Why build here?

PUBLISHED: 13:52 03 July 2008 | UPDATED: 21:31 31 May 2010

It would seem Elsenham is shortlisted for one of the new Eco-towns, with up to 15000, yes three zeros, dwellings. Such (over) development will have a devastating effect on the whole area. The stresses on the infrastructure will be enormous. This region

It would seem Elsenham is shortlisted for one of the new Eco-towns, with up to 15000, yes three zeros, dwellings.

Such (over) development will have a devastating effect on the whole area. The stresses on the infrastructure will be enormous. This region is already prone to water shortage, to say nothing of the air quality, background lighting, if Essex allows,

and traffic.

Why this amount of development in the South East? I do not understand the logic of destroying thousands of acres of good arable land when other parts of the country are suffering post (heavy) industrial dereliction.

We should not ignore the potential loss of land to the south east, Essex in particular, as sea levels rise.

Our existing town centres and infrastructure are already at saturation point. For three let alone 10 to 15 thousand dwellings, Uttlesford, indeed East Anglia, is the wrong place.

Why Elsenham? The developers Fairview already 'have control' (whatever that means) of at least one site, from the railway line, up to Henham and down to the Elsenham/Thaxted road. At present this site appears 'landlocked within minor roads, cut off by a second runway and the restrictions of Stansted Village'. These objections disappear when looking at the siting of the proposed new access road to an expanded airport and it becomes obvious how easy it will be to link an enlarged Elsenham to the new M11. The outlook for Uttlesford remaining a rural area is not good.

Colin R Gil, Birdbush Avenue, Saffron Walden


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