There were 4 major planning applications in front of the UDC Planning Committee on 2 October. All were recommended for approval by UDC officers.
Of particularly significance was the Elsenham application because it was the first 800 homes of a 3,000 new settlement plan UDC had backed from 2007 until 2012.
The council chambers were packed and at times it got very rowdy, particularly when Cllr David Morson who was opposing the Elsenham application had his microphone cut. Several times Planning Committee Chair Cllr Jackie Cheetham threatened to clear the room unless everyone settled down.
Head of UDC Planning Andrew Taylor urged approval saying that the 2012 draft Local Plan carried little weight because of the strength of opposition against it. He also insisted that the government required 5-year supply of housing had not met and that Uttlesford still had a shortfall of 592 even with recent approvals. Clearly UDC is working on new annual numbers because this number is significantly larger than previous shortfall reports from UDC when they were working on 415 a year.
Every major application got approved apart from the Elsenham (new single-settlement) one, so 237 new homes were approved and 800 refused. That means that UDC is still 355 short of their 5-year housing supply.
Here are the results:
- REFUSED: UTT/13/0808/OP – Elsenham (800 homes on Station Road)
- APPROVED: UTT/13/1769/OP – Newport (84 homes on Bury Water Lane)
- APPROVED: UTT/13/1817/OP – Newport (100 senior apartments + 60 bed extra care facility on Whiteditch Lane)
- APPROVED: UTT/13/1959/OP – Stansted (53 homes on Elms Farm)
Here is how the individual councillors voted for the first 3 applications.