Saffron Walden doesn’t have a strategic plan and it needs one to be able to chart its course and properly evaluate every opportunity. Additionally without a legally adopted Town Neighbourhood Plan there are reduced direct financial gains from new housing developments and limited strategic planning for roads, schools, sports, jobs, health and families.
A direct benefit for Saffron Walden
We are working with other groups, organisations, businesses and the Town Council to build a Town Plan. Once adopted, it will have a formal status in planning law and allow 25% of all monies collected from new-home builders to be directly funnelled to the local community, provided that the District Council has put in place the correct supporting policies.
By residents for residents
In 2014 we held the first public consultation exhibition to gauge other local residents’ appetite for the creation of a Neighbourhood Plan. Over 600 people attended and the message was clear: Residents want a vision for the town and a robust plan.
We consolidated all the feedback to brief the Town Council and proposed a way forward which was adopted. The Town Council is now working on this plan.