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Press Release: Residents’ asked to participate in developing a Town Plan for the future of Saffron Walden at kick-off event on 22nd March

Saffron Walden Town Hall

Monday 10th March 2014: Saffron Walden based WeAreResidents.org has announced it intends to build a strategic vision and plan for the town, working with other local residents and organisations. To start the process the group are holding a public consultation

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Posted in Consultation, Economy and Tourism, Education and Schools, Employment, Events, Families and Youth, News, Planning, Press Releases, Town Plan, Traffic, Uttlesford District Council, Uttlesford Local Plan

New homes and business park at Ridgeons seems the right type of development for Saffron Walden, but issues need to be addressed before residents can support it

WeAreResidents.org

Uttlesford based WeAreResidents.org has submitted its formal response to the District Council for Ridgeons’ proposed development of 167 new homes, a business park, hotel and convenience store on its site in Saffron Walden. In the response the group have supported

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Posted in Consultation, Economy and Tourism, Employment, News, Planning, Planning Application News, Pollution and Air Quality, Press Releases, Traffic, Uttlesford District Council, Uttlesford Local Plan

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

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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: 3D map to show scale of UDC new housing proposals on Saffron Walden

The WeAreResidents.org group that opposes the district council’s proposals to build nearly 1,000 new homes in Saffron Walden will take their campaign to the streets again next weekend. The group are planning to showcase the impact of UDC’s plans via

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Posted in Consultation, Planning, Pollution and Air Quality, Press Releases, 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

Political stalemate over Local Plan

Lib Dems

We were sent another press release by the Uttlesford Lib Dems this week about their on-going boycott of the of the Uttlesford Local Plan process due to secret meetings: Press Release: Heads of Lib Dems and Conservatives Meet On Thursday,

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Posted in Consultation, Rotten Boroughs, Uttlesford District Council, Uttlesford Local Plan

Suspicions of secrecy by UDC “elite group” confirmed

In the on-going story about the Uttlesford Local Plan process boycott by Uttlesford District Council Lib-Dems, today the Lib-Dems have issued the following press release: Lib Dem Suspicions of Secrecy Confirmed Following the withdrawal of the Uttlesford Lib Dems from

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

Lib-Dems boycott flawed planning process

We were sent this press release by the local Lib-Dems  today: Monday, 27th August 2012; from Uttlesford District Council Liberal Democrats Liberal Democrat councillors have stepped down from positions on Uttlesford District Council’s Local Development Framework (LDF) working group following

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Posted in Rotten Boroughs, Uttlesford District Council, Uttlesford Local Plan

More accusations of UDC dealing behind closed doors

The accusations of bias and unminuted meetings at UDC just don’t seem to go away. This week we hear that it involves the Local Development Framework (LDF) Working Group. These are the very people that are trusted to work on

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Posted in Planning, Rotten Boroughs, Uttlesford District Council, Uttlesford Local Plan

Document: WeAreResidents.org formal response to draft Uttlesford Local Plan

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WeAreResidents.org strongly object to the proposed July 2012 draft of the Uttlesford Local Plan because of poor sustainability, lack of required local job creation, traffic and emission impacts as well as other issues. WeAreResidents.org cannot understand why UDC are proposing

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Posted in Consultation, Planning, Reports and Documents, Uttlesford District Council, Uttlesford Local Plan

Newport Parish Council objects to UDC housing plan

Newport Parish Council (NPC) has joined Great Dunmow and Saffron Walden Town Councils in also objecting to the UDC Plan. In a 19th July letter to UDC development head Andrew Taylor, NPC says “The Council strongly objects to the proposals

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Posted in Consultation, Planning, Uttlesford District Council, Uttlesford Local Plan

Dunmow Town Council rejects Local Plan

Here is a press release issued today by Great Dunmow Town Council: 12-July 2012: The Great Dunmow Town Council has rejected the Uttlesford District Council Draft Local Plan for the reasons set out below. The District Council has failed in

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Press Release: UDC housing proposals will ruin the fabric, character and life of Saffron Walden

WeAreResidents.org

Uttlesford residents urged to respond to UDC housing plan before 23rd July  Last week saw the successful launch of WeAreResidents.org’s campaign to oppose Uttlesford District Council’s new proposals to force large housing developments on Saffron Walden, Great Dunmow, Newport, Elsenham

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Posted in Consultation, Families and Youth, Pollution and Air Quality, Press Releases, Uttlesford District Council, Uttlesford Local Plan

Press Release: Launch of WeAreResidents.org campaign to oppose Uttlesford District Council housing proposals

WeAreResidents.org

Uttlesford residents urged to respond to UDC housing plan Saffron Walden, 3rd July 2012: The Saffron Walden-based WeAreResidents.org group announces the launch of its campaign to oppose Uttlesford District Council’s new proposals to force large housing developments on Saffron Walden,

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

Whitepaper: New town only sustainable strategy

WeAreResidents.org member and lawyer Paul Gadd reviews the history and predecessors to the current Uttlesford Local Development Plan. He reviews all the evidence and seeks to draw conclusions as to the best strategic approach for housing now and for the

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Posted in Consultation, Planning, Uttlesford District Council, Uttlesford Local Plan

Uttlesford Local Plan Consultation Date – June 19th

UDC has published dates for the second round of tax-payer consultation. For Saffron Walden it is Tuesday June 19th in the Town Hall (10AM to 8PM). This is where you can raise concerns about the impacts of the plan. If

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Posted in Consultation, Planning, Pollution and Air Quality, Traffic, Uttlesford District Council