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The Four Options shown below have been scanned from the original Uttlesford Consultation paper, Housing Options, which may be viewed on their web site at www.uttlesford.gov.uk  Unfortunately, they do not include a map of the affected areas so we are endeavouring to get one from the developers, Fairfield Partnership, which we can use without breaching copyright.
 
OPTION I

Distributing development between the district's three main settlements of Saffron Walden (1600 homes), Great Dunmow (2130 homes) and Stansted Mountfitchet (470 homes)

About this option

bullet The main centres are capable of offering employment and services
bullet It will increase the opportunity to work locally as the council will seek to encourage employment growth through mixed residential and business developments or setting aside land for business use
bullet It would provide housing and employment development in Saffron Walden, which is close to Cambridge
bullet It would also locate employment in Great Dunmow and Stansted Mountfitchet, close to Stansted Airport and the M11
bullet It would provide affordable housing in the district's largest settlements where there is a significant demand but will provide little opportunity for affordable housing in the villages
bullet It takes development away from the villages and countryside, thus retaining their historic and rural character
bullet However, it would have an impact on the distinctiveness of the main settlements
bullet It gives more opportunity for people to get to work by foot, cycle or public transport

Infrastructure

bullet Additional land for new employment would need to be identified in each of the settlements
bullet New primary schools, primary health care and community facilities, sport and play space would be needed
bullet Increasing secondary school accommodation would be more difficult

OPTION 2

Distributing development across the three main settlements of Saffron Walden (1200 homes), Great Dunmow (1000 homes) and Stansted Mountfitchet (30 homes) plus Newport (200 homes), Elsenham (750 homes), Thaxted (60 homes), Great Chesterford (80 homes) and Little Canfield/Takeley (750 homes) and 130 homes in other villages

About this option

bullet As in Option 1 it will increase the opportunity to work locally and provide affordable housing in the district's largest settlements
bullet The villages identified are "key service centres" - large villages with a good level of services
bullet It will retain the emphasis on the towns but reduce the level of development compared to Option 1, placing less strain on existing services
bullet It would allow for minor growth of smaller villages which could contribute some affordable housing
bullet The scale of development in villages would have limited impact on the distinctiveness of their historic character
bullet Reducing the scale of development in towns would significantly reduce the impact on their distinctiveness
bullet It gives more opportunity for people to get to work by foot, cycle or public transport

Infrastructure

bullet Additional land for employment would need to be identified in Saffron Walden, Great Dunmow, Elsenham and Takeley
bullet New primary schools, primary health care and community facilities, sport and play space would be needed
bullet Increasing secondary school accommodation would be more difficult

Option 3

As Option 2, but with significantly less development at Little Canfield/Takeley (60 homes instead of 750 homes) and a significant increase at Elsenham as the start of a new settlement (1440 homes instead of 750 homes)

About this option

bullet As in Options 1 and 2 it will increase the opportunity to work locally and provide affordable housing in the district's largest settlements
bullet Directing development to Elsenham as the start of a new settlement is designed to relieve key settlements of development pressure and to start to plan for development in the future
bullet There would be a visual impact on the area north east of Elsenham
bullet Elsenham benefits from a railway station providing a service every 30 minutes at peak times

 

Infrastructure

bullet Additional land for employment would need to be identified in Saffron Walden, Great Dunmow and Elsenham
bullet New primary schools, primary health care, sport and play space would be needed
bullet Increasing secondary school accommodation would be more difficult
bullet In the long term, a new settlement of at least 3000 homes north east of Elsenham would make a new secondary school viable
bullet Development north east of Elsenham would need to include a mixed use centre - shops, businesses, homes and community facilities - to form the heart of a new community

 

Option Four Preferred Option

Creating a new settlement north east of Elsenham (3000 homes) plus 750 dwellings in larger towns, and 250 dwellings in villages.

About this option

bullet It takes Option 3 a step further and establishes a new settlement which can be developed in a sustainable manner, incorporating the necessary infrastructure
bulletIt will increase the opportunity to work locally in Elsenham. It would provide facilities for businesses close to Stansted Airport and the M 11
bulletIt would provide affordable housing within the new settlement, but unlike the other options would not meet the needs of other settlements to the same extent
bulletIt significantly reduces the strain on existing infrastructure in the other settlements, many of which already have significant committed development
bulletLess development in the towns and villages will protect their historic character and distinctiveness
bulletThere would be a significant visual impact on the area north east of the village and potentially in the longer term to the south west of Henham

 

Infrastructure

bullet A new settlement at Elsenham can focus on Elsenham railway station
bullet The new settlement would include a village centre, containing a number of shops, health care facilities and community buildings
bullet The development would need to provide employment, new primary schools and a secondary school, along with sport and play space
bullet To take traffic away from the level crossing, the development would need an internal link road from Old Mead Road to Henham Road and Hall Road, east of Elsenham Cross
bullet The frequency of the bus service to Stansted Airport, Stansted Mountfitchet and Bishop's Stortford will need to be increased
bullet The scale of development will better facilitate on site renewable energy generation and adoption of low carbon technology

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