The UDC Cabinet’s failing Local Plan will force new Saffron Walden students to Newport due to the lack of planned spaces.
In its Local Plan UDC must find space for more than 4,600 new homes in addition to the 7,000 that it has already approved. In their draft Local Plan, UDC is targeting more than 1,300 of those homes for Saffron Walden. Following the publication of a key ‘viability report‘ commissioned UDC, R4U has expressed concerns over school places.
“Furthermore estate agents are marketing new homes on the basis of quality town schooling, which has now become extreme misrepresentation. Cllr John Lodge has pledged to devote all his efforts on the Local Plan Process, and I am R4U’s ECC candidate for the elections in May 2017. If elected, a key part of my role will be pushing for a realistic and deliverable long-term education strategy, representing locals with their education and school bus issues.”
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 leads Uttlesford District Council (UDC). It is the fastest growing local political movement in its district. In its first election in 2015 it became the second party at UDC. In 2017 it solidified its position with a further by-election gain with 60% of the vote. In the May 2019 Local Elections R4U gained majority control of UDC winning two-thirds of the seats. The result delivered the biggest loss of seats by any UK Conservative controlled council in the UK.
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 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.