There 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move, the application to switch employment land to permission for 55 homes at Kilns on Thaxted Rd in Saffron Walden was withdrawn at the last minute.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).