There are many detailed points below, including policy references to evidence the reason for objections related to your streets. Remember in your letter to include the council planning reference number and to state that you OBJECT to the planning proposal, otherwise your letter won’t be counted. You can use our template to help you to compose your letter (link).
The types of things that have been highlighted as material objections for your streets include:
- See the detailed ‘flood and drainage’ section, as this is of major importance for this estate, but i.e. Flood risk – the site has been cleared regardless of human risk or animal conservation by the current owners. On 23 December 2020 flooding waters poured into homes of the estate in Peck Way. We are concerned that flooding will increase due to landscape and drainage issues.
- More congestion to Higham Road, as this is the only way in and out of the estate for the extra 330 cars, service vehicles and trades people.
- The Rushden Traffic Survey (2014) advises against plans that make these recognised congestion problems worse, especially at the Washbrook Road signal point.
- Previous planning policies state John Clarke Way as the access point, (i.e. East Northamptonshire District Local Plan 1996 – Rushden Strategy Statement Policy RU3 (page 140); and Three Towns Plan (ENC), 2011) ;and Rushden Traffic Survey (2014).
- Overly dense development planning, which will increase noise and light pollution from the new estate.
- The new estate is proposed to be 100% social housing and very dense. These kinds of estates have been associated with higher crime rates and Central Government recommends a mix of housing now.
- Ecological damage to protected wildlife species. There should be green buffer zones (wildlide corridors) between Peck Way and the new estate for trees and wildlife, which would also buffer noise.
For more detailed material objections to include, see the sections in ‘News: Material Objections’ labelled ‘Highway Safety’, ‘Flooding and Drainage’, ‘Loss of Privacy’, ‘Environment and Biodiversity’, ‘Health’, ‘Children’ and ‘Safety and Crime’ (link). You can download the template letter to insert your objections using link above.