Walden Reporter: Warning of developers’ open season

Sam Tonkin of the Saffron Walden Reporter writes about the spate of speculative development proposals for Stansted this week:

FEARS about it being “open season” for housing developers are beginning to be realised, according to a parish council chairman. Stansted Parish Council chairman Geoffrey Sell told the Reporter he was concerned about the influx of potential planning applications after it emerged Walpole Farm has been earmarked for a mixed development of 161 [200] homes.

Uttlesford District Council has received a screening option application, a precursor to a possible planning application, on behalf of Bloor Homes. The developer has an option on the 100 acres of land off Cambridge Road, adjacent to land at Bentfield Green where Taylor Wimpey has earmarked 170 homes.

Cllr Sell said the sudden interest in building houses in Stansted – which includes a proposal for 58 homes on Elms Farm – was exactly what he feared with the district council’s ongoing delay in putting together the Local Development Framework [Uttlesford Local Plan], which sets out where houses should be built over the next 15 years.

“It is the domino effect and it has huge dangers for the community because we are going to get development in the wrong place with the wrong numbers,” he explained. “What we have got at the moment is a planning free-for-all and that poses great dangers to communities.”

Read the full article in the Saffron Walden Reporter (page 4).

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