Chelmsford North Action Group (NAG)

Chelmsford to be engulfed by huge motorways connecting the Channel Ports, via a new Lower Thames Crossing, A130, on to Stansted, M11 and A14. The new A130 at Boreham, Essex Regiment Way and north will damage Lt Waltham, Boreham, Barnston, Ford End, Chatham Green. Lt. Waltham Outer M25 Action Group were criticised for warning about this in mid 2006. It will happen - official Essex and Kent County Council October 2006. And with 16,000 new homes coming to Chelmsford? Join the debate!

Saturday, January 13, 2007

Chelmsford NAG Public Meeting Jan 12th - Packed House - Standing Room only.

A packed Broomfield Community Centre on January 12th listened carefully to a presentation from Chelmsford NAG about potentially alarming and destructive housing and road plans for the north of Chelmsford.

NAG opposes the huge developments of 1,000 to 2,000 homes in Broomfield Parish. NAG opposes vast developments of up to 4,000 homes in what would become a 'Greater Beaulieu Park'.

The presentation explained that the A130/131 route options are part of the same issue and that only route Option D (Direct Boreham to Gt Leighs) makes sense. On cost grounds alone, it is nearly £100M cheaper than all other options.

NAG found overwhelming support for its goals:

1. No Chelmer Valley Link Road

2. Select Route/Corridor D for the A130/A131 upgrade Boreham to Gt Leighs. (With sensitive provisions for homes and farmers in the area)

3. No large development (1,000 to 2,000 homes per LDF) within Broomfield Parish.

4. Locate all 6,000 homes in the Boreham Airfield area with adequate protection for surrounding villages.

NAG Proposal:

NAG is also sure that Boreham Airfield which could accomodate well over 6,000 homes in a sustainable community should have been included in the first Local Development Framework (LDF) Consultation.

NAG are sure that Boreham Airfield, a 'brown-field' style site should be the place of development and must be designed in such a way as to preserve green areas between Boreham Village and Springfield. NAG have been told by professionals that such a plan is well developed. If implemented this could preserve for ever the green separation of Boreham & Springfield by the creation of country parks with trust status.

NAG Interests.

NAG is an entirely voluntary body and has not, nor will receive, financial support from any Developer or like body who may be involved in any of the plans discussed by NAG. We fund these events entirely from our own pockets.

We are committed to open and transparent information gathering and sharing based on logical and balanced considerations for the Community's sake alone. We have no party-political affiliations. We do not pretend to be right always: but we will do the best we can as vounteers who care about our area, our children and grandchildren and the heritage we leave to them.

Feedback that enriches our understanding and mutual support is welcomed.

We are grateful for members of the public who have pledged funds if needed for legal or other actions.


Anonymous RB211 said...

Many thanks for a very interesting and informative meeting in Broomfield. All the choices are unappealing, but at least we can ensure the decision-makers have to consider all the arguments. I think unfortunately Option D, with the development of Boreham airfield (with green wedges all round) is the least-worst option so far. But it's good to know the hospital doesn't need the Chelmer Valley Link!

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