The UDC Planning Committee approved all of the major housing applications in front of them on Wednesday 11th February. These included:
- UTT/13/2107/OP (790 homes) Great Dunmow, West of Woodside Way (Barratt)
- UTT/13/3406/FUL (52 homes) Saffron Walden, Willis & Gambier site (Countryside)
- UTT/13/3118/OP (35 homes) Radwinter, Walden Road
- UTT/13/2917/FUL (32 homes) Elsenham, Hailes Wood
Here is how your local councillors voted (note: a number of councillors were absent for family/personal reasons):
Five Year Supply Met
District councils are required to be able to demonstrate to the Planning Inspectorate that they have a 5-year supply of new homes in the pipeline. UDC has been chasing this number of a few years, but with these new approvals they are now able demonstrate that they have sufficient. By our calculations UDC now has a surplus of 36 new homes in their 5-year pipeline (note: only 150 of the Dunmow, West of Woodside Way 790 homes are deliverable in the next 5 years).
This now gives UDC the ability to put on hold any further approvals until their draft Local Plan is approved by the Planning Inspectorate, however in practice UDC has been recommending most applications put in front of them so that they can claim Boles Bung payments.
It’s a shame, because now having got the target number, the UDC Cabinet could do the right thing and listen to what residents have telling them about their Local Plan, but instead they are likely to carry on regardless. The temptation of the bung is probably too much for them.