R4U believes that a recently published highways study by Essex County Council derails Uttlesford District Council’s proposals to build 1350 new homes on the east of Saffron Walden.
The ECC Saffron Walden Traffic Study Update, November 2016 was produced by ECC for UDC under a commercial contract with ECC to provide evidence to support UDC’s draft Local Plan. It is an update to October 2013 and March 2014 studies produced to support UDC’s 2014 draft Local Plan proposals to build 800 homes on the east of Saffron Walden. That 2014 draft Plan was rejected by the Planning Inspector for a number of reasons including the town’s road network and a question-mark over the deliverability of any new roads. Just after the rejection of the draft Plan, one of UDC’s flagship sites for new homes on the east of Saffron Walden was also rejected by the Planning Inspector, who again cited issues with the road network.
In the summer of 2016 and again in November, UDC stated that they wanted to build 1350 new homes in Saffron Walden as part of their new Local Plan. UDC has already approved 600, even though their Local Plan is still a draft; and the UDC Cabinet is currently proposing a further 750 new homes on the east of the town, making 1350 in total.
The 2016 traffic/highways update was published by UDC in November, but is unavailable on the UDC website. It can be downloaded from the R4U website.