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Plans put forward for 4,000 homes at Langham

PUBLISHED: 17:27 16 March 2015 | UPDATED: 17:27 16 March 2015

Colchester town hall will now need to assess the proposals.

Colchester town hall will now need to assess the proposals.

Proposals have been put forward for 4,000 homes and a new primary school at a north Essex village.

Plans for the new garden village site to the south of Langham, submitted to Colchester Borough Council (CBC), also include two business parks and the creation of a new country park.

Edward Gittens & Associates, based in Sudbury, has put the site forward to CBC as part of the authority’s call for sites in the Local Plan process.

During the appeal it asks people for suggestions of where development could take place, and all of the sites put forward will now be analysed for their suitability.

The Langham plans include expanding the existing Lodge Lane Business Park, which already has super-fast broadband, to create a technology park and a 174 acre country park would link up and protect the Salary Brook valley.

CBC had proposed as one its three main options a 3,000 homes urban extension to north Colchester, towards the villages of Boxted and Great Horkesley.

But Edward Gittens & Associates believes its plans for Langham would be more sustainable, with access to the A12 and the existing business parks.

It has also been suggested power for the development could potentially be taken from a solar farm which already has planning permission on Boxted Airfield in Langham.

The creation of a country park would also protect the green gap between the village and Colchester.

It says the proposals could be an alternative to the north Colchester extension or another of CBC’s options, a garden village towards the border with Braintree district.

In a statement Edward Gittens & Associates said: “The garden village concept enables real communities to be planned which are more self-contained and self-sufficient than existing villages and suburbs.

“The proposed Langham Garden Village would make a major contribution to Colchester’s future housing and employment needs, whilst at the same time creating a country park.

“The Langham Garden Village site is unique in terms of its accessibility and its ability to promote public transport links and deliver infrastructure, employment and green space.

“We appreciate such large scale schemes affect local people greatly but at the same time the needs of those who require housing must now be given very high priority. Providing for future housing in sustainable new communities and neighbourhoods must be the right way forward.”

Tony Ellis, chairman of the planning committee at Langham Parish Council, said: “The village backs onto the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and this represents urbanisation of the whole area virtually up to the Dedham Vale.

“Once you are north of the A12 everything is up for grabs in planning terms. This is more and more urban sprawl.

“4,000 homes would be at least 8,000 people, and there are only about 1,000 in Langham at the moment.

“North Colchester is over-developed anyway and it would be totally unsustainable.

“We shall be meeting to discuss our response to this, but this is only the start of the process.”

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