Mixed bag at UDC Planning Committee: 55 Walden homes withdrawn; 55 in Thaxted approved

Uttlesford District CouncilThere were 2 major applications at the UDC Planning Committee on July 3rd. In a surprise move, the application to switch employment land to permission for 55 homes at Kilns on Thaxted Rd in Saffron Walden was withdrawn at the last minute. Essex County Council had recommended refusal because the applicant had not undertaken the required ecology survey. It is unknown if the developer will submit a brand new application, but if they do, it will likely be after the adjoining proposed 300 home Kier development. That will come as a short term reprieve for nearby residents.

The news was less good for the residents of Thaxted. The 55 house development on the edge of the village at Wedlow Rd was approved by the UDC Planning Committee. The site was identified by UDC as their primary building location in the village in the 2012 draft of the Local Plan. This was in spite of objections from locals about its remote location, lack of any sewage provision and distance from schools and job.

The withdrawal of the Kilns application was covered in the Saffron Walden Weekly News (page 5).

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2 comments on “Mixed bag at UDC Planning Committee: 55 Walden homes withdrawn; 55 in Thaxted approved
  1. Janet harris says:

    Yet again, they are going against the glaringly obvious facts that are presented to them! Because they are desperate to make up the housing numbers. And preferably not on their doorsteps. Preferably on someone else’s!

  2. Keith Mackman says:

    For the sake of clarity, the Wedow Road application received outline planning permission over a year ago, the committee was considering design matters at the reserved stage. We are not ‘desperate’ to meet housing numbers (as the Bentfield Green decision ought to demonstrate) and it would be refreshing if critics could be more constructive. Houses do need to be built, everyone has opinions on where but the committee have to deal with the applications that come before us. The situation with the Ongar Road proposals should reassure residents that their concerns are being taken into account where possible.

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