Threats to Residents
Threats to the residents
- The development proposed by Uttlesford and Braintree District Councils would ruin the character of a beautiful and natural part of our area. An area of dark night skies, and a rich habitat for all kinds of plants and wildlife.
- It would put 2,500 houses where presently acres of rich farmland produce crops.
- It would butt up to settlements like the Salings, Bardfields and Stebbing Green, obliterating their rural character.
- With a proposed 13,000 dwellings over time, a chain of urban blocks would be created from Braintree to Stansted, swallowing Dunmow in its path and further choking that town’s trade.
- With no rail links and infrequent bus services, the residents would rely on their cars to get about.
- This would not only create clouds of new greenhouse gases but also bring further gridlock to the A120 and other main roads, as well as Junction 8 of the M11 motorway.
- Andrewsfield airfield, a popular local rendezvous based on a flying club with 300 members and a well-regarded pilot training record, would sink beneath the asphalt. A loss of social amenity, and one that would permit jets from Stansted to fly even lower and even more noisily on the D04CLA (Clacton) noise preferred route.
- Boxted Wood, an ancient woodland first recorded in the 14th century, would be closely surrounded by thousands of houses, not only in Uttlesford District but even more heavily over the border in Braintree District.
- The winding lanes around the site would become even more congested, increasing the danger to walkers and cyclists.
- We and the local councils would be negligent in our duty to preserve a quality of life for future generations’?
- Uttlesford and Braintree Councils are keen to stress their ‘Duty to Cooperate’ but they neglect a higher duty – to provide the people who will live here with the best and most suitably located range of new dwellings’?
- The West of Braintree site is directly on the Stansted Airport NPR – Noise Preferred Route – via Clacton, which became the most used in Feb 2016 and will not be relieved for many years.