Plans for more than 400 homes in Dunmow and land for education purposes unveiled

PUBLISHED: 08:37 26 November 2018 | UPDATED: 08:37 26 November 2018

The plan for land south of Stortford Road in Dunmow. Picture: Kier Living and SBS ltd.

The plan for land south of Stortford Road in Dunmow. Picture: Kier Living and SBS ltd.


More than 400 new homes could be built on the outskirts of Dunmow, under plans to submitted to Uttlesford District Council (UDC).

The application, for a site to the south of Stortford Road, is expected to be heard early next year by members of UDC’s planning committee.

Siemens Benefit Scheme Ltd and Keir Living submitted the plans, which also includes an agreement for about 35 acres to be safeguarded for education use and plans for two roundabouts to be expanded for access to the site.

The application seeks full permission for the demolition of existing buildings, including Staggs Farm and the first phase of development on the site.

The first phase includes the construction of 108 new dwellings with 41 per cent affordable homes, internal circulation roads and car parking, open space and infrastructure.

A further, outline planning application was submitted for the construction of up to 332 dwellings, 1,800 square metres for a health centre and the provision of open spaces.

According to the design and access statement, the primary access into the site will be from the two existing roundabouts in Stortford Road and the B1256, with a new arm built on each and footpaths introduced.

Two toucan crossing points will be installed across Stortford Road, allowing pedestrians to cross to the supermarket and primary schools.

Pedestrian links to walking route the Flitch Way are also proposed within the site.

The proposed location for the new health centre, to the western section of the site, off Stortford Road, is supported by the West Essex Clinical Commissioning Group. More information about the health centre will follow if the outline application is approved.

The site is included in the latest version of UDC’s local plan which sets out areas where future housing development will go in the district.

Requirements for the development, outlined in the local plan document, include part funding or providing land for the provision of a new secondary school. The local plan will be submitted to a government inspector before it is adopted by the council.

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