Residents’ concerns over plans for Farmadine Grove junction

PUBLISHED: 09:10 16 November 2017

Residents of Farmadine Grove stand by the location of the proposed new road junction during a typical morning of school traffic passing by on South Road. Picture: CONTRIBUTED

Residents of Farmadine Grove stand by the location of the proposed new road junction during a typical morning of school traffic passing by on South Road. Picture: CONTRIBUTED

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Residents of a street in Saffron Walden have slammed the creation of new road junction in the town.

People living on Farmadine Grove are angered at the plans which would see the new junction at the end of what was previously a private road.

In 2014 a temporary ramp was installed to allow access to engineering works on the South Road railway bridge, which sits adjacent to the road.

Sheffield based developers Camstead Homes then applied to build four new properties on the land next to the bridge.

Permission for the new homes was granted in November last year.

Since then Camstead Homes have applied to Uttlesford District Council for a further property to be built on this site. This application is yet to be decided upon.

One of the main problems raised by residents is the access that would be required to reach the new homes, with current arrangements being described as as “totally inappropriate”.

One resident said: “Camstead Homes were invited to meet the residents and we all expressed our concerns over their proposed access, both its legality and most importantly the safety.

“Its representative failed to listen to our concerns of the dangers. How can someone who sits remotely in an office know what we as residents can see and endure on a day-to-day basis?”

The traffic that the properties would bring to the area is also a concern for residents with concerns already being raised about the current junctions safety.

A spokesperson for residents said: “With two primary schools in close proximity, the traffic during the day can be challenging, add to that the parent/child pedestrian movements, it makes negotiating this blind junction a nightmare.

“The additional traffic this proposed development would create, and at such a pinch point, will only add to the dangers. Not content with a development of four houses, which the conservation officer has already recognised as excessive in scale, the developer has now applied for a fifth house. It is like first sticking in the knife, and now twisting it. Enough is enough.”

A decision on the plans is due to be made at Uttlesford District Council’s Planning Committee meeting on November 22.

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