Wednesday 16th March 2015, Saffron Walden: Residents for Uttlesford (R4U), the local party of towns and villages, has published a traffic map of Saffron Walden to highlight the traffic problems that will be caused by the current District Council administration’s failed Local Plan. The map is based on a new traffic report produced by Transport Planning Associates which uses underlying Essex County Council data.
Last year UDC’s Local Plan was rejected by the Planning Inspectorate, but not before UDC had already approved over 600 new homes in Saffron Walden. An appeal for 300 more by Kier is being heard this week. The application under appeal is opposed by residents and the Saffron Walden Town Council. UDC decided not to fight the appeal because it is one of the sites they promoted in their rejected Local Plan.
In his Local Plan refusal, Inspector Roy Foster criticised plans for large-scale building in Saffron Walden, stating that “Major Modifications” were required to the road and traffic proposals. This latest report, produced for home-builder Kier, serves to underscore his concerns.
About Residents for Uttlesford
Residents for Uttlesford (R4U) is the local independent party of north-west Essex towns and villages. Formed in 2014 by a number of residents’ groups, the party believes that on local issues residents should decide, not Westminster parties. R4U’s success has been based on the desire to give local people a voice and implement long range strategic and sustainable plans for their area.
R4U leads Uttlesford District Council (UDC). In its first election in 2015 it became the second party at UDC. In the May 2019 R4U took majority control of UDC by gaining two-thirds of the seats. Since then it has set about re-engineering the now award-winning council operates, rebuilding the finances and fixing how planning is done. In 2021 the party won half the Essex County Council seats in Uttlesford district.
R4U also leads Saffron Walden Town Council, where under its stewardship the council has rebuilt finances, invested in community assets, and won multiple awards, including the best run council in Essex. It is a minority party on Great Dunmow Town Council.
Residents for Uttlesford can be found on the web at www.residents4u.org.