To: UTTLESFORD DISTRICT COUNCIL

ENOUGH IS ENOUGH: Save Takeley and the surrounding villages from further housing development.

Refuse the Bonnington Green application, (Reference: UTT/16/3565/OP), for 275 homes. To refuse further development sites in Takeley and any sites south of the Flitch Way and exclude them from the Uttlesford Draft Local Plan in order to protect Takeley from over development and the threat of large scale development to the rural communities south of the Flitch Way.

Why is this important?

This is a joint campaign by the Parish Councils of Takeley, Hatfield Broad Oak and Great Canfield who have now joined forces with Takeley Park Residents' Association to protect our historic communities from becoming urban housing estates. South Uttlesford cannot take any more development as the infrastructure is unable to cope with the extremely high volume of traffic we see now.
Since 2001 Takeley has had an unprecedented house building programme, growing by over 120% with no improvement to the village infrastructure or amenities.
The addition of 275 homes in the Bonnington Green proposal would cause considerable harm to the village and set a precedent for development south of the Flitch Way which to date has provided a natural boundary between Takeley and the villages to the south. Allowing this application south of the Flitch Way will open the countryside to more development. Furthermore the infrastructure including the Highway network, B1256/B183 junction, M11 junction 8, are already traffic bottlenecks and further development will exacerbate the problem. Protecting Hatfield Forest, a Site of Special Scientific Interest which is being harmed by the growth of housing and the increase in footfall, particularly accessing by the Flitch Way is also important, not only for wildlife conservation but to ensure that the site can be enjoyed for future generations.

Takeley

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Reasons for signing

  • I moved here 12 years ago for a better life in a country village with my husband and family and since we have been here all they have done is build around me. Gone is the village and rural community, schools, roads and facilities are bursting at the seams. They built the A120 to take the traffic of the Dunmow Road and now the traffic here is unbelievable. They cannot keep building the roads cannot take the traffic and I am sick of the road works as well.
  • There is no need for more full priced unaffordable buy to let.The village& wildlife needs time to readjust to the already huge developments it has undergone in the past 10 years Flitch Way and Hatfield forest are part of a jigsaw that local wildlife needs, to take out part of that jigsaw will see the biodiversity of both sites plummet. Not to mention the environmental impact of removing trees and shrubbery which prevent flooding and provide clean air with more concrete and polluting cars.
  • I see the beautiful wildlife everyday. Where would they go. They also plan to build 1700 houses surrounding priors green. The noise, pollution, traffic congestion, state of the roads with major pot holes. This will no longer be a village. It will become a town. How terrible.

Updates

2017-05-31 15:35:13 +0100

100 signatures reached

2017-05-30 23:18:44 +0100

50 signatures reached

2017-05-29 19:31:57 +0100

25 signatures reached

2017-05-27 21:42:42 +0100

10 signatures reached