A fair deal for Sutton Courtenay, Online Petition

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We, the undersigned request a fair deal for Sutton Courtenay and for Sutton Courtenay to be treated as a special case in planning terms due to the cumulative impact of development.

Sutton Courtenay is unique in facing the cumulative impact of a wide range of industrial and housing developments on a woefully inadequate sewerage and highways infrastructure and traffic gridlocked by the narrow bridge over the River Thames. To its east are gravel pits and aggregate plants, an extensive landfill site with a large Material Recovery Facility and a composting site which regularly emits noxious odours. To its south there is to be a giant warehouse, which with the considerable extension of Milton Park, albeit under the welcome Science Vale initiative, will put even greater pressure on the inadequate infrastructure.

In addition, at the last count there is – approved or in the pipeline – a grand total of 1168 new dwellings, doubling the size of the village despite the above pressures. Moreover, one of the proposed development is adjacent to uncapped and unlined landfill cells, with potentially toxic contents, methane gas in evidence, with high ground water levels in an area which floods regularly, severe odour problems and with dangerously inadequate access.

Faced with these cumulative impacts Sutton Courtenay requests that it is considered as special case in planning decisions, and that:

1. ENVIRONMENTAL AND CUMULATIVE IMPACT ASSESSMENTS ARE CARRIED OUT ON ALL CURRENT AND FUTURE SC APPLICATIONS
To ensure cumulative impact considerations are fully addressed by officers and the planning committee.

2. THE VALE FULLY ADDRESSES INDEPENDENT EXPERT ADVICE AND RECOMMENDATIONS
Especially where such advice conflicts with that of statutory consultees and/or the advice given by developer appointed experts.

3. THE REDROW/HOBBYHORSE LANE APPLICATION IS DEFERRED
Until all issues raised by residents and their independent experts have been satisfactorily resolved, the EA and OCC have responded in full and that a review is completed of the risk assessment undertaken in deciding that this was to be a Strategic Site, despite the above risks.

4. PRIORITY IS GIVEN TO SCIENCE VALE UK APPLICATIONS
Over warehousing and applications involving large numbers of low wage jobs.

5. MORE NEW HOMES BONUS IS DIRECTED TO SUTTON COURTENAY AND ITS INFRASTRUCTURE
To compensate for all that has been and will be earned by VWHDC from SC applications

6. THE SUTTON COURTENAY PC AND NDP ARE INVOLVED IN ALL STRATEGIC DISCUSSIONS AFFECTING THE PARISH

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