Well-articulated evidence and cogent reasons as to why applications for new homes should be refused were swept aside as the UDC Planning Committee decided the fate of 3 major planning applications at their 25th September meeting.
The UDC Planning department has been the worst part of the district council for some time, scoring bottom in nearly of all in monthly key performance indicators. As a result UDC’s draft Local Plan has languished for a year, residents consultations have been ignored, and the council has fallen behind in its required 5-year new homes supply, leaving settlements open to predatory, unsustainable development.
Clearly the UDC Cabinet has decided that enough is enough. UDC is currently recommending every application, irrespective of how unsustainable, and is jamming each one through the planning process. At this most recent meeting, it seems they even resorted to legal scare tactics to bar councillors who looked like they may disagree with them, including Saffron Walden Mayor Cllr Keith Eden.
The 3 major applications that were all approved were:
- UTT/13/1790/OP – Elsenham (165 homes on Stansted Rd)
- UTT/13/1618/OP – Stansted (160 homes on Walpole Farm)
- UTT/13/1937/OP – Saffron Walden (52 homes on the Kilns site on Thaxted Rd)
Here is how your councillors voted:
Look for more building coming to a settlement near you soon as the UDC Planning Committee decide the fate of another 1,000 new homes at their next Planning Committee meeting on 2nd October.