Latest news on the Angel Meadow Play Area refurbishment
If you are a regular visitor to Angel Meadow, you will know that the galleon climbing frame is starting to take shape. We think the contractor has underestimated the amount of room it will take, and we may have to give it more space by moving the fence a bit. Although this wasn’t planned, we can use it as an opportunity to reshape the area so everyone has more room to move. If we do have to enclose the path, the contractor will replace it with a nice new one. Access may be limited while the work goes on, but looking at the new play equipment, we know it will be worth it.
‘North of Woodhouse Lane’ Housing Development – Possible Increase in Housing!!
Chelmsford’s new Local Plan already says there will be a new housing development of around 450 dwellings north of Woodhouse Lane, between Broomfield Hospital and Little Waltham (see Google map below). A masterplan for the site was approved by the City Council last year.
We understand that a planning application has now been submitted by the developers, Bloor Homes, not for around 450 – but for up to 550 dwellings!! In addition, two smaller pieces of adjacent land are being put forward for development, meaning a total of 570 dwellings could be built in this part of Broomfield and Little Waltham.
Broomfield Parish Council opposed the original development, mainly on the grounds of the increase in traffic going through the village. Although we can’t stop the original development, as it has now been included in the approved Local Plan, we have lobbied hard to make it as acceptable as possible for the local community.
So we’re extremely disturbed to hear that the developers are now trying to squeeze in an extra 100 houses, as this will surely make the traffic even worse. Working with our friends and neighbours at Little Waltham Parish Council, we’ll be doing all we can to challenge this proposal and mitigate its impact on our village. We’ll also speak to other agencies and get professional planning and traffic advice to help us decide on the best strategy.
As more details emerge, we will let you know on this website. If you’d like even more information, please let us know by e-mailing us at: [email protected] and we’ll do our best to keep you posted.
Most importantly, keep an eye on the City Council Planning website if you would like to comment. The reference number is 20/02064/OUT – click here to read it. At the moment, not all the documents have been loaded up and it doesn’t yet give the deadline for responses.
Parish Council meeting December 2020
It was the last meeting of the year and we would like you to read the Chairman’s report on a meeting that welcomed a new councillor, made another stride towards the new youth facility and fired the starting gun for the consultation part of the neighbourhood plan. This will be your opportunity to see the finished plan and have your say on what it means to the future of the village. Click here to see the report, and click here to find out more about the neighbourhood plan.
Council Zooms Again! Good news for Broomfield Scouts and New Facilities
At their second ‘virtual meeting’ last week the Parish Councillors made some significant strategic decisions. We have over £200,000 of Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL, formally S106 Planning Development money) available to us and we have started looking at how that can be invested in the community. This is from money developers have to contribute to local communities as part of housing development projects.
We were very pleased to be able to agree a grant of £2,000 to Broomfield Scouts towards a new ‘horizontal climbing wall’ as part of their recent building project – good news for the 120 local young people who are part of Scouts or Guides
We approved a budget of £50,000 to refurbish and upgrade the children’s play area (full details to be decided later) and another £3,000 to commissioning a feasibility study into improving and extending the Village Hall to cope with increase demand and social distancing requirements going forward.
We allocated another £3,000 into investigating how best to upgrade Church Green, Broomfield’s only Conservation Area.
Councillor Angie Faulds has put forward a ‘tree for life’ scheme in Broomfield where we will plant a new tree for every child born in the village. The exact details have to be worked out but the initial plan has been approved.
We are continuing to support the new Broomfield community near Channels with a community notice board and dog refuse bins.
In May we received proposals for a new cafe to be developed in the old football club pavilion on Angel Field. To speed the negotiations along, the Council appointed a surveyor to help understand how this would work given the property’s restricted access across Council and Village Hall property. Regrettably, progress remains slow but we will continue to do what we can.
Other projects we are looking at include some way of celebrating the incredible contribution of key workers during the pandemic crisis, further bus shelters in the village and accessible plots at the allotment site.
Please let the Council know if you have any suggestions about spending the developer funding for new village facilities. Contact Mike Letch at the Parish office or e-mail: [email protected]
New defibrillator installed at the village hall.
We really hope that it is never needed, but there is now a defibrillator at the Village Hall. It is next to the main doors, and facing the car park. If you should ever need it, call 999 and you will be given instructions on what to do.