As local residents, we lost the argument several years ago over the two new housing estates proposed for Worts’ Causeway. They were – and remain – the wrong idea in the wrong place. Since then, it’s been a case of trying to mitigate this inappropriate piece of planning, which threatens to create a chaotic traffic spot on the A1307, make quiet streets like Field Way into major cycling and pedestrian thoroughfares, and inevitably change the character of Worts’ Causeway forever.
The two estates have been given to separate developers, which conveniently makes them look smaller individually and enables the amenities required to be minimised. Both developers published their initial proposals earlier this year, and now the group behind the estate between Worts’ Causeway and Beaumont Road (‘GB1’ or ‘Netherhall Farm’) has submitted its first update. This claims to be taking into account the objections raised by the public, but adds in aspects such as a widening of the road which will inevitably increase speeds.
I’d urge you to have a read, and to start a conversation below. Here’s what to do…
- If you would like some background on the whole project, I wrote some thoughts earlier in the year here which you may want to read. Don’t worry, this page will still be here when you come back.
- If you didn’t read it back in April, you may want to look at the main design document for the development, which can be found here. I made a copy for you because the council planning system’s website is so awful it’s often impossible to reach.
- Read the brand new, 20-page “Design Addendum” document here. Again, I’ve made a copy for you.
- Let me and other residents have your thoughts and observations in the comments below.
- Respond to the council formally here. Keep trying if the site is having one of its slow days. Click ‘Comments’ to read what others have said.
The full documentation for the project (20/01972/OUT) can be found on the council planning system here.
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