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MP criticises green fields development

January 24, 2013 5:52 PM
Colchester MP Sir Bob Russell today in the House of Commons criticised the building on green fields surrounding towns - with particular reference to the fields of "west" Mile End where 1,600 houses are proposed which he has previously said would be a planning and environmental disaster.
Sir Bob's question to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs was prompted by the recent announcement from Planning Minister Mr Nick Boles MP that green fields will be released for development.
Liberal Democrat Sir Bob explained: "Behind my question is the ludicrous proposal to allow 1,600 homes to be built on the fields of "west" Mile End in North Colchester - the single estate being served by a single cul-de-sac which I have described as the longest in the country!
"And we all know how awful the traffic congestion is already at Colchester North Station! If this estate goes ahead - on green fields - it will make the traffic congestion even worse. The development on these green fields would be a planning and environmental disaster!"