More housing for our village?

Our Village Design Statement (VDS) was published over 5 years ago, and following the results of a questionnaire distributed to all residents, the Parish Council adopted a policy to resist all development outside the village envelope.

The VDS included this definition… “Most of the residential core of the village is covered by the Village Envelope. This was defined by Braintree District Council in 1985 as the area within which development is accepted. Outside the envelope, development is not permitted except in certain defined circumstances. The purpose of this is to prevent encroachment of the village onto open countryside.”

As we are all aware, national planning policy has changed considerably since that time, with the country under pressure to provide more homes for our expanding population. Sadly, we are not immune from this in White Colne. Our village population is growing older, with very little hope that our young people will ever be able to afford a house here. Do we stand firm and refuse to change our policy, or should we look again? BDC has once again identified the area adjacent to Chalkney Chase as a possible site for housing and our district councillors have suggested that a restriction for only starter units may be able to be placed on a site. We have heard that other villages are suggesting this compromise too.

We need to receive your comments on issues such as these:-

Should we allow housing outside the development line?

Once we open the village envelope will we set a precedent for even more housing?

Are we confident that we can control urban sprawl and only affordable homes will be built?

Should our housing stock be improved with more starter/smaller homes to give our young people a chance?

You can register your thoughts and comments by  scrolling down and using the comments box. If you wish for your comment to be confidential then please state this at the beginning and it will not be posted on this web site by the moderator.

Alternatively, please attend our next Council meeting and make your thoughts known, or contact any Councillor. We need your input. Please take the time to register your opinion, as the Parish Council will always strive to represent the majority decision

6 thoughts on “More housing for our village?

  • January 11, 2016 at 6:31 pm
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    I think we should look again , we need young blood in the area, introducing more starter /smaller homes but at the same time we must have some degree of control and say otherwise as the article states building could get out of hand. The aim is to get the young on the ladder and not for a developer/builder to make a profit at whatever cost.

  • January 11, 2016 at 7:21 pm
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    Thank you John for taking the time to register your thoughts. The Council will take all comments on board, which will greatly assist our discussion at the PC meeting next week.

  • January 16, 2016 at 4:09 pm
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    I agree that we are in need of additional housing that is affordable and suitable for younger families. I also think it would be better to be proactive in this rather than having an unsuitable scheme forced on our village by higher powers. I would like to see something that compliments the character of our village and to this end I feel that it makes sense to continue the linear development along the south side of Colchester Road on the land to West of Chalkney Chase. This is clearly defined area and ideal access onto Colchester Road.
    While the Parish Council are reviewing the village envelope I would like to request a revision to the existing envelope to the south of my property, 64 Colchester Road. The plan shows that the envelope deviates from its straight at the boundary of my property to a point actually within my house before turning back resume a line similar to its original course. I would propose that the envelope here should be a straight line from its current position at the rear of 60 Colchester Road to its current position at the rear of River House, 78 Colchester Road.

    • January 18, 2016 at 9:37 am
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      Thank you Kevin for your comments. I shall report these to the Council at our meeting tomorrow evening, and revert with any info.

  • January 18, 2016 at 6:11 pm
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    There is clearly a need for more housing of all types in White Colne, Braintree District and the country as a whole.

    We feel that applications to build should be considered on their individual merits taking into account the impact of the proposal on parishioners, other interested parties and the wider environment. Historic lines on a map are not necessarily helpful in deciding this.

    Having said this if the Parish Council are to consider altering the Village envelope it would seem that a natural boundary to the East (on the South side of the A1124) would be to extend it to the site of Colne Commercials. We would be supportive of such an extension.

    We would like to point out that it is likely that we will be submitting a planning application to self-build a new family home for us to live in to replace our barn adjacent to our house in the next year and therefore have had reason to give considerable thought to this matter.

    • January 18, 2016 at 9:26 pm
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      Thank you Sarah and Mark for your comments. As in my replies to previous comments,I can confirm that your thoughts will be reported to the Council tomorrow.
      A short report highlighting the main points of the meeting will be posted on the web site as soon as possible.

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