BBC’s Reeta Chakrabarti films housing programme in Uttlesford

Councillor Julie Redfearn speaks to the BBC's Reeta Chakrabarti at Mead Court in Stansted

Councillor Julie Redfearn speaks to the BBC's Reeta Chakrabarti at Mead Court in Stansted - Credit: Archant

BBC News presenter Reeta Chakrabarti was in Uttlesford on Tuesday (October 6), filming part of a new series on housing that will be broadcast on the News at Ten in a few weeks time.

A BBC cameraman films market traders in Saffron Walden

A BBC cameraman films market traders in Saffron Walden - Credit: Archant

The package will focus on the affordable housing dilemma, and specifically people’s views on where new homes should be situated in towns around the country.

The production team spent the morning filming market day in the square at Saffron Walden, getting shots of traders and interviewing members of the public, before heading to Mead Court in Stansted, where new council homes are being built, to speak with Councillor Julie Redfearn about the subject.

Producer Dominic Hurst said: “The programme is looking at how many people want to live in beautiful places like Saffron Walden, and the objections that residents have to new housing. We are seeking views from all parties, such as residents groups, Uttlesford District Council and developers.”

Mr Hurst said that the programme is a three-part series on housing and is likely to be shown on BBC News at Ten the week commencing October 19.

The filming intrigued many traders and passersby in the market square at Saffron Walden, with many stopping to get a glimpse of the action.

Nigel Sault, 53, who served coffee to the production team from his van in the square, said: “I think they were just looking for a quiet coffee, and a place to rest their feet after filming.

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“She [Mrs Chakrabarti] was very nice, and asked me if I thought new houses should be built in the area. I was happy to chat, and it made for a more interesting than normal morning.”