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Tories close ranks to try to force 300 homes on Saffron Walden

Rotten Borough (Feature)

In their latest attempt to force through as much housing before the validity of their preferred sites is questioned by the Planning Inspector, the Conservative controlled Uttlesford District Council Cabinet used a private, closed door session on 19th August to

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Posted in Planning, Planning Application News, Pollution and Air Quality, Rotten Boroughs, Spotlight Articles, Traffic, Uttlesford District Council, Water and Sewage

Partisan whipping forces through UDC approval of draft Local Plan

In a noisy, heated and often contentious meeting on 8th April the full Uttlesford District Council approved the draft of UDC Cabinet’s Local Plan by 23 votes to 14. Already rejected by residents Before the meeting the draft Local Plan

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Posted in Education and Schools, News, Planning, Pollution and Air Quality, Spotlight Articles, Traffic, Uttlesford District Council, Uttlesford Local Plan, Water and Sewage

Floods and Flushes – About Waste Water Capacity

Saffron Walden Flood Map (feature)

A 2012 Water Cycle Study commissioned by Uttlesford District Council (Hyder Consulting UK Ltd, section 1.3) shows that Saffron Walden’s water supply will be placed under insurmountable pressure from any proposed development as there is no further ‘process capacity’. Apparently

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Posted in News, Planning, Planning Application News, Spotlight Articles, Uttlesford District Council, Uttlesford Local Plan, Water and Sewage

Ridgeons development brings benefits to Walden, but issues need to be addressed before it can be supported

Ridgeons housing development Saffron Walden

Towns like Saffron Walden can’t be frozen in time and need to continue to evolve to stay thriving and relevant. But because they are small, little things can upset the balance; they are more fragile than you would think as

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Posted in Consultation, Economy and Tourism, Education and Schools, Employment, News, Planning, Planning Application News, Pollution and Air Quality, Traffic, Uttlesford District Council, Uttlesford Local Plan, Water and Sewage

Pernicious guff or a valuable contribution to sustainability?

New homes Travel Information Packs

Saffron Walden resident Sue Armitage sent us a letter to highlight the facile use of new homes Travel Information Packs by Kier to try to make their development sustainable. She wrote: I HAVE been very interested to read the Transport

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Posted in Cycleway, News, Planning, Planning Application News, Pollution and Air Quality, Traffic, Uttlesford District Council, Uttlesford Local Plan, Water and Sewage

Calculating developer contributions for education

Schools and educations

Building new homes stretches existing infrastructure such as roads, sewage and schools. That means that developers are required to contribute towards mitigating these factors. This is done by legal contracts between the parties, called Section-106 agreements. Essex County Council sets

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Posted in Education and Schools, Essex County Council, Planning, Uttlesford District Council, Uttlesford Local Plan, Water and Sewage

Applications for 400 new houses in Saffron Walden

Small 3D map of new houses in Saffron Walden

The developers’ open season continues across the district. Over the past few months Stansted, Newport, Thaxted and Dunmow have been targeted. Now it is Saffron Walden’s turn, where there has been a flurry of planning applications for new homes in

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Posted in Consultation, Education and Schools, News, Planning, Planning Application News, Pollution and Air Quality, Spotlight Articles, Traffic, Uttlesford District Council, Uttlesford Local Plan, Water and Sewage

Press Release: “Many unhappy returns” to Local Plan as consultation responses ignored by UDC for a year

Cake (feature bar)

Furious Uttlesford residents, whose views on local development have been ignored by their District Council for exactly one year, have resorted to an unusual form of protest; they have baked a birthday cake, signed a card in the Saffron Walden

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Posted in Consultation, News, Planning, Press Releases, Spotlight Articles, Uttlesford District Council, Uttlesford Local Plan, Water and Sewage

Water bill increases are a stealth tax to support new housing

Water bill

The water regulation authority Ofwat have predicted at the start of this year that bills are set to increase by 3.5% for the average household, to approximately £388 per year. Chief Executive Regina Finn said that despite the fact that

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Posted in Families and Youth, News, Planning, Pollution and Air Quality, Spotlight Articles, Uttlesford District Council, Uttlesford Local Plan, Water and Sewage

Bypass could help make new housing sustainable

Bypass / ring-road

Rufus Barnes proposes a bypass for Saffron Walden in the Walden Local (page 7) but there a pros and cons and of course it requires a council that can plan strategically. He writes: Some of your correspondents have questioned why

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Posted in News, Planning, Traffic, Uttlesford District Council, Uttlesford Local Plan, Water and Sewage

Mixed bag at UDC Planning Committee: 55 Walden homes withdrawn; 55 in Thaxted approved

Uttlesford District Council

There were 2 major applications at the UDC Planning Committee on July 3rd. In a surprise move, the application to switch employment land to permission for 55 homes at Kilns on Thaxted Rd in Saffron Walden was withdrawn at the

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Posted in News, Planning, Planning Application News, Uttlesford District Council, Uttlesford Local Plan, Water and Sewage

The Uttlesford Local Plan stinks, literally: Air quality and Sewage

Gas Mask (feature)

We all know that living in Saffron Walden comes with a range of benefits, from excellent schools, to a diverse town centre. We love the green spaces, the interesting activities and the history; all of which has it voted one

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Posted in News, Planning, Pollution and Air Quality, Spotlight Articles, Traffic, Uttlesford District Council, Uttlesford Local Plan, Water and Sewage

Walden Weekly: Newport looking forward to better plans

Newport Calendar

Neil Hargreaves of Save Newport Village writes in the Saffron Walden Weekly News about how the professionals are even calling the UDC Cabinet’s plans for Newport into doubt: The ‘new sixth form’ for Saffron Walden is not the only instance

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Posted in Papers, Planning, Uttlesford District Council, Uttlesford Local Plan, Water and Sewage

SWCHS weighs into Local Plan 6th Form debate

SWCHS Catchment Area Changes

The unresolved secondary educational issues resulting from the draft Uttlesford Local Plan roll on. In November the UDC Cabinet proposed shutting down the highly successful and popular 6th Form at Saffron Walden County High School and building a new 6th Form college.

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Posted in Education and Schools, Uttlesford District Council, Uttlesford Local Plan, Water and Sewage

Documents: Uttlesford District Water Cycle Study (Hyder 2012)

Download Report

This detailed report, commissioned by UDC, reviews the current sewage capacity in the district and provides guidance to the council and developers. Download: Uttlesford District Water Cycle Study (Detail report – Hyder 2012) Saffron Walden already at sewage capacity For

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Posted in Education and Schools, Essex County Council, Planning, Reports and Documents, Uttlesford District Council, Water and Sewage
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