New housing and runway slammed

PUBLISHED: 05:50 08 February 2007 | UPDATED: 10:10 31 May 2010

THE Government s support for a second runway at Stansted Airport will affect people s quality of life in the area, according to the East of England Regional Assembly (EERA). Proposals for 30,000 more homes in the region as part of changes to the East of E

THE Government's support for a second runway at Stansted Airport will affect people's quality of life in the area, according to the East of England Regional Assembly (EERA).

Proposals for 30,000 more homes in the region as part of changes to the East of England Plan have also been attacked by the assembly due to a lack of extra funding. Under the draft plan, 8000 new homes will be built in Uttlesford in 14 years.

The Government published its proposed changes to EERA's draft plan in December and the assembly met on Friday to voice its concerns.

EERA chairman, Cllr Sue Sida-Lockett, said: "The assembly is united in rejecting the need for 30,000 more homes, a second runway at Stansted Airport and houses without much needed funding for infrastructure."

Deputy chairman, Cllr Chris White, said the Government must listen to residents before the current public consultation period ends on March 19.

"The region's quality of life and precious environment will be at risk if the Government does not listen to the views of local communities," he said.

In a motion passed at the meeting, EERA said the proposed changes to the plan, which would see 508,000 homes built in the region by 2021, were "neither deliverable nor sustainable."

"The EERA has particular concerns about unresolved issues of transportation infrastructure, water supply, waste water treatment capacity and health service provision," the motion read.

The East of England Plan is the document guiding planning and development in the region until 2021.

The plan looks at economic development, housing and transport. The final draft is due to be published by the Government this summer.

Although the majority of new homes in Uttlesford have either been built or planned, UDC still needs to find locations for 3000 of them. Areas being considered include Saffron Walden, Dunmow and Stansted.

To comment on the plans visit www.uttlesford.gov.uk or call 01799 510467 before Friday March 9.

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