Planning Application: Saffron Walden (36), Catons Lane/Lime Avenue – Persimmon (UTT/15/2008/FUL)


**This application has been withdrawn **
Persimmon Homes’ development of 36 one, two and three bedroom houses and apartments on land to the east of Catons Lane and west of Lime Avenue in Saffron Walden.

The site is adjacent to the recently built 15-house Lime Avenue development, also by Persimmon. In Saffron Walden Persimmon have built the Tudor Park development opposite Ridgeons on Ashdon Rd.

Note: UDC has failed to implement the right policies to be able to collect money from developers to properly fund education. Because of this for Catons Lane, the developer will pocket an additional £125,000 which should be funding school expansions.

Site Plan/Map:

Location in Saffron Walden

Developer’s Site Plan


Sustainability Impact:

  • Size of development (dwellings): 36
  • Estimated new residential cars: 58
  • Estimated Pre-School places required: 4
  • Estimated Primary School places required: 11
  • Estimated Secondary School places required: 8
  • Estimated Post 16/6th Form school places required: 2
  • Estimated Section-106 provision for education: £275k – less £125k for Secondary and Early Years education which ECC is unable to collect due to UDC policies
  • Estimated minimum developer contribution to sports/open-space: £166k
  • Estimated value of other ECC Section-106 obligations(non-Highway): £73k



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8 comments on “Planning Application: Saffron Walden (36), Catons Lane/Lime Avenue – Persimmon (UTT/15/2008/FUL)
  1. A. says:

    They’re the same builders doing Tudor Park near the dangerous gas line, aren’t they. I am not impressed by the roundabout they’ve put in on Ashdon Rd. so haphazardly to their new development. Nor am I impressed by their box-like apartments, which they’ve put nearest the gas line, or their gigantic houses.

  2. concerned for the youngsters says:

    Is this not the sight where there are currently 2 football pitches?

  3. clive parnham says:

    I guess there is a formula for working out the number of school places, cars etc but the numbers they have produced seem very small and unrealistic (yet again), more likely to be 2 cars for each 1 bed dwelling, 2 or 3 cars for the 2-3 bed places! can the Catons lane/Little Walden road/Castle Street/Pound Walk junction complex cope with that increase of vehicle movements (even at the projected numbers)? Is there any provision for ‘affordable/key worker’ dwellings here?

    • Admin says:

      Hi Clive – The Sustainability Impact numbers are ours. We put them in so that people can better assess the impact of a development. They are based on some calculations we have done derived from the child and car yields per household in Uttlesford that were provided to us by the Office of National Statistics (ONS) specifically for our district. The infrastructure costs are directly from the ECC developers’ guidelines. The sports/open-space allocation is based on the government’s national recommendations.

      There is about 38% affordable that the developer is proposing. The mix is 22 market priced houses (2 and 3 bed), 10 x Social Rented (1 and 2 bed), and 4 Intermediate units (2 and 3 bed).

  4. Oli Hucknall says:

    Good Idea! I think you could make a collage and a small uni

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