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Boxted homes plans concern
CONCERNS have been raised that plans to build 45 homes in Boxted will turn the village into an extension of Colchester.
Villagers also fear the development at Hill Farm would add too much traffic to roads, swamp the neighbouring primary school and there are not enough local amenities to support it.
The development plans have been submitted to Colchester Council by Thomas Bates and Son, who had originally wanted to build a business park at the 4.5-acre site.
But bosses said the growth of Colchester’s out-of-town business parks has led to those plans being scrapped in favour of housing.
Objections have been registered on the council’s website.
Andy Day, of Straight Road, Boxted, said: “It is not appropriate for a rural setting. Colchester town's creep into the countryside is not appropriate and not in the long term interests of rural communities and the wider area. “
Sally North, of Cage Lane, Boxted, said: “The density of the homes on the proposal means the development would look like the housing estates in Colchester, where all the properties are crammed together with very small gardens, very unlike the local properties which are well spaced with larger gardens."
Roger Goodland, managing director of Thomas Bates and Son, said: “We have advertised that site now for five years and haven’t had any enquiries for commercial or industrial units. I know some have said it would be more suitable for small units but our experience is no one wants to be out there.”
If the application is approved by Colchester Council on October 28, the company will sell the site to a developer.
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