The developers’ open season continues across the district. Over the past few months Stansted, Newport, Thaxted and Dunmow have been targeted. Now it is Saffron Walden’s turn, where there has been a flurry of planning applications for new homes in the last 2 weeks. They are all open for public consultation comments. They are:
- 300 houses on the Kier land on Thaxted Rd
- 52 houses and a care-home on the old Willis & Gambier site on Radwinter Rd
- 52 houses resubmitted for the Kilns site on Thaxted Rd
All 3 sites are on the east of Saffron Walden and so will contribute to the traffic and air quality problems. Residents are being kept in the dark about the depth of the traffic issues because UDC is blocking access to the Traffic Assessment that they’ve had commissioned. Additionally the sewage plant and schools are at capacity and there are no plans for resolving these issues either. The sites were recently featured on the residents’ 3D map and one BBC Town with Nicholas Crane.
Dan Starr, chair of WeAreResidents.org said “The traffic impacts to Saffron Walden from the combined Kier, Kilns and Willis and Gambier developments are huge. We can’t understand why UDC is letting these applications proceed before the required district-wide Traffic Assessment is published. UDC has recently negotiated with Fairfield to delay their application for a new settlement in the centre of the district purely on that basis; so why aren’t’ they doing the same here? Is the Traffic Assessment so bad that UDC wants these applications approved before residents can see the whole picture?
We recommend that residents respond to the public consultation; they have until the end of the August. Click on each application link to find out more.