TRANSPORT | Planning Process Restrictions


10.4.1  Heavy goods vehicles moving through Saffron Walden have impacts other than pollution:

  • The roads are too narrow for the length of the vehicles, which means that they cannot turn some corners without crossing the kerb, putting pedestrians at danger of being knocked down;
  • The weight of the vehicles shakes the listed buildings within the Conservation Areas causing structural damage;
  • The height of the vehicles causes them to occasionally clip the facades of the buildings which are very close to the road, causing severe damage and potentially rendering these listed buildings uninsurable; and
  • The weight of the lorries damages the surface of the roads [1], especially in cases where multiple manoeuvres are required to make a left or right-hand turn in a tight space.

This photo taken in the summer of 2018 shows a lorry turning right into George Street from the High Street, and crossing the kerb, almost clipping the adjacent listed buildings. This illustrates the unsuitability of the medieval streets for heavy goods vehicles. Moments before this picture was taken, a mobility scooter user on the pavement had a narrow escape from being hit by the lorry. Large numbers of lorries use this junction each day making the pavement dangerous for pedestrians.

10.4.5  A last-mile delivery service or other consolidated delivery initiative which would potentially reduce heavy goods traffic through the town centre would benefit people and buildings, reduce congestion and improve air quality.



[1] Source: Campaign for Better Transport: Lorries cause more damage to roads than cars (13.3.2017), “the Generalized Fourth Power Law is the most commonly agreed method to approximate the relative impact of vehicles on roads […] a six-axle, 44-tonne truck is over 138,000 times more damaging than a typical, small, 1 tonne car (such as a Ford Fiesta) with two axles.”


1.  Further developments which are beyond the east of the town’s development limits and which will generate additional traffic movements through the town will only be supported if:

  • It can be demonstrated that they will not increase congestion by the capacity measures used in the Uttlesford Local Plan Highway Impact Assessment October 2013; and
  • the AQMA has been lifted and the development would not reinstate the AQMA.

2.  Development proposals likely to generate HGV vehicle movements through the town centre will be subject to planning conditions restricting the timing of those movements.

3.  The provision of charging points for electric vehicles for private, commercial and public transportation electric vehicles will be supported.

This policy supports the Neighbourhood Plan Objectives 2,3,4,5


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3 Responses

  1. 10.4.5 I would wholeheartedly support a last mile delivery service to reduce HGVs in the town centre. Could areas in exisiting car parks be used to this end? Swan Meadow? Could those car parks attached to big stores also be used (Asda,Tesco, Lord Butler, Ridgeons) ? Or are those privately owned by the stores?
    Is there any disused laand out of town where it might be possible to have an out of town parking area to do this and link it with a small version of park and ride for SW?

    Or could HGV access be limited to certain times of day / days of the week?

  2. Any move toward the creation of a by pass for traffic and thereby getting heavier traffic out of the town centre?
    Glaring oversight is a link road from Thaxted Rd behind/via Shire Hill our to the Tesco end I’d Radwinter Rd
    Believe the Shire Hill /Thaxted Rd needs to be a roundabout too

  3. If there was a proper link from Shire Hill to Tesco then many of these lorries could be redirected.
    Support this policy in general

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Neighbourhood Plan Objectives

Objective 1

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

Objective 2

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

Objective 3

Saffron Walden will be an environmentally sustainable town.

Objective 4

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

Objective 5

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


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