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YOUR NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN STEERING GROUP ARE FRANTICALLY BEAVERING AWAY ANALYSING DATA. THEY WILL SHORTLY PRODUCE A BOOKLET CLEARLY SETTING OUT THE RESULTS OF THE QUESTIONNAIRE THAT BROOMFIELD RESIDENTS TOOK TIME TO COMPLETE.
IN THE MEANTIME, PLEASE READ THE HEADLINE RESULTS BELOW:
In April, we sent a questionnaire to every house in Broomfield (approx. 1,750). We had 493 replies, reflecting the views of almost 800 people. Here are some quick headlines – a fuller report will be put on this website in the next few weeks.
WHAT YOU SAID
- People love living in Broomfield – 97% want to stay here if their circumstances permit!
- Over 90% said they liked living in a village, the closeness to Chelmsford and its facilities, their friends and neighbours; and 100% said they liked the closeness to open countryside
- The only major dislike is the level of traffic (94%). A large majority of journeys by residents are made by car, but a significant majority also said they would consider making more use of cycling, walking and the buses if the conditions were right
- All suggestions for reducing the impact of through traffic were supported (e.g. signposting hospital traffic along Essex Regiment Way). So were 20 mph zones and speed cushions to reduce speed in small/residential roads
- 100% said it was important that Broomfield is surrounded by countryside, with over 90% citing the tranquillity, opportunity for recreation, openness, wildlife, views and the natural break between Broomfield and other settlements
- When asked to prioritise the 3 areas of countryside people most like and want to protect, the following areas got the most mentions:
west of Church Green (G), east of Hospital Approach (A) and the gap between Broomfield and Chelmsford (F); also the farmland west and north of the village (H) and the Mill Lane area (B). See the map below for the exact areas.
- Broomfield’s historic buildings are important to 98% of people. Planting more trees/flowers and keeping green spaces mown/tidy help to make the village look attractive
- When offered some different views about the design and planning of buildings, the following got the most support (though not necessarily over 50%):
- New buildings should fit in with surrounding buildings, provided the surrounding buildings look attractive
- Generally new buildings should be of traditional design
- New houses should be spread out , with plenty of space in between
- Generally new houses and buildings should be limited to 2 storeys
- Blocks of apartments are not acceptable
- Smaller gardens are okay, provided there is communal open space within 2 minutes’ walk
- New houses should generally be built in small cul-de-sacs, with a maximum of around 25 houses in each.
- If Broomfield has to accommodate more housing, the most acceptable types would be: small family homes, retirement houses for the active retired, bungalows and affordable starter homes
- 37% of responses thought at least one type of housing should be built anyway – the most common suggestion being small family homes
- If Broomfield has to accommodate more housing, converting/replacing some existing commercial/industrial accommodation is the most acceptable option, followed by small sites (up to 50 dwellings) on the edge of the current settlement. Large greenfield sites in the countryside are the least desirable option
- 53% think that the current local facilities in Broomfield are sufficient
- 83% think we should continue to work on the current plans for an expanded primary school; 95% think we should continue to work on plans for a network of cycle paths away from main roads.
BY AUTUMN 2017, WE WILL BE IN A POSITION TO HOLD AN OPEN DAY TO WHICH YOU WILL BE INVITED TO ATTEND, ASK QUESTIONS AND GET ANSWERS!
OF COURSE THERE WILL BE REFRESHMENTS!
Next Meeting of the Steering Group: Tuesday 1st August, 7.30pm at Broomfield Village Hall
The map from the recent Residents' Questionnaire.
158 Main Road