Members of the public can attend an open weekend to view revised proposals for 16 new homes at Saffron Walden almshouses.

The information about will be on display in the chapel at the almshouses on Abbey Lane from 10am to 4pm on Saturday, April 20 and from midday to 4pm on Sunday, April 21.

The scheme - entitled Project Crocus - will see seven existing bungalows replaced on Primes Close.

A planning application was originally submitted in April 2023 to create a suite of modern, low-carbon sustainable units for £5m.

The application was withdrawn in October following feedback from Uttlesford District Council's planning team and the almshouse charity's own advisors.

Having addressed the council's comments, a revised planning application will be submitted in May this year.

Gary Hyams, chair of trustees for the Saffron Walden almshouses, said: "Project Crocus is all about putting local people first.

"The Primes Close bungalows are no longer fit for purpose, we can no longer offer as many safe, affordable homes for people on low incomes with limited savings and our vision is to increase the much-needed low-cost accommodation that we provide in Saffron Walden.

"We were disappointed that UDC Planning were unable to support our 2023 planning application and, having addressed some technical issues that UDC raised, we look forward with confidence to hearing later in 2024 the outcome of our re-application."

At the open weekend, trustees will be on hand to answer questions about the new development, and the hope that it will benefit people struggling to find low-cost accommodation in the town.

The drop-in event will include displays with architects' impressions of the proposed new building, building programme and construction approach.

The King Edward VI Almshouse Charity offers homes for people of modest means and living on a low income.


There are 47 unfurnished dwellings in the charity's remit, situated in Abbey Lane, Primes Close and Freshwell Street.

Applicants must be residents of Saffron Walden or adjacent villages, or have a strong demonstrable connection to the town.

Unlike many almshouses, which are typically for older people, the homes in Saffron Walden do not have a lower age limit.