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?
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