Business, Local Economy & Tourism

Saffron Walden is an ancient market town whose history is based upon acting as a hub for the local area and providing a location for people to work and trade. Whilst the town still has an active market and many small and a few medium-sized businesses, things have moved on in the wider economy.

We sit near a (relatively) quick railway line into London. We are on the edge of the Cambridge hi-tech triangle, and Stansted Airport is a close-by European travel hub.

Our Neighbourhood Plan will allow us to guide the Saffron Walden economy and business environment.  But we’ll have to answer a few questions first, such as:

  • What does it mean to be a 21st Century Market Town?
  • How does the town and its businesses cash-in on its proximity to the Cambridge and London job markets?
  • How to we encourage people to visit and shop in our town?
  • How do we support our local business traders?
  • Which parts of the town are the right areas for industry and commercial businesses, and what types could we hope to attract?
  • What infrastructure is required to bring new businesses to Saffron Walden?
  • What do our surrounding villages, such as Little Walden, Newport, Ashdon and Debden need from Saffron Walden?

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