CAUSE’s positive vision
We have five principles for a positive vision for the growth of north Essex:
- Master-planned neighbourhoods and urban extensions (Poundbury-style, Freiburg-style, Eddington-style) not stand-alone new towns. Homes near jobs to reduce commuting*;
- Brownfield first: Ebbsfleet-style regeneration not green field new towns. Take all brownfield sites seriously, including farmsteads and small sites;
- Infrastructure first: Betterment for all residents, not just newcomers to new town. Mass rapid transit, dualled A120, A120/A133 link road, Colchester southern relief road, cycle-ways, widened A12, schools, hospital beds. Be smart about using under-used infrastructure e.g. convert Colchester-Clacton line into metro rail system. Avoid over-loading the Great Eastern mainline. Integrated transport plans needed for Braintree and Colchester and marter collection of CIL and section 106 for infrastructure;
- Proportionate growth – including for villages, driven by neighbourhood plans. Not an unsustainable, 24,000 home new town.;
- Plan for local people – realistically affordable homes for those on local salaries, not incoming commuters.
*Dr Falk, Wolfson Economics prize-winner sets out why, here: Neighbourhoods not stand-alone
The Metro Plan
CAUSE was challenged by MPs to create a strategic plan for north Essex. We pulled together a team of experts and did just that. The result was a vision which supports the local economy, is based around under-utilised transport and locates houses near to jobs. Scroll down to listen to our presentation, “Going Dutch”
Benefits of CAUSE’s Metro Plan:
Infrastructure first, making use of an under-utilised rail asset which can offer a frequent metro service.
It is a sustainable, transit-oriented solution which helps to ease congestion on our over-crowded roads.
It supports the local economy and is based around the jobs of the University, the Knowledge Gateway, Colchester Town Centre and the ports.
The vision captures maximum land value uplift for re-investment.
It is deliverable in the plan period to 2032.
It is closely aligned with Ebenezer Howard’s garden city principles.
The plan was prepared by a team which included:
- Dr Nicholas Falk (internationally recognised urban designer and winner of the 2014 Wolfson Economics Prize);
- Tim Pharoah, Transport Consultant;
- Joanna Chambers, Planning Consultant;
- Jonathan Tyler, Railway Consultant;
- Alan Stones, Architect and Urban Designer
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