Hands Off Wivenhoe has two main goals as detailed below. Each goal has several key aspects. To view further details of these goals or aspects just click on them.
The key aspects of this goal are:
The Issues & Options consultation report states that the upper target of 9,000 homes will be needed to support the desired level of infrastructure and that this will require residential development south of the A133.
Any housing on the green buffer south of Boundary Road is not acceptable. Refer to the second goal below.
The other area of land in question is the triangular-shaped piece between the A133, B1028, B1027 and Elmstead Road. Part of this has been designated for University expansion and a Park & Ride. We object to developing this land because at best it will destroy the pleasant entrance into Wivenhoe from the A133, and at worst it will increase pressure to re-route the B1028 in order to give the University contiguous expansion land.
This is common sense, it will make the Garden Community centre infrastructure easy to access for all residents and will help to build a sense of community.
If the development is divided into two neighbourhoods (which we think is probably a bad idea), then each neighbourhood should have a centre at or near to its physical centre.
A belt of trees and shrubs along the north side of the A133 is required to screen the development from the view of people driving along the A133. The existing trees and shrubs should be retained and new ones planted where necessary.
The existing minor roads should be used for access to the development.
The green buffer is the area marked with crosses on the map below.
The key aspects of this goal are:
Any housing on the green buffer south of Boundary Road would be visible from north Wivenhoe and would effectively destroy the separation that it currently enjoys.
We are also concerned that even a small-scale development would set a precedent, with the inevitable consequence of further large-scale development following.
The University states it needs more land outside of its existing campus area to cope with long-term expansion plans. This will be for academic buildings, student accommodation and recreational space.
Under present Garden Community proposals, land for University expansion has been allocated south of the A133, between the B1027 Brightlingsea Road and to the east of the B1028 Colchester Road.
Developments there will be visible from north Wivenhoe and would effectively destroy the separation that it currently enjoys.
We recognise land should be allocated for long-term University expansion, but this land should be on the north side of the A133 much closer to the existing campus area.
We are not convinced that a new road between the A133 and B1028 is needed. The existing roads are adequate for the current and foreseeable traffic levels to/from the University and Wivenhoe.
Similarly, we are not convinced that the Rapid Transit route needs to cross the green buffer. Given that the Rapid Transit will be a bus, we seen no reason why the buses cannot travel a short distance along the A133 to the B1028 junction and then along the B1028 to Boundary Road.
We favour putting the land into some form of trust so that it is no longer under the control of the council(s) or NEGC Ltd, or at least have it zoned as Open Space where it will have some level of protection from future development.
The purpose of these goals is to protect the unique identity and character of Wivenhoe and prevent it being absorbed into Colchester.
Hands Off Wivenhoe will lobby the local councils and North Essex Garden Communities Ltd to achieve these goals.
Wivenhoe is special and we all want to keep it that way!