Friday 5th December 2014, Saffron Walden: WeAreResidents.org, the independent residents’ community group, announced that the recent Planning Inspectors’ refusal of the draft Uttlesford Local Plan will add significant weight and authority in its upcoming fight with developer Kier.
Kier is proposing to build 300 new houses on the east of Saffron Walden. In April this year UDC’s Planning Committee refused permission for the development after they found that the application breached 5 local and 7 national planning policies, including increased illegal pollution inside the emergency air quality zone around the town centre.
Kier appealed the decision which UDC decided not to contest because the site was designated as one of its draft Local Plan sites. However the Saffron Walden Town Council and WeAreResidents.org have joined forces to fight the appeal.
Dan Starr, chair of WeAreResidents.org said “On 3rd December the Planning Inspector ripped up the draft Uttlesford Local Plan, meaning that the Kier site is now no longer a Local Plan site. In fact now the previous policy holds sway, meaning the land is protected against house building. In his decision, the Local Plan Inspector agreed with us that many of the existing settlements, including Saffron Walden, were constrained and can’t grow easily. Our legal team believe that we now have an even stronger case against this type of unsustainable development which has little infrastructure.”
The appeal for the Kier development application was due to start on 9th December but has now been deferred by the Planning Inspectorate due to bereavement. A new date has not been set, but it is expected it will be in the New Year.
Founded in 2011, WeAreResidents.org is the Uttlesford based group that provides a strong, independent voice for the views of local residents. The group campaigns for long range strategic and sustainable plans for their area. WeAreResidents.org works with other similar groups across Uttlesford and enjoys the strong support of professionals in key and relevant professions.
WeAreResidents.org is one of the residents’ groups that help start Residents for Uttlesford (R4U), the local political party of towns and a village that is seeking to give residents a stronger say in local matters.
WeAreResidents.org can we found on the web at www.WeAreResidents.org.