Saffron Walden – Uttlesford Local Plan

Saffron Walden in Essex has 6,700 households. With the remains of a Normal castle and unspoilt mediaeval architecture it is one of the most historic market towns in the country. The town’s road network is based on the mediaeval street pattern.

The town saw little growth until late Victorian times, and then again in the 1970s. The town was targeted by Uttlesford District Council for a minimum of 1,050 new homes in its failed Local Plan. Over 800 of these were approved before the draft Local Plan was rejected in 2014.

Critically UDC only considered locations to the east of the town, a long way from the transport corridors on the west, and forcing traffic through the town and residential neighbourhoods. The failed plan also contained little in the way of infrastructure, leading to schools, doctors and sewers that are over capacity.

Development Already Approved

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2015 new Local Plan Context

After their draft Local Plan was rejected, Uttlesford District Council started a new Local Plan process in 2015. The start of the process included a ‘call for sites’. This asked all landowners and developers to come forward with land that they’d like to develop within the Local Plan period. In effect this means between now and 2033. There are a surplus of potential development sites across the district, so the council will consult and consider which ones it wishes to include as part of its Local Plan.

Development Sites Being Considered

Below are the possible new (2015) Local Plan sites in the village.

Saffron Walden, Essex Local Plan

More Information

Key Planning Applications for Saffron Walden

See the Planning Applications section for all major planning applications.

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4 comments on “Saffron Walden – Uttlesford Local Plan
  1. Peter young says:

    There are currently bee orchids flowering all over Rigeons football field.As part of their so called relocation plan for plants and wildlife you’d think they would be aware ,and marking the growth areas – but then again having seen their total disregard for public opinion to their plans I am really not surprised.

  2. TL says:

    My parents are Saffron Walden residents but there is a huge disparity between wages and house prices due to a chronic undersupply of housing. Housebuilding is at its lowest level since WW2. I think it is a very bitter pill to swallow but one that will be greatly appreciated by future generations. More housing will help new buyers and ease the pressure on rents for young workers.

    • We agree that affordability is a huge issue for the whole of the south east. In fact the Planning Inspector found that UDC weren’t approving enough new homes, which was one of the reasons he rejected the draft Local Plan. However he also had significant concerns about where they were being built. All the infrastructure needs to be provided and he said Elsenham was unsuitable and said the plan for Saffron Walden was unsound without ‘Major Modifications’. We do need more new homes, but they have to be properly planned and the infrastructure needs to be there – UDC has not done this.

  3. Amy Corzine says:

    Ideas for building with earth:

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