UDC takes action to require developer of 85 home site to deliver promised community benefits and houses that meet national standards

The new UDC Planning Committee has refused the Detailed Planning application made by a housing developer of a large site in Saffron Walden because it failed to meet national housing standards and previously committed green spaces.

Outline planning permission for 85 new homes on the controversial site on Little Walden Road was given to developer Gladman on appeal by the Planning Inspector in 2017. Last week the UDC Planning Committee rejected the follow on Detailed Planning application (UTT/18/2959/DFO) because of major changes to the design.

Paul Gadd (R4U) Paul Gadd (R4U)

Cllr Paul Gadd, R4U Leader at Saffron Walden Town Council, said “In the appeal decision the Planning Inspector was very clear that the Detailed Planning application would need to follow the Outline Planning approval. Instead a new application was submitted that redesigned the site. This new application significantly reduced the green space and proposed houses that were smaller than national minimum size standards. Saffron Walden Town Council filed an objection with UDC. Whilst UDC can’t overturn the approval by the Planning Inspector, they can require the developer to adhere to what was previously approved. It is not right that residents should lose out when developers seek to increase their profits by reducing the community space and building sub-standard housing. It is good to see the new UDC administration taking a firm line with developers and requiring them to stick to their planning obligations.”

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