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Press Release: Appeal victory for Saffron Walden residents against unsustainable development by Kier

Hot on the heels of a victory for Thaxted residents, Saffron Walden has achieved a solid victory of its own. After an appeal by developer Kier to build 300 homes, the Planning Inspectorate has upheld the refusal and so they

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Posted in Housing and Planning, News, Planning, Planning Application News, Press Releases, Roads and Transport, Spotlight Articles, Traffic, Uttlesford District Council

Press Release: Refusal of Local Plan gives residents a boost on delayed Kier housing appeal

WeAreResidents.org Logo Stacked (WaR)

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

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Posted in News, Planning Application News, Press Releases, Spotlight Articles, Uttlesford District Council, Uttlesford Local Plan

Press Release: Uttlesford residents form political party and launch campaign to win 2015 district election

Wednesday 22nd October 2014, Saffron Walden: Uttlesford residents have announced that they have formed their own independent political party, Residents-for-Uttlesford (R4U), with the intention of taking control of their District Council in 2015. They have also announced their first 7

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Posted in Election 2015, Elections, News, Press Releases, Residents Groups, Spotlight Articles, Uttlesford District Council

Press Release: Call for independent candidates to step forward to clean up Uttlesford in 2015 elections

Vote 2015 Feature

Tuesday, 15th July 2014: Uttlesford based WeAreResidents.org has moved forward its campaign for better local government by asking residents from across the district to step forward and join its team of independent candidates for its 2015 district election bid. Residents

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Posted in Election 2015, Local Government, News, Press Releases, Spotlight Articles, Uttlesford District Council

Press Release: Sports Group established by WeAreResidents.org to lobby for leisure facilities in Saffron Walden

Monday 9th June 2014: WeAreResidents.org has announced the formation of a group of Saffron Walden based sports and leisure organisations to review existing facilities and to lobby for increased provision in town. The sports group is chaired by John Lodge

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Posted in News, Planning, Press Releases, Sports, Spotlight Articles, Uttlesford District Council

Press Release: Call on UDC to use new homes’ proceeds to fund sports in Saffron Walden

Tuesday 6th May 2014: Saffron Walden based WeAreResidents.org has called on Uttlesford District Council to use the money for sports fields that it should have collected from new home builders to fund facilities for key sports clubs in the town.

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Posted in News, Planning, Press Releases, Sports, Spotlight Articles, Uttlesford District Council, Uttlesford Local Plan

Press Release: Residents show strong support for creation of a Saffron Walden Town Plan

Town Plan Consultation (Feature)

On Saturday 23rd of March WeAreResidents.org held a public consultation event in the Saffron Walden Town Hall to gauge local residents’ appetite for the creation of a Town Plan for Saffron Walden. Information was organised into topic zones with more

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Posted in Consultation, Economy and Tourism, Education and Schools, Employment, Essex County Council, News, Planning, Press Releases, Spotlight Articles, Town Plan, Traffic, Uttlesford District Council, Uttlesford Local Plan

Residents Groups and Councils unite to call on UDC to ditch its draft Local Plan and start again

Press Release: Residents groups, Parish Councils and individual residents from as far afield as Elsenham, Henham, Newport, Saffron Walden, Stansted, Dunmow and Takeley have come together to declare Uttlesford’s local plan process a dismal failure and call on the District

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

Press Release: Planning Inspectorate ranks Uttlesford in lowest 25% for Local Plan delivery

UDC Local Plan Planning Inspectorate Fail (feature)

Monday 9th September 2013, Saffron Walden: In the Planning Inspectorate’s most recent Local Plan league table, Uttlesford District Council has been ranked in the bottom 25% of councils, with 75% of councils in the country ahead of UDC in the

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Posted in News, Planning, Press Releases, Spotlight Articles, Uttlesford District Council, Uttlesford Local Plan

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

Press Release: Single settlement now only viable Local Plan option for UDC as Planning Inspectorate provides clear guidance

WeAreResidents.org

Thursday 11 July 2013, Saffron Walden: The Government Planning Inspectorate has written to both WeAreResidents.org and Saffron Walden MP Alan Haselhurst to unequivocally clarify what they expect to see from the Local Plan. Specifically the Planning Inspectorate has confirmed that

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Posted in News, Planning, Press Releases, Spotlight Articles, Uttlesford District Council, Uttlesford Local Plan

Press Release: Cllr John Lodge asserts election result referendum on UDC Cabinet’s Local Plan

John Lodge (smile)

Tuesday 7th May 2013: Newly elected Essex County Councillor John Lodge issued the follow statement following his local election win on May 2nd. Cllr John Lodge said, “Last Thursday the voters of the Saffron Walden division of Essex County Council

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Posted in Election 2013, Essex County Council, News, Press Releases, Spotlight Articles, Traffic, Uttlesford District Council, Uttlesford Local Plan

Press Release: UDC issues shambolic Local Plan update that increases new housing in Walden and Dunmow

Uttlesford Local Plan Update (feature)

Uttlesford District Council ignores residents in a shambolic update to their Local Plan that increases housing numbers, fails to deliver the required strategic plans, and removes developer infrastructure provisions for schools and medical centres On 22 March 2013 Uttlesford District Council

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Posted in Essex County Council, News, Planning, Pollution and Air Quality, Press Releases, Spotlight Articles, Uttlesford District Council, Uttlesford Local Plan

Press Release: Saffron Walden residents announce John Lodge as candidate for Essex County Council Elections to drive localism agenda

Residents’ campaign group WeAreResidents.org announces that it intends to nominate Saffron Walden resident John Lodge as an independent candidate at the forthcoming Essex County Council Elections and launches its election campaign site at LODGEyourVote.com. Dan Starr, chair of the group

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Posted in Election 2013, Essex County Council, Planning, Pollution and Air Quality, Press Releases, Spotlight Articles, Traffic, Uttlesford District Council, Uttlesford Local Plan

Impact to Secondary Education Catchment Areas

SWCHS Catchment Area Changes

Uttlesford has 4 secondary schools, 2 in the towns and 2 in the larger villages. The high school in Saffron Walden (SWCHS) is nationally recognised as one of the leading schools, rated outstanding by Ofsted across the board and so

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Posted in Education and Schools, Essex County Council, News, Planning, Spotlight Articles, Uttlesford District Council, Uttlesford Local Plan

Press Release: BBC TV’s ‘Town with Nicolas Crane’ films residents’ concerns and 3D map event

Saffron Walden based WeAreResidents.org held an event in the market square last Saturday to highlight residents’ opposition to the UDC Cabinet’s plans to build a minimum of 860 houses on 200 acres of farmland to the east of the town.

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Posted in Papers, Planning, Pollution and Air Quality, Press Releases, Spotlight Articles, Uttlesford District Council, Uttlesford Local Plan

BBC News: Griff Rhys Jones on localism and planning

Broadcaster and presenter Griff Rhys Jones interviewed on BBC News talks about how local residents should protect their towns and villages from poor and short termist planning laws. He believes that when it comes to planning policy and regulation, national

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Posted in Consultation, Planning, Rotten Boroughs, Spotlight Articles, Supermarket, Uttlesford District Council, Uttlesford Local Plan

Press Release: Local Plan lies in tatters as 99% reject dispersed housing strategy across Uttlesford

Uttlesford Cabinet humiliated as only 39 respondents support housing policy The UDC Cabinet’s proposed Local Plan lies in tatters as the results from the public consultation process are finalised.  According to their website, UDC received 3,387 responses to their new

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Posted in Consultation, Planning, Pollution and Air Quality, Press Releases, Spotlight Articles, Uttlesford District Council, Uttlesford Local Plan

Press Release: Saffron Walden residents resoundingly reject UDC Local Development Plan

Saffron Walden residents hand 2,150 Local Plan objection letters to Uttlesford District Council

WeAreResidents.org delivers well over two-thousand objection letters to Uttlesford District Council 23 July 2012: On Monday 23rd July, the current phase of public consultation for the draft Uttlesford Local Development Plan closed. Local campaign group WeAreResidents.org has been sharing the

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Posted in Consultation, Pollution and Air Quality, Press Releases, Spotlight Articles, Uttlesford District Council, Uttlesford Local Plan