Bloor Homes unveils outline plans for 168 homes on outskirts of Stansted
Bloor Homes has submitted outline plans to develop land to the west of Pennington Lane in Stansted with 168 new homes.
Villagers who have been fighting for years to prevent development around the designated 'Quiet Lane' were braced for this latest move following a public consultation held by the applicant during lockdown to test the water.
Plans include 40& affordable housing, a range of one- to four-bedroom homes, a play area and public open space.
James Hogg, chair of opposition group Save Stansted Village (SSV), said many residents were "dismayed" to learn that Bloor Homes had finally submitted its plans for the site, which lies on the opposite side of the lane to the Walpole Meadows development.
"This is in a location which has never been in any Local Plan and is a highly valued amenity by residents across Stansted. It is located in a tranquil area which is extensively used by dog walkers, cyclists, horse riders and where young children learn to ride their bikes. The new development will completely destroy this amenity and the anguish of villagers is palpable," he said.
"This application follows an inadequate public consultation held in the middle of lockdown and where the views of residents have been completely ignored, including the plea from the parish council to hold a meaningful consultation later this year, when residents can have their say."
Mr Hogg said the scheme was the latest in a long line of failed planning applications in this location and that the lack of a Local Plan for Uttlesford had paved the way.
"The developer has seen an opportunity to take advantage of the issues caused by the failure to agree the Uttlesford District Local Plan. This situation could lead to a plethora of further inappropriate planning applications around Stansted, which has already seen a huge increase in housing over the last 10 years to an extent where infrastructure, roads, schools and other essential amenities simply cannot cope.
"Another major concern is the huge safety risk associated with access to the site. This is through a built-up residential area with proximity to the local primary school [Bentfield], which also caters for children with special needs. A number of near misses have been reported in the past, and with additional traffic, it is only a matter of time before a more tragic incident occurs.
"SSV had hoped that this would draw a line under this location. However, we are ready once again to fight on behalf of the majority of residents in Stansted who are vehemently against the irreparable damage which would be caused should this development proceed."
Stansted Parish Council has yet to meet to consider its response.