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BMSDC Joint Local Plan Preferred Options (interactive)

Representation ID: 16236

Received: 29/07/2019

Respondent: Mendlesham Parish Council

Representation:

The proposed boundary includes the Mendlesham Green Playingfield, a designated important open site within our adopted Neighbourhood Plan. We have asked for this to be excluded from the boundary, to provide as much protection for this important amenity as possible.

We asked for the settlement boundary to be extended to incorporate land from the junction towards the small collection of properties including Shingle House to provide the possibility in the future for a small number of dwellings. Whilst currently designated allotment land, this is land owned by Mendlesham Parish Council.

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Thank you for the opportunity for Mendlesham representatives to attend the planned
meetings for Neighbourhood Plan Group Briefings and Town and Parish Meetings. We
have confirmed those attending on behalf of Mendlesham and when, by separate email.
We appreciate further information will be forthcoming at these meetings and will then
provide consultee responses regarding the overall draft local plan content before 30th
September.
However, we are extremely disappointed and want to bring to your attention at the earliest
opportunity, that the individual maps/information for both Mendlesham Green and
Mendlesham do not appear to take into account any of the information shared with
different MSDC Officers / Departments over the past couple of years, regarding our local
proposals for the future development of Mendlesham Parish.
Mendlesham Green:
We understand that MSDC Cllr Andrew Stringer will have already reported our two issues
with the proposed settlement boundary for Mendlesham Green as follows:
1. The proposed boundary includes the Mendlesham Green Playingfield, a designated
important open site within our adopted Neighbourhood Plan. We have asked for
this to be excluded from the boundary, to provide as much protection for this
important amenity as possible.
2. We asked for the settlement boundary to be extended to incorporate land from the
junction (known locally as Scout Hut, although currently there is no building on the
site) towards the small collection of properties including Shingle House to provide
the possibility in the future for a small number of dwellings. Whilst currently
designated allotment land, this is land owned by Mendlesham Parish Council.
Whilst at a very early stage, Mendlesham is in the process of forming a Community
Land Trust to provide the legal entity to take forward opportunities for local
community housing in the Parish, including potentially this site at Mendlesham
Green. This settlement boundary extension would provide for this and also fit with
the new designation of Mendlesham Green as a hamlet, thus being able to provide
small numbers of housing towards the District targets.
Mendlesham:
There has been a wealth of communication with MSDC from individual residents, our
Neighbourhood Plan Group and Parish Council regarding future development for
Mendlesham. We are not against development, being extremely proactive and open to
future growth. However growth needs to be sustainable, in the correct location and allow
the infrastructure time to adjust to increasing demand.
We do understand that communication between different officers and departments may
not be have been efficient or even part of the process for producing the Draft Local Plan
for Mendlesham, so would ask again for the following consideration:
Site allocation:
LA 074: This site is currently the subject of an undetermined planning application for 63
dwellings DC/19/00959. Please also remember that the site opposite LA 074, known as
Old Engine Meadow is already under development for 28 dwellings (see DC/18/05517).
LA 073: This site is also the subject of an undetermined planning application
DC /18/03147 for 28 dwellings although the proposed site layout has changed. Originally
it included the area next to Elms Farmhouse and opposite the Station Fields development.
The draft plan now no longer includes this area. If this is not a suitable area proposed for
development, why is it included within the proposed settlement boundary?
If you review the consultee comments for both planning applications you will appreciate
the strength of concerns and local stance about the next stage of development for
Mendlesham.
We appreciate that both LA 074 and LA 073 have challenges regarding flooding.
However, we would ask that Mendlesham’s future development should be concentrated
by extending LA 073 and not including LA 074. We understand that as part of the land bid
process, the owners of LA 073 submitted the entire field, not just the area you are
proposing. We believe the area you propose would be restricted for housing numbers due
to the proximity of the Anglian Water Pumping Station and associated underground
infrastructure? However there is plenty of room for LA 073 to extend and provide, with
good negotiation and planning, a site for the future development of Mendlesham, with
improved infrastructure, mitigating existing and anticipated concerns, in accordance with
our Neighbourhood Plan work and the wishes of local residents.
We have a wealth of evidence to support this proposal, further to local consultations,
reports obtained and, imminently, from our Revised Neighbourhood Plan.
Please can you consider these points and make the appropriate amendments or provide
your evidence for our consideration and understanding. We would welcome the
opportunity to meet and discuss any or all of the above points.
You may also need to review the narrative for Mendlesham re paragraph 17.76, page 250
of the draft plan. We understand Mendlesham Health Centre is not able to extend further
at its premises at Mendlesham, but would need to do so to accommodate growth not only
from Mendlesham, but also our neighbouring and growing parishes.

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