3,000 objection letters handed to UDC before draft Local Plan deadline

Residents groups from across Uttlesford convened on the UDC’s London Rd offices in Saffron Walden on Monday 2nd June to hand deliver 3,000 personally signed objection letters to the latest draft of the Local Plan just before the deadline for the end of public consultation. These were in addition to the many hundreds that had already been emailed in by residents.

Residents groups were represented from Saffron Walden, Great Dunmow, Elsenham, Henham, Stansted and Newport – communities targeted for a high proportion of new home building under the UDC Cabinet’s draft Local Plan.

“Residents believe that the draft Local Plan is unsound because locations for new homes were selected by political decision rather than them being the best sites, the required infrastructure is missing, and the public’s opinions have so far been completely ignored,” said Dan Starr, chair of WeAreResidents.org, “and now the residents of Uttlesford have spoken again and for the third time have resoundingly rejected this flawed plan.”

Nick Baker, the chair of Save Our Villages (Henham and Elsenham), was interviewed on BBC Radio Essex and a reply later provided by the UDC Cabinet Member for the Local Plan, Susan Barker. During the interview she said that she’s only personally recieived 2 complaints about the draft Local Plan. You can email her at: cllrbarker@uttlesford.gov.uk

Listen to the BBC Radio Essex interview:

Nick Baker, chair of Save Our Villages (Henham and Elsenham), said “It is about time that UDC saw the stupidity of this housing proposal and acts before it is too late. The Planning Inspector will reject this Local Plan as being unsound. Please UDC wake up to this appalling situation before it is too late, and accept that the draft Local Plan is fatally flawed.”

Residents’ own independent councillors Jo Parry and John Lodge also gave their support and handed in their own letters of objection at the same time.

John Lodge, Essex County Councillor for Saffron Walden said “The UDC Cabinet is proposing 10,000 new homes across the district over the Local Plan length, but the plan fails to put the houses in the best places and doesn’t consider or deliver the four required infrastructural ‘S’s – schools, streets, surgeries and sewers. These are already at capacity in many places across Uttlesford. This plan is unsound, and residents are correct by objecting to it.”

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