July Snapshot

Community Questions – New Developments in Myland.

New to the area? Just moved to the Chesterwell, Severalls or other developments? Or just wanting to know more about new developments and the future of north Colchester?

Here’s the MCC Top 5 — our ‘snapshot’ as of July 2017! Updates will follow!

Q1. How many new homes will be built? When and where?

A1. This will depend on planning consents, builder progress and the housing market – so it is difficult to say with precision! But what we know suggests an extra 1500 homes at Chesterwell and 700 at Severalls and some 300 off Mill Road at the site of the Rugby Club. Chesterwell and Severalls are underway, building will continue for many years, up towards the A12 and in an arc below it towards Colchester North Station.

Q2. Will the local traffic infrastructure be enough?

A2. The Northern Approach Road has been very helpful but we share concerns about the impacts on other local roads. Traffic light ‘phasing’ will be monitored and adjusted by Essex County Council as needed to cope with changing volumes. And there is a recognition that North Station traffic management needs investment — but when is not yet known. There will not be any light railway or new means to travel! But bus services will be extended and there will be cycle and footpaths from the new housing down towards North Station and towards Colchester centre.

Q3. Will there be shops and facilities on the new developments?

A3. Yes! How many and what is not yet known, but we expect from outline plans local shops and supermarkets. From past consultation locally MCC hopes this would include coffee shops, a GP surgery and so on, perhaps a pub! but we await the details. There will be new community centres, on Severalls and Chesterwell, the trigger points being progress on the developments, so our best guess now is perhaps 5 years away or 2022 or so.

Q4. What about green space?

A4. An additional parcel of nearby land will be allocated by extension of the current Fords Lane recreation grounds in Mile End. This will house one of the new community centres and could include new sports facilities and or open space on which MCC will seek local views. Chesterwell Wood will be retained as part of a wider park extending to the A12. Some 4.5 hectares of land at the Mill Road Rugby grounds will be kept as open space (village green) which is 11-12 acres. The new developments will also retain some ‘green’ areas as with the grassy paths and meadow grass and flowers by Fords Lane and some fine old trees as on the Bloor developments.

Q5. What is the MCC role? How can they help as north Colchester develops?

A5. MCC will help ensure Colchester Borough Council and Essex County Council know what the local community needs. In partnership with them and by engagement with the developers we hope to make the most of what we have and will see develop. We will equip the new community centres and related facilities. We will make community improvements wherever we can, on which we will consult. And we will share what we know when we can, as a community and information hub for others.

For more information contact the Clerk , Council Chair or other councillors and, as MCC lead on communications, please come back and tell me how helpful this was – and what else would be useful!

Cllr David King

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