Concerns over plans for 135 new homes in Mistley

Construction team reviewing blueprints together. Library image.

Construction team reviewing blueprints together. Library image. - Credit: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Residents have been objecting to plans for up to 135 new homes in Mistley.

Wellbeck Strategic Land has submitted proposals to Tendring District Council for the Heathlands development off of Harwich Road in the village, close to Heath Road.

The firm estimates the development will make an economic benefit for the area including an investment worth more than £30 million and the creation of 175 direct and 30 indirect construction jobs while the scheme is being built.

Four social rented homes and three intermediate properties are being put forward as part of the development plans, as well as allotments, while the main market housing would range from two- to five-bedroom homes – all no taller than two storeys.

The planning application has attracted a number of online opposition comments from nearby residents who are concerned at the impact the development will have on local roads, particularly the Manningtree railway crossing, doctors’ surgeries and schools, as well as at the loss of agricultural land.

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John Hawthorn, one of the objectors, said: “We strongly object to this proposal. Building on arable land should be avoided at all costs.

“Schools, doctors, highways and local amenities including rail facilities and supermarkets are already oversubscribed. The other developments approved or proposed for Manningtree and Lawford cannot sufficiently be accommodated let alone this additional burden on over-stretched resources.

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“The plans deliberately place allotments in front of the properties to try and appease residents. This will result in an eyesore of shabby sheds, pollution from bonfires and compost heaps resulting in health hazards and a breeding ground for vermin.”

A community engagement event was held by the developers and some changes were made to the proposals as a result, including reducing the number of houses and increasing the gap between the site and neighbouring homes.

The site is also deemed to be sustainable according to a report filed by the developer. Access to the site would be from Harwich Road.

If planning permission is granted the developer hopes construction would begin in late summer 2016, with first occupation of homes in early 2017 and the scheme completed by the end of 2019.

Wellbeck Strategic Land would bring in a regional or national firm to carry out construction.

The council is due to rule on the outline plans by the end of this year.

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