WE NEED YOU TO TELL THEM WHAT YOU THINK
We have reached a crucial stage in our campaign against the Department of Communities and Local Government’s proposal to place an eco-town on the arable land between our villages of Elsenham and Henham.
Called ‘North East Elsenham’, it is still one of the remaining 11 in the D.C.L.G.’s country-wide list. In March we expect they will make a decision as to the identity and number of sites to go forward to the next stage of their plan. Currently, and particularly because of the prevailing economic climate, we do not know any more than that.
It is therefore very important that we keep up the pressure to convince them that Elsenham is a totally unsuitable location. So far, since our campaign started, responses from our villages and elsewhere to the previous 'consultations' have been brilliant and this success has been admitted by the D.C.L.G. and Uttlesford District Council respectively.
The current D.C.L.G. consultation has been extended until 30th April 2009 and stems from a 31 page report published by them on 4th November 2008 called, 'The Draft Planning Policy Statement - Eco-towns Consultation', (PPS). Click here to view.
According to the D.C.L.G (and these are their own words), this publication precisely defines:
They say -
“Eco-towns will be developments of a minimum of 5,000 homes - well linked to, but distinct from, existing settlements - that achieve the highest standards of environmental sustainability, including: employing renewable energy technologies, exceptionally high quality of environmental building design and excellent public transport “
They are therefore seeking your views on their PPS through a set of consultation questions which they have specified in the document. The first five questions relate to their report and the last, question six, specifically to each of the proposed sites still in the list at the time of publishing, (since reduced). Question 6(9) is Elsenham.
The reason that we have not asked you to respond until now is that we were waiting for two independent reports from leading consultants commissioned by us on your behalf.
Our five Parish Councils will individually reply in full to the D.C.L.G and these two reports will form the basis of the submissions.
Once again we are asking you to respond in great numbers to this third and hopefully last consultation. Each member of your household can contribute individually as can your friends and relatives no matter where they might live.
You can contribute by either:
We do not recommend you write a freehand letter as the D.C.L.G. are asking for responses to specific questions.
Whilst you may consider using your own judgement in answering the D.C.L.G questions, we ask that you be first guided by the consultant’s suggestions. (Click here to open the condensed version). They are suggesting a 'No' answer to most questions and give qualifying reasons for their opinions. When completing question 6(9), list brief bullet points, (again based on the consultant’s suggestions), so that they can be picked out easily by those entering them on the D.C.L.G. data base. Please try and use your own words. (Please also click here to view an important summary of outstanding Infrastructural Studies which will not be available before the consultation which you may like to comment on when answering 6(9).
As before, we would like to receive copies of your responses. Copy emails to firstname.lastname@example.org
This will not be possible with an on-line submission, unless you print out a spare hard copy. If you do, please send them to either:
Bill Bates at Stone Cottage, High Street, Henham CM22 6AS (if you live in Henham)
Chris Bush 2, Coriander Drive, Elsenham (if you live in Elsenham).
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