Uttlesford District Council (UDC) has published a new study it commissioned with neighbouring councils. The study determines that UDC needs to allow 12,500 new houses in Uttlesford.
Local Plan delays mean more houses required
The study is part of the remedial action that the Planning Inspectorate called for when it rejected the UDC Cabinet’s draft Uttlesford Local Plan in December 2014. The Council Leadership has also said that it calculates that it needs to allow the approvals of new houses at a rate of 568 per year for at least the next 18 years. Previously in 2011 the Council determined it needed to provide 40% fewer (338 pa), but constant delays by the Council in the delivering the Local Plan has meant that the number has kept increasing.
As part of finding a place for these new houses, UDC has asked for developers to come forward with land. UDC’s map below shows where they are looking for land for new homes (click map for larger version).
UDC is specifically looking for land for:
- Large scale development to create significant town extensions to Saffron Walden, Great Dunmow and east of Bishops Stortford;
- Large scale development of the major villages of Elsenham, Great Chesterford, Hatfield Heath, Newport, Takeley, Thaxted, Stansted Mountfitchet;
- Major new settlements on greenfield sites near Birchanger, Elsenham/Henham, Great Chesterford, Great Dunmow, Flitch Green, Little Easton, Stebbing, Takeley;
- Smaller expansion of the smaller villages of Ashdon, Birchanger, Debden, Clavering, Chrishall, Farnham, Felsted, Flitch Green, Great Easton, Great Sampford, Hatfield Broad Oak, Henham, Leaden Rodding, Little Halingbury, Manuden, Quendon, Radwinter, Rickling, Stebbing, Wimbish ;
- These locations are in addition to all of the existing sites that the UDC Cabinet previously identified in their rejected draft Local Plan (including those that have already been refused planning by the Planning Inspectorate).
Our existing towns and villages can’t take it
Our existing schools and doctors’ surgeries are full, our sewers are bursting, and our roads are often jammed. We firmly believe that our existing towns and villages can’t take the scale of development that UDC demands. UDC’s own Comparative Sustainability Assessment evidence shows that an approach that looks at new settlement(s) for housing is the best solution – and we support it. A new settlement impacts the fewest existing residents and developers are required to pay their way by providing all of the necessary infrastructure. We also believe that an evidence-led process should determine the best and most sustainable location(s) for any new settlements.
As we’ve done before, we’ll be keeping you informed as UDC brings their proposals to public consultation. Stay tuned.