Builder wins appeal for 150 new homes in Saffron Walden

Uttlesford District Council said the scheme did not provide sufficient green and amenity space

A developer has won an appeal to build 150 homes in Saffron Walden.
The scheme, east of Thaxted Road, had been refused by Uttlesford District Council in February last year as the local authority said it did not provide sufficient green and amenity space. It was also unhappy with the siting of the play area.
However, Bellway Homes appealed the decision and on Friday, January 29, a planning inspector concluded the lack of an Uttlesford Local Plan meant there was no adopted policy specifying the amount of green and amenity space required in a development. Concerns over the play area were also dismissed.
The scheme had already been granted outline planning permission in April 2019. Of the 150 properties, 60 will be affordable via shared ownership or rent.
The first homes are due to be finished by spring next year.