WeAreResidents.org has been making good progress working with the Saffron Walden Town Council against Kier’s appeal of the refusal of planning for 300 houses they’d like to build on the inaccessible east of Saffron Walden.
We issued the joint statement this week:
“The Town Council are working closely with the residents group, WeAreResidents.org, to fight the Kier appeal in the most effective way and to support the many thousands of town residents who opposed this planning application. We are now joint Rule 6 participants which means we will present all submissions as one group.
We are preparing the final documents that are required and finalising which experts to be called.
We will be ready to start the fight on 9th December @ 10am at the UDC offices. It is an open hearing and we hope to see residents there. It is expected that the hearing will last four days.”
Working jointly with the town council has the benefits of:
- Combining our arguments to make them more persuasive;
- Showing that the governmental representatives of the town and a large number of the residents are united in that this is a poor development for the town;
- Making the Planning Inspector happier because he doesn’t have to hear the same argument multiple times;
- Saving money for both organisations as we share expert consultant and legal costs.
The story was covered by the Saffron Walden Reporter on their website. Previously the Cambridge Evening News covered the Town Council’s formal decision to fight the appeal after UDC decided not to support their own Planning Committee’s refusal of planning at the appeal (read about it on the Herts and Essex Observer website).