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Development plans threaten east of England environment

ICE news

EXTENSIVE DEVELOPMENT of eastern England will damage the environment and choke already congested road and rail networks in the region, ICE East of England said this week.

Lack of government funding for infrastructure projects could also bring the region to its knees, it warned.

The ICE region made the comments in response to the East of England assembly's regional spatial strategy (RSS), which plans for a 20% population rise to 6.62M by 2021.

'A step change in the way development proposals are planned and implemented is required to address issues like climate change, water resources and waste generation, ' said ICE regional manager John Canton.

The ICE criticised the RSS for highlighting existing flooding problems, high car dependency and lack of waste disposal facilities on the one hand, without increasing infrastructure support for future population growth.

It adds that 'the regional transport strategy is not co-ordinated with the regional economic or spatial strategy'. It raises concerns that increasing the population without creating more jobs in the area could put extra strain on commuter routes.

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