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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

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: 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

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

Walden Weekly: “New town” is only housing solution

In its front-page story, Saffron Walden Weekly News reporter Leanne Ehren writes: EVEN more houses are needed in Uttlesford – and the only way forward is to build a new town, campaigners have said. Newly-published Census data indicates the draft

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

Press Release: Credibility of Uttlesford Local Plan collapses as new data reveals 35% more houses required

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New requirement for 1,455 further homes means that new town is the only remaining sustainable option Newly published government census data indicates that the draft Uttlesford Local Plan significantly underestimates the requirement for new housing by 35%, which is 1,155

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

Even a draft Local Plan protects from predatory developers

Website PlanningResource.co.uk writes that even a Local Plan in draft form provides protection for councils over predatory developers. Housing developer Wainhomes had their application to build 1,300 turned down by the local council on Cornwall. The developer then had their

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Posted in Planning, Uttlesford Local Plan

Hull Local Plan rejected by HM Inspector; lessons to be learnt

In an interesting development in Hull, the city council’s local development plan has been rejected by HM Inspector. Amongst other things, the Planning Inspectorate found that Hull City Council’s Core Strategy document did not comply with the National Planning Policy

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Posted in Planning, 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

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