownfield sites but there also have to be measures to reduce the rate of population growth. Mark Goacher
  • Score: 3

9:58am Fri 2 May 14

Catchedicam says...

Colonel Kurtz wrote:
wormshero wrote:
Colonel Kurtz wrote:
CBC mindset....

Must build new housing estates.. must keep building.. must keep receiving brown envelopes... no new roads or schools... fastest growing town in Britain...more developments.. more brown envelopes.. yum yum yum
As someone who despite having a well paid job and savings can't get into the property ladder because demand is far, far, far higher than supply, yes, we need more houses! The population is expanding quickly and people are living longer, there isn't enough houses for everyone.
The reason is simple. Mass immigration has created demand greater than supply
The reason is simple, the tories sold off the affordable housing and did not replace it. Private house builders will only build enough to meet market demand for those who can afford to buy. Nothing whatsoever to do with immigration.
[quote][p][bold]Colonel Kurtz[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]wormshero[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Colonel Kurtz[/bold] wrote: CBC mindset.... Must build new housing estates.. must keep building.. must keep receiving brown envelopes... no new roads or schools... fastest growing town in Britain...more developments.. more brown envelopes.. yum yum yum[/p][/quote]As someone who despite having a well paid job and savings can't get into the property ladder because demand is far, far, far higher than supply, yes, we need more houses! The population is expanding quickly and people are living longer, there isn't enough houses for everyone.[/p][/quote]The reason is simple. Mass immigration has created demand greater than supply[/p][/quote]The reason is simple, the tories sold off the affordable housing and did not replace it. Private house builders will only build enough to meet market demand for those who can afford to buy. Nothing whatsoever to do with immigration. Catchedicam
  • Score: 0

10:40am Fri 2 May 14

Colonel Kurtz says...

Catchedicam wrote:
Colonel Kurtz wrote:
wormshero wrote:
Colonel Kurtz wrote:
CBC mindset....

Must build new housing estates.. must keep building.. must keep receiving brown envelopes... no new roads or schools... fastest growing town in Britain...more developments.. more brown envelopes.. yum yum yum
As someone who despite having a well paid job and savings can't get into the property ladder because demand is far, far, far higher than supply, yes, we need more houses! The population is expanding quickly and people are living longer, there isn't enough houses for everyone.
The reason is simple. Mass immigration has created demand greater than supply
The reason is simple, the tories sold off the affordable housing and did not replace it. Private house builders will only build enough to meet market demand for those who can afford to buy. Nothing whatsoever to do with immigration.
If we need to build cities the size of Birmingham every 4 years to house new immigrants (as per official government data) I would be a bit silly to say its nothing to do with immigration.
[quote][p][bold]Catchedicam[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Colonel Kurtz[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]wormshero[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Colonel Kurtz[/bold] wrote: CBC mindset.... Must build new housing estates.. must keep building.. must keep receiving brown envelopes... no new roads or schools... fastest growing town in Britain...more developments.. more brown envelopes.. yum yum yum[/p][/quote]As someone who despite having a well paid job and savings can't get into the property ladder because demand is far, far, far higher than supply, yes, we need more houses! The population is expanding quickly and people are living longer, there isn't enough houses for everyone.[/p][/quote]The reason is simple. Mass immigration has created demand greater than supply[/p][/quote]The reason is simple, the tories sold off the affordable housing and did not replace it. Private house builders will only build enough to meet market demand for those who can afford to buy. Nothing whatsoever to do with immigration.[/p][/quote]If we need to build cities the size of Birmingham every 4 years to house new immigrants (as per official government data) I would be a bit silly to say its nothing to do with immigration. Colonel Kurtz
  • Score: -1

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