On 30th of October UDC refused planning permission for the Countryside Properties 52 home development on the old Willis & Gambier site opposite Tesco in Saffron Walden. This is one of UDC’s landmark development sites on the inaccessible east of Saffron Walden. The decision was made by officers even before the application made it to the UDC Planning Committee and it is the right decision.
WeAreResidents.org had objected to this site for a number of reasons, including those for which it was refused:
- It is within the blast zone of the adjacent fuel depot
- It will overburden existing infrastructure, particularly education and healthcare
It is likely that the developer will amended their application in conjunction with the adjacent permission they are seeking for a care home. Even if they build further away from the blast zone, the traffic, air quality and other infrastructure issues still persist.