Homes and primary school given green light in Saffron Walden

PUBLISHED: 08:21 30 January 2017 | UPDATED: 08:21 30 January 2017

Bloor Homes Street Scene

Bloor Homes Street Scene

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New homes and a primary school are to be built at two sites in Saffron Walden.

A development of 200 homes, ranging from one bedroom flats to houses with up to five bedrooms, will be built by Linden Homes at a new development off Radwinter Road. Included in the plan are 20 one-bed homes, 39 two-bed homes, 45 three-bed homes, 57 four-bed homes and 39 five-bed homes.

The project is expected to be completed by 2020.

Planning permission has been given by Uttlesford District Council for a mixed-use scheme including space for businesses, a care home, business public open space and land for a new primary school. Work is expected to begin in the late spring.

The plans will generate £1,685,458 for infrastructure and services, funded by Linden Homes. The project is expected to create some 300 jobs.

Prices are yet to be confirmed for the Linden properties, but 40 per cent of these will be affordable and five per cent will be bungalows.

Meanwhile, Bloor Homes has acquired land for 162 new homes at a 12-acre site off Ashdon Road, at the north eastern edge of the town, previously occupied by Ridgeons.

The Bloor development, to be known as Mortimers Gate, will include one and two-bedroom flats, and two to four-bedroom houses with 64 of the properties as affordable housing. Open spaces will include a children’s play area and a mini grass football pitch.

Bloor Homes will put more than £1million towards local services and infrastructure, including up to £723,541 towards primary education places, £446,659 for secondary education places, up to £223,445 for early years childcare provision, £170,000 towards highways improvements, £36,790 for healthcare, £80,000 towards the Wenden Road cycle path, £5,000 for a parking scheme to improve traffic movement along Ashdon Road, and a contribution towards extra bus services to the town centre and Audley End railway station.

Work should begin in March.

Linden Homes was named Developer of the Year at the 2016 New Energy and Cleantech awards in recognition of its efforts to place environmentally-friendly and renewable energy features at the heart of its developments.

The company also won a Silver What House? award in 2015 for Sustainable Developer of the Year, as well as two awards in 2014.

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