CPRE Essex evidence helps sink plans for big development at Takeley

The scheme would have had a dramatic impact on Prior's Wood (pic Weston Homes)

We were delighted to receive the news that an appeal by Weston Homes in relation to a large mixed-use development at Takeley has been dismissed.
The proposed development would have involved the construction of 190 dwellings and more than 3,500 square metres of industrial space on 26 hectares of high-quality arable land.
The site was particularly sensitive and the development would have caused considerable harm to the setting of a Grade 1-listed building, 10 other listed buildings, a scheduled ancient monument and a substantial area of ancient woodland.
It would have taken one of its principal points of access off a ‘protected lane’ and effectively destroy what remained of the historic Warish Hall site (formerly St Valery’s Priory).
The application was, surprisingly, recommended for approval by planning officers but unanimously refused by the planning committee of Uttlesford District Council.
At the appeal inquiry, Takeley Parish Council appeared as a Rule 6 party and was supported by CPRE Essex, who gave evidence to the inspector.
It was particularly satisfying that the grounds for dismissal related principally to the effect on heritage assets and the historic landscape, the two main issues addressed by the CPRE Essex evidence.