Issued: December 8, 2016
North Weald Bassett Parish Council brands Draft Local Plan housing proposals for Parish"excessive" and "simply unacceptable"
The amount of new housing proposed for the North Weald Bassett Parish - North Weald Village, Thornwood and Hastingwood - is "excessive" and "simply unacceptable", the parish council has said.
Some 24.29 per cent of the proposed housing allocation for the Epping Forest district, detailed in the Draft Local Plan, would be within the North Weald Bassett parish.
The parish council, in its response to Epping Forest District Council, adds that such an amount does not reflect the wishes of the district's residents that the new housing should be distributed proportionally across the district.
The parish council has said it would support the proposed development around Harlow, although it has concerns about building on agricultural land, provided a new Junction 7A on the M11 is approved, improvements are made to the existing Junction 7 at Hastingwood and that no development takes place until all sufficient infrastructure is in place.
The council adds that the 1,580 new homes proposed for North Weald Village would no longer mean North Weald remaining as a 'village'.
Quoting figures from the 2011 Census, the parish council states that the additional number of homes would be a 78 per cent increase in the number of dwellings for North Weald Village, and an additional 80.14 per cent in residents.
The council's response states: "The parish council argues that this is not 'place shaping' but 'place changing'... An 80 per cent increase in residents for a village will inevitably change the village to such a degree that individuals may no longer identify with the village, often resulting in people preferring to move due to this change."
The parish council states that while it understands the pressure Epping Forest District Council is under to deliver a "sound plan" it believes the level of development proposed is "simply unacceptable".