UDC refuses planning permission for 52 homes on Willis & Gambier site

Countryside PropertiesOn 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.

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3 comments on “UDC refuses planning permission for 52 homes on Willis & Gambier site
  1. Vic Lelliott says:

    How is it that a 52-house development causes burdens on existing infrastructure, whereas a 300-house development may not? Surely the planners are stating their opposition to any development in Saffron Walden.

  2. Francis Lambert says:

    In all the back and forth on unsustainable development to the east of the town, with which unsustainability I concur, what is the real position with the landowners to the west of the town? I assume that these are the Audley End and Quendon estates, but I am really not sure. Neither am I aware for certain about what approaches have been made to them by whom or what the responses have been. Can someone please enlighten me?

    • Dan Starr says:

      Francis – I believe most of it is owned by the Audley End Estate. My understanding is that they have not been approached by UDC. Over the years the Audley End Estate have been good for the town, gifting land such as the Common and allowing the High School to expand. In fact the town is probably the pleasant backwater that it is today because it is somewhat landlocked by the benevolent estate.
      However all may change due to primogeniture. When the elderly Lord Braybrooke passes, he has no sons and so the estate will pass to a distant cousin who has no local connections. There may be trouble ahead… http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2266189/Why-woman-WILL-inherit-real-life-Downton.html

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