APPENDICES

APPENDIX 1 – STRATEGIC LOCAL PLAN POLICIES

UTTLESFORD DISTRICT COUNCIL CONSIDERS THE FOLLOWING ADOPTED LOCAL PLAN (2005) POLICIES “STRATEGIC” FOR THE PURPOSES OF NEIGHBOURHOOD PLANNING:

Uttlesford District Council considers the following Adopted Local Plan (2005) policies “strategic” for the purposes of neighbourhood planning:

  • Policy S1 Development Limits for the Main Urban Areas
  • Policy S3 Other Development Limits
  • Policy S4 Stansted Airport Boundary
  • Policy S7 The Countryside
  • Policy GEN 1 Access
  • Policy GEN 2 Design
  • Policy GEN 3 Flood Protection
  • Policy GEN 4 Good Neighbourliness
  • Policy GEN 6 Infrastructure Provision to support Development
  • Policy Gen 7 Nature Conservation
  • Policy E1 Distribution of Employment Land
  • Policy E2 Safeguarding Employment Land
  • Policy ENV 1 Design of Development within Conservation Areas Policy
  • ENV 5 Protection of Agricultural Land Policy
  • ENV 7 The Protection of the Natural Environment (Designated Sites)
  • Policy ENV 9 Historic Landscapes
  • Policy ENV 10 Noise Sensitive Development and Disturbance from Aircraft
  • Policy H 1 Housing Development (Not consistent with NPPF – LPA required to identify 5-year land supply with additional 5% buffer, increased to 20% if there is a record of persistent under delivery of housing)
  • Policy H 3 New Houses within Development Limits
  • Policy H 9 Affordable Housing
  • Policy H 11 Affordable Housing on “Exception Sites”
  • Policy LC 2 Access to Leisure and Cultural Facilities
  • Policy RS 1 Access to Retailing Centres
  • Policy RS 2 Town and Local Centres
  • Policy RS 3 Retention of Retail and Other Services in Rural Areas
  • Policy T 1 Transport Improvements

UTTLESFORD DISTRICT COUNCIL CONSIDERS THE FOLLOWING EMERGING LOCAL PLAN POLICIES “STRATEGIC” FOR THE PURPOSES OF NEIGHBOURHOOD PLANNING:

  • Policy SP 1 Presumption in favour of Development
  • Policy SP 2 The Spatial Strategy 2011- 2033
  • Policy SP 3 The Scale and Distribution of Housing Development
  • Policy SP 4 Provision of Jobs
  • Policy SP 5 Garden Community Principles
  • Policy SP 6 Easton Park Garden Community
  • Policy SP 7 North Uttlesford Garden Community
  • Policy SP 8 West of Braintree garden Community
  • Policy SP 9 Development within Development Limits
  • Policy SP 10 Protection of the Countryside
  • Policy SP 11 London Stansted Airport
  • Policy SP 12 Sustainable Development Principles
  • Policy H 1 Housing Density
  • Policy H 2 Housing Mix
  • Policy H 6 Affordable Housing
  • Policy H 9 Sites for Gypsies, Travellers and Travelling Showpeople
  • Policy EMP 1 Employment Strategy
  • Policy EMP 2 Existing and Proposed Employment Areas
  • Policy EMP 3 Rural Economy
  • Policy RET 1 Town and Local Centres
  • Policy RET 2 The Local an Impact of New Retail Development
  • Policy RET 4 Loss of Shops and Other Facilities
  • Policy TA 1 Accessible Development
  • Policy TA 2 Sustainable Transport
  • Policy TA 5 New Transport Infrastructure or Measures
  • Policy INF I Infrastructure Delivery
  • Policy INF 4 High Quality communications Infrastructure and Broadband
  • Policy D 1 High Quality Design
  • Policy D 4 Design Frameworks and Codes
  • Policy D 8 Sustainable Design and Construction
  • Policy EN 1 Protecting Historic Environment
  • Policy EN 8 Design of Development within Conservation Areas
  • Policy EN 11 Surface Water Flooding
  • Policy C 1 Protection of Landscape Character
  • Policy SAF 1 Land North of Thaxted Road
  • Policy SAF 8 Land South of Radwinter Road
  • Policy SAF 10 Residential Commitments
  • Policy SAF 11 Land North of Ashdon Road
  • Policy SAF 13 Land at Thaxted Road
  • Policy M 1 Monitoring and Review
  • Policy M 2 Implementation and Monitoring of Strategic projects

APPENDIX 2 – AIR QUALITY MANAGEMENT AREA

Defra Website July 2018 www.uk-air.defra.gov.uk:

Since December 1997 each local authority in the UK has been carrying out a review and assessment of air quality in their area. This involves measuring air pollution and trying to predict how it will change in the next few years. The aim of the review is to make sure that the national air quality objectives will be achieved throughout the UK by the relevant deadlines. These objectives have been put in place to protect people’s health and the environment.

If a local authority finds any places where the objectives are not likely to be achieved, it must declare an Air Quality Management Area there. 

In 2009 Defra declared 3 small Air Quality Management Areas (AQMAs) in Saffron Walden.

In 2012 further monitoring of air quality in Saffron Walden resulted in a larger AQMA being declared which covers the central area of the town. The figure below illustrates the radius.

Source: Uttlesford District Council Air Quality Action Plan 2017-2022,
Figure 3 Map of AQMA Boundary showing diffusion tube locations

APPENDIX 3 – TRANSPORT WISH LIST

Sustainable development must take into account the health and well-being for future generations as well as meeting immediate needs.

For reasons of improved mental and physical health and wellbeing, sustainable development is therefore inextricably linked to the reduction of private car journeys and a “modal shift” towards walking and cycling as much as possible, and towards public transport where distances are too far for these first options.

The Saffron Walden Neighbourhood Plan supports the following infrastructure improvements to help encourage people to walk or cycle for shorter journeys. This is not an exhaustive list and is in no particular order.

FOR CYCLISTS

 

Location

Description

1.

Battle ditches from Abbey Lane to Saxon Way –

Widen existing tarmac path to permit cycle path (no need to separate) along top of battle ditches, as per 1998 ECC Cycle Strategy proposal, which establishes continuity between the town centre and the cycle route along Wenden Road (via Abbey Lane, the battle ditches and Saxon Way)

2.

Abbey Lane

Make two-way for cycling up to High St junction

3.

Gold St

Make 2-way for cyclists.  Enables cyclists to reach the town centre from the south avoiding the High St / George St junction

4.

Audley Road

Make 2-way for cyclists between Station Street and Fairycroft Road (change of signs and signage on carriageway or formal path as preferred)

5.

Market Row

Make 2-way for cyclists

6.

Museum Street

Make 2-way for cyclists

7.

London Road / Gibson Gardens

Remove cycle prohibition on cut through behind UDC offices

8.

King Street

Possibly introduce an advisory lane or just allow 2-way cycling (change of signs and signage on carriageway)

9.

South Road

Make 2-way for cyclists (change of signs and signage on carriageway – space for formal cycle path in parts potentially?)

10.

Market Hill

Make 2-way for cyclists (change of signs and signage on carriageway – no space for formal cycle path)

11.

High St / Park Lane

Cycle access on cut through between High St and Park St – dropped kerb if not installed as part of High St crossing

12.

Ashdon Road

On wide pavement on south side, delineate part as cycle path between Elizabeth Way and Hollyhocks Road – should just require white line and carriageway markings

13.

Hinxton to Saffron Walden

Introduce cycle route

14.

Wimbish to Saffron Walden

Introduce cycle route

FOR PEDESTRIANS

 

Location

Description

1.

Church Street / Museum street / Market Hill

Improve the crossing facilities at this junction

2.

Debden Road junction w. London Road

Improve the crossing safety at this junction e.g. by introducing a pedestrian refuge

3.

Audley End Road between Copperfields and County High School

Improve the desirability of this footpath; upgrade the surface from mud to tarmac and add lighting

4.

Market Square

Part or wholly pedestrianise

5.

Junction of Castle Street and High Street/Bridge Street

Improve the crossing safety at this junction

6.

Raised table across Ashdon Road at De Bohun Court

Formalise crossing point by e.g. by making it a zebra crossing

7.

Junction of Highfields and Ashdon Road

Make it safer to cross Ashdon Road at the bottom of Highfields

8.

Little Walden Road by Caton Lane

Add double yellow lines to make this junction safer

9.

Ashdon Road north side between Whiteshot Way and Harvey Way

Formalise desire line (mud path) and install tarmac footway

10.

Ashdon Road crossing next to Harvey Way

Install a zebra crossing

11.

Ashdon road roundabout next to Clutton Road and De Vigier Avenue

Improve the crossing safety at this junction e.g. by introducing a pedestrian refuge

12.

High Street crossing between Park Lane and King Street

Install a pedestrian crossing

13.

Newport Road

Pedestrian crossing near Beeches Close

14.

Little Walden Road crossing adjacent to Pound Walk

Install a pedestrian crossing

15.

Landscape View crossing between Rowntree Way and Hill Top Lane

Install a pedestrian crossing

16.

London Road near UDC offices

Install a pedestrian crossing

17.

Whole town of Saffron Walden

Introduce 20mph speed limits to improve safety throughout town.

APPENDIX 4 – DESIGN OF SUSTAINABLE DRAINAGE SYSTEMS

Sustainable Drainage Systems (SuDS) should always be carefully considered in discussions with the Lead Local Flood Authority.

However, any drainage system must not pose a risk to groundwater quality and must not be constructed in ground affected by contamination.

The Environment Agency sustainable planning services provides the following general requirements:
 

  1. Infiltration SuDS such as soakaways, unsealed porous pavement systems or infiltration basins shall only be used where it can be demonstrated that they will not pose a risk to the water environment;

 

  1. Infiltration SuDS have the potential to provide a pathway for pollutants and must not be constructed in contaminated ground. They would only be acceptable if a phased site investigation showed the presence of no significant contamination;

 

  1. Only clean water from roofs can be directly discharged to any soakaway or watercourse. Systems for the discharge of surface water from associated hard-standing, roads and impermeable vehicle parking areas shall incorporate appropriate pollution prevention measures and a suitable number of SuDS treatment train components appropriate to the environmental sensitivity of the receiving waters;

 

  1. The maximum acceptable depth for infiltration SuDS is 2.0 m below ground level, with a minimum of 1.2 m clearance between the base of infiltration SuDS and peak seasonal groundwater levels; and

 

  1. Deep bore and other deep soakaway systems are not appropriate in areas where groundwater constitutes a significant resource (that is where aquifer yield may support or already supports abstraction). If deep soakaways are proposed you should contact us, as an environmental permit maybe needed.

 

Further information can be found in the SuDS Manual (CIRIA C753, 2015), the Susdrain website (http://www.susdrain.org/) and the draft National Standards for SuDS (Defra, 2015).

 

Foul Drainage from new developments should connect to the public mains sewer, wherever possible. Government guidance contained within Planning Policy Guidance and building regulations drainage and waste disposal approved document H provides a hierarchy of drainage options that must be considered and discounted in the following order:

  • Connection to the public sewer;
  • Connection to a private sewer, communicating with a public sewer;
  • Either a septic tank or another wastewater treatment system; and
  • A cesspool

 

If you are unable to connect to the mains sewer, your planning application should outline how you will deal with foul drainage discharge. You should include evidence as to why it is not possible to connect to the mains system, including details of any prohibitive costs. Please note that some ‘non-mains’ foul drainage systems will require an environmental permit, as well as planning permission.

APPENDIX 5 – OPEN SPACES AUDIT

Table listing open space provision as identified by UDC Open Spaces Assessment and Strategy

Site name

See map:

 

Typology

Size (ha)

Accessible? *

Anglo American Playing Fields

Open Space North West

Accessible Green-space

0.9471

YES

Crocus Fields allotments

Open Space North West

Allotment

1.0093

YES

Little Walden Road allotments

Open Space North West

Allotment

1.072

YES

Peaslands Road allotments

Open Space South East

Allotment

0.3648

YES

Radwinter Road allotments

Open Space North West

Allotment

0.2929

YES

Windmill Hill allotments

Open Space North West

Allotment

2.6815

YES

Greenways

Open Space South West

Accessible Green-space

0.3331

YES

Greenways play area

Open Space South West

Accessible Green-space

0.0117

YES

Monk’s Hill

Open Space South East

Accessible Green-space

0.7251

YES

Museum Street

Open Space North West

Accessible Green-space

0.8538

YES

Tukes Way AGS (Leisure Centre)

Open Space South East

Accessible Green-space

1.9881

YES

Anglo American Playing Fields play area

Open Space North West

Children’s Playground

0.1076

YES

Claypits Plantation BMX

Open Space South West

Children’s Playground

0.62

YES

Common play area

Open Space North West

Children’s Playground

0.1023

YES

Long Horse Close play area

Not mapped but listed in UDC report

Children’s Playground

0.2611

YES

Petlands play area

Not mapped but listed in UDC report

Children’s Playground

0.3017

YES

Thaxted Road (One Minet) skate park

Open Space South East

Children’s Playground

0.3272

YES

Bridge End Gardens

Open Space North West

Parks and Gardens

3.0021

YES

Common Hill (The Common)

Open Space North West

Parks and Gardens

5.5329

YES

Bridge Street

Open Space North West

Parks and Gardens

0.0855

YES

Dorset House

Open Space North West

Parks and Gardens

0.0604

YES

Jubilee Garden

Open Space North West

Parks and Gardens

0.1892

YES

Claypits Plantation

Open Space South West

Natural/Semi-natural Greenspace

0.5005

YES

The Green Little Walden Road

Open Space North West

Natural/Semi-natural Greenspace

0.2317

YES

De Vigier Avenue

Open Space North West

Natural/Semi-natural Greenspace

0.5031

NO

Beeches Close

Open Space South West

Accessible Green-space

0.2061

NO

Blacklands Close and Seven Devils Lane

Open Space South West

Accessible Green-space

1.6838

NO

Elizabeth Way 1

Open Space North West

Accessible Green-space

0.2884

NO

Elizabeth Way 2

Open Space North West

Accessible Green-space

0.293

NO

 

 

 

24.576

 

* Accessible – usually yes unless it is a roadside verge or deliberately left overgrown to benefit the environment

NPPF LOCAL GREEN SPACE

In order to meet the NPPF requirements to be listed as Local Green Space, these sites must meet the following requirements (paragraph 100):

“(a) In reasonably close proximity to the community it serves”

     These sites meet these criteria as evidenced by their locations, mapped below – they are all within or at the edge of the town.

“(b) demonstrably special to a local community and holds a particular local significance, for example because of its beauty, historic significance, recreational value (including as a playing field), tranquillity or richness of its wildlife”

     These sites meet these criteria as evidenced by their listing in the UDC Open Space Assessment and Strategy

“c) local in character and is not an extensive tract of land”

     These sites meet these criteria as demonstrated by their mapped locations and data on the small size of the sites.

In meeting these requirements, these sites are listed as Local Green Space.

Udc map of open spaces – Open Space North East

Source: Uttlesford District Council

Udc map of open spaces – Open Space North West

Source: Uttlesford District Council

Udc map of open spaces – Open Space South East

Source: Uttlesford District Council

Udc map of open spaces – Open Space South West

Source: Uttlesford District Council

APPENDIX 6 – LOCAL GREEN SPACE ALLOCATIONS

ADDITIONAL OPEN SPACES IDENTIFIED BY THE SWNP

In addition to the spaces catalogued by the Uttlesford district Council Open Spaces Assessment and listed as Local Green Spaces in Appendix 5, the SWNP has identified additional spaces to be listed as Local Green Spaces. The SWNP considers that these are simple omissions from the UDC Open Spaces Assessment. They are mapped below and the table below provides evidence that they meet the criteria as set out in Paragraph 100 of the NPPF.

ADDITIONAL ALLOTMENTS (3 SITES) BIRDBUSH AVENUE NORTH, BIRDBUSH AVENUE SOUTH, LAWS CLOSE SOUTH

OS PSMA LICENSE NUMBER: 0100057521

additional play areas (2 sites) whiteshot way and howland close

OS PSMA LICENSE NUMBER: 0100057521

additional sports field – herberts farm

OS PSMA LICENSE NUMBER: 0100057521

additional sports field – lime avenue

OS PSMA LICENSE NUMBER: 0100057521

additional sports field and land of environmental value – former friends (walden) school

OS PSMA LICENSE NUMBER: 0100057521

additional land of environmental value – land adjacent to lime avenue football pitch

OS PSMA LICENSE NUMBER: 0100057521

Additional land on environmental value – land adjacent to bloor homes / ridgeons development

OS PSMA LICENSE NUMBER: 0100057521

Reference

Description

Owner

Approx. size in Ha

NPPF Paragraph 100 defines the criteria for Local Green Spaces: The Local Green Space designation should only be used where the green space is:

 

 

 

 

(a) In reasonably close proximity to the community it serves

(b) demonstrably special to a local community and holds a particular local significance, for example because of its beauty, historic significance, recreational value (including as a playing field), tranquillity or richness of its wildlife

(c) local in character and is not an extensive tract of land

ALLOTMENTS

Mapped above

Birdbush Avenue North

UDC

0.058

Yes

Currently in use as an allotment

Yes, Yes

Mapped above

Birdbush Avenue South

UDC

0.100

Yes

Currently in use as an allotment

Yes, Yes

Mapped above

Laws Close South

UDC

0.105

Yes

Currently in use as an allotment

Yes, Yes

 

PLAY AREAS

 

Mapped above

Whiteshot Way Green

UDC

0.0821

Yes, surrounded by houses

Yes, well used

Yes, Yes

Mapped above

Tudor Park Play Area (adjacent to Howland Road)

Persimmon Homes (due for transfer to SWTC)

0.1504

Yes, surrounded by houses

Yes, well used

Yes, Yes

SPORTS FIELDS

Mapped above

Herberts Farm

SWTC

3.2624

At the edge of the town

Yes, well used

Yes, and size is appropriate for sports

Mapped above

Lime Avenue

Persimmon Homes (due for transfer to SWTC)

2.0171

Yes, surrounded by houses

Yes, well used

Yes, and size is appropriate for sports

Mapped above

Former Friends Walden school

Chase New Homes

6.0641

Yes, surrounded by houses

Yes, was well used prior to closure of school

Yes, and size is appropriate for sports

LAND OF BENEFIT TO THE ENVIRONMENT

Mapped above

Former Friends Walden school

Chase New Homes

0.9140

Yes, surrounded by houses

Yes, not accessible and hosts a considerably biodiverse wildlife population

Yes, Yes

Mapped above

Land adjacent to Lime Avenue sports pitches

Persimmon Homes (due for transfer to SWTC)

2.8045

At the edge of the town

Yes, SWTC plans for tree planting

Yes, Yes

Mapped above

Land adjacent to Bloor Homes / Ridgeons development

 

2.9011

At the edge of the town

Yes, not accessible and hosts a considerably biodiverse wildlife population

Yes, Yes

APPENDIX 7 – COMMUNITY CENTRE SURVEY RESPONSES

 

 

1. Do you have any indoors space or spaces that can be hired by community groups or clubs?

2. What sort of activities is the space used for?

3. How many days/hours per week is the space available for hire?

4. Roughly speaking, what is your occupancy rate?

5. If you find that you turn bookings down because of capacity or suitability of use, please describe the issues.

6. Please let us know here if you have any other comments or suggestions regarding indoor community spaces in Saffron Walden.

Almshouses

Yes

Various groups use it.  We do not accept parties for young children.  Current examples are craft clubs, yoga, drama and bingo

available most times – have to phone to check.

Sometimes booked

turn bookings down if the Trustees are having meetings or the booking is for a noisy activity (have to take into account the residents living here)

 

URC Hall

Yes

A wide range. Pre-school, Yoga, U3A Art, Line Dancing, Badminton, Scouts, Cubs, Guides, Girls’ Brigade, plus ad hoc, parties, quiz nights, socials etc. Some of these are church-affiliated, most are not.

6 ½ days/week

generally booked

Generally booked’ becomes ‘fully booked’ in the context of weekday evenings. We have recently had to turn away a number of applications

Pressure for this sort of space has increased considerably since the closure of the Friends School

Golden Acre Community Centre

Yes

Sports clubs, performing arts, pre -school classes, language classes, polling station christening receptions & wakes

The hall is available 9am – 9pm 7 days a week

always fully booked

We do not have the time available that people want as the hall is so busy.

We need another Community Centre that is available like the Golden Acre for people to book time slots for their classes, especially a hall that is on one floor with no steps for disabled facilities

Lord Butler Leisure Centre

Yes

Sports and a meeting room

7 days

GENERALLY FULLY BOOKED DURING THE EVENINGS AND ONLY SOMETIMES BOOKED DURING THE DAY (WEEK DAYS).

WE ONLY TURN BOOKINGS AWAY IF WE HAVE NO AVAILABILITY.

 

New Life church

Yes

(e.g. sports, arts/crafts, hobby or games clubs, performing arts, pre-school, services for the elderly)

The room at the front can be hired out every day except Sunday morning.  We have our own Toddler Group on a Wednesday morning too.  The room is also hired out in the evenings.

generally booked

Sometimes I have had to turn people away as some days seem to be more popular than others!  Plus, as we are a church, certain activities are not allowed on the premises.

 

Parish Rooms

Yes

Church Groups, Sunday school, Youth Groups, Mothers Union etc, Uniformed groups i.e. Rainbows, brownies and guides; Community Choir, Children’s dance and movement group, baptism parties etc, church functions

5 days per week and occasionally on Saturdays

 

 

 

RA Butler School

Yes

Evening lettings e.g. sports clubs

Mon-Fri 5pm – 8pm, some daytime availability during school holidays

Already booked on the days needed, limited timings available

 

 

Saffron Walden County High School

Yes

Sports in the sports centre and performing arts in the small drama hall

The space is available Monday – Saturday every week apart from 2 weeks closure at Christmas and bank holidays. We also may have to close if there is a big school event such as Open Evening.  The hours are 6pm – 10pm Monday – Friday and 8am – 1pm on Saturday

Always fully booked with regular users

We turn people away purely because the available space we have is fully booked.

We have had lots of enquiries from Dance groups, Badminton Groups and theatre groups but we are unable to accommodate because we have limited space and availability.

Quaker Meeting House

Yes

Lectures, meetings, exercise classes, yoga, rehearsals, counselling

8am-10pm

Majority of hires are in evenings when it is generally booked. At other times it is partly booked.

Sometimes we don’t have space available when people need it and will turn down bookings which we think are inconsistent with Quakers values. Other than that parking is the only issue.

 

Town Hall

Yes

meetings, concert & shows, sales, fashion shows and open events, Pilates, yoga, kids acting classes, training meetings

6 days a week, 7 by negotiation

generally booked

The building being old does not warrant big musical events the capacity does not allow this, also we have things on that are booked years in advance so we have to turn away because of availability at the time.

Another community centre in the town that does not have as many restrictions as an old building gives in term of size and disabled access would be a very welcome space in Saffron Walden

APPENDIX 8 – LAND OF ENVIRONMENTAL VALUE

OS PSMA LICENSE NUMBER: 0100057521

 

APPENDIX 9 – SITE ALLOCATIONS

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Objective 1

Saffron Walden will be an economically active and self-sustaining town, offering equal opportunities to all.

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Saffron Walden’s residents will be able to live as healthily as possible.

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Saffron Walden will be an environmentally sustainable town.

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Saffron Walden’s heritage assets, high quality landscape and conservation areas will be protected or enhanced.

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Saffron Walden will retain its market-town feel and community spirit.