Moors Fields, Land off Station Road, Between Flitch Green and Pound Hill, Little Dunmow, Essex

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The feedback from the public consultation can be summarised into three key areas: Planning, Highways & Access and Ecology & Climate.  In addition to our public consultation, we also received feedback regarding the proposals from Planning Officers and Uttlesford District Councillors. 

We have provided updates relating to the key points raised through the consultation process on this website, and we will continue to update the website as the proposals for this site progress,

The formal public consultation period for our proposals has now closed.  However, should you wish to submit further feedback you can do this via the Have Your Say Form on this website.

We will be submitting an outline planning application with all matters reserved (excluding access).  Outline planning applications seek to establish whether the scale and nature of a proposed development would be acceptable to the Local Planning Authority, before a fully detailed proposal is put forward.

Where outline permission has been granted, and within three years of the outline approval, an application for the outstanding reserved matters can be submitted, i.e. the information excluded from the initial outline planning application. This will typically include information about the layout, scale and appearance of the development.

Both types of applications are required to undergo public consultation before submission.  Statutory consultees (eg. Environment Agency, Highways England, Natural England and Parish Councils) and local residents will also have the opportunity to formally comment on the applications once they are submitted and registered with the Local Authority.

 

There is housing planned in the area, why do we need more development?

The numbers of new homes built each year has been growing, however there still remains an undersupply of housing in the UK. 

Every Local Planning Authority needs to play its part in delivering housing.   Uttlesford District Council recognise that they currently are not delivering sufficient housing to meet their need.  A variety of sites are required and those small to medium sized sites such as this site, can deliver new homes quickly to meet the current need.   

Loss of privacy to existing homes

There are minimum distances between homes provided by Uttlesford District Council of 25m which this scheme adheres to.

We have also included a landscape buffer in excess of 5 metres within this gap as well.

To give an idea of scale, the gardens of the homes in Aisnworth Drive are around 8m in depth.

The existing 2m high retaining wall will this be able to deal with additional building?

The proposals ensure there is appropriate distance from the existing retaining wall, and there is no impact as a result.

Noise, dust and light pollution

If the application is consented, there would be a period of disturbance during the construction of the site. However, this will be controlled via a planning condition to ensure details are provided for specific construction route traffic, times of the day for works and the cleaning of vehicles to ensure dust and mud are limited.  The details of this will be set out as part of the Reserved Matters Application not at the Outline Planning stage.

In terms of impact of occupation of any homes, a Lighting Impact Assessment has been carried out and will be included with the outline planning application.  This provides design parameters for guiding reserved matters applications for lighting the site, such that they create a safe public realm environment while being sympathetic to the local surroundings, avoiding over lighting, sky glow, and glare. 

In terms of nature conservation, lighting will be carefully selected and located to maintain a safe public realm alongside identifying specific ‘dark corridors’ within the site to support nature conservation routes.

Protection of the existing woodland and biodiversity net gain

From the outset, the design has been informed by the retention and enhancement of landscape, ecology and habitat features on site.  

A range of wildlife friendly features will also be incorporated (i.e., bat and bird boxes), in addition to soft landscaping which will include habitats such as grasslands (featuring wildflower) and large vegetative buffers to the boundaries providing a permeable site for wildlife. 

Furthermore, the proposals provide sufficient inherent mitigation for protected species to ensure they can be retained on-site, with no significant negative impact.

We are required by policy to deliver a positive net gain in biodiversity on this site. Through working with the existing features and supplementing those with the new countryside park we are pleased to be able to provide over 10% net gain.

This is considerably more than current local policy requires and is in full accordance with the emerging Environmental Bill.  A full ecology report will be submitted as part of the planning application demonstrating how this is achieved.

Climate change and construction

Existing homes account for 20% of greenhouse gas emissions in the UK.  Catesby Estates are committed to supporting to tackling the climate crisis, and helping to minimise the environmental impact of new development.

At Moors Fields, we are committing to a 75% reduction in carbon emissions.  The proposed new homes will be designed with improved insulation, electric charging points, solar panels, heat pumps, triple glazing, ventilation with heat-recovery technology and timber frames to reduce their embodied carbon.

We have sought to preserve and promote biodiversity, with a net biodiversity gain of 10% and green infrastructure and access to green spaces will be delivered as part of the site.  This includes new allotments and a community orchard to help instil a more sustainable way of life for residents.

Furthermore, in response to Covid and changing work patterns, we have included offices on site. This has the dual benefit of encouraging new residents not to travel for work. 

New residents will also be provided with a Sustainable Travel Information Packs to assist residents to establish new travel habits and routines from the beginning in their new homes with information on walking, cycling and bus routes as well travel vouchers.

Site Background

Catesby Estates has entered into an agreement to promote land off Station Road, between Flitch Green and Pound Hill, Little Dunmow, Essex.

Within the administrative area of Uttlesford District Council, the greenfield site is 34.7 acres and lies adjacent to existing development and the Flitch Way, a disused rail link which offers extensive walking and cycling opportunities for local residents to sustainably access Great Dunmow.

Uttlesford District Council is currently undertaking a Local Plan review, and Flitch Green is recognised as a Type A Village (Tier 3) and considered sustainable for housing growth.

This site falls within the Little Dunmow & Flitch Green District Ward Boundary and also the Little Dunmow Parish Boundary.  Due to the location of this site, and its proximity to Flitch Green we have contacted both Parish Councils, other stakeholders and local residents as part of our public consultation process.

The feedback from the public consultation can be summarised into three key areas: Planning, Highways & Access and Ecology & Climate.  In addition to our public consultation, we also received feedback regarding the proposals from Planning Officers and Uttlesford District Councillors. 

We have provided updates relating to the key points raised through the consultation process on this website, and we will continue to update the website as the proposals for this site progress,

The formal public consultation period for our proposals has now closed.  However, should you wish to submit further feedback you can do this via the Have Your Say Form on this website.

We will be submitting an outline planning application with all matters reserved (excluding access).  Outline planning applications seek to establish whether the scale and nature of a proposed development would be acceptable to the Local Planning Authority, before a fully detailed proposal is put forward.

Where outline permission has been granted, and within three years of the outline approval, an application for the outstanding reserved matters can be submitted, i.e. the information excluded from the initial outline planning application. This will typically include information about the layout, scale and appearance of the development.

Both types of applications are required to undergo public consultation before submission.  Statutory consultees (eg. Environment Agency, Highways England, Natural England and Parish Councils) and local residents will also have the opportunity to formally comment on the applications once they are submitted and registered with the Local Authority.

 

There is housing planned in the area, why do we need more development?

The numbers of new homes built each year has been growing, however there still remains an undersupply of housing in the UK. 

Every Local Planning Authority needs to play its part in delivering housing.   Uttlesford District Council recognise that they currently are not delivering sufficient housing to meet their need.  A variety of sites are required and those small to medium sized sites such as this site, can deliver new homes quickly to meet the current need.   

Loss of privacy to existing homes

There are minimum distances between homes provided by Uttlesford District Council of 25m which this scheme adheres to.

We have also included a landscape buffer in excess of 5 metres within this gap as well.

To give an idea of scale, the gardens of the homes in Aisnworth Drive are around 8m in depth.

The existing 2m high retaining wall will this be able to deal with additional building?

The proposals ensure there is appropriate distance from the existing retaining wall, and there is no impact as a result.

Noise, dust and light pollution

If the application is consented, there would be a period of disturbance during the construction of the site. However, this will be controlled via a planning condition to ensure details are provided for specific construction route traffic, times of the day for works and the cleaning of vehicles to ensure dust and mud are limited.  The details of this will be set out as part of the Reserved Matters Application not at the Outline Planning stage.

In terms of impact of occupation of any homes, a Lighting Impact Assessment has been carried out and will be included with the outline planning application.  This provides design parameters for guiding reserved matters applications for lighting the site, such that they create a safe public realm environment while being sympathetic to the local surroundings, avoiding over lighting, sky glow, and glare. 

In terms of nature conservation, lighting will be carefully selected and located to maintain a safe public realm alongside identifying specific ‘dark corridors’ within the site to support nature conservation routes.

Protection of the existing woodland and biodiversity net gain

From the outset, the design has been informed by the retention and enhancement of landscape, ecology and habitat features on site.  

A range of wildlife friendly features will also be incorporated (i.e., bat and bird boxes), in addition to soft landscaping which will include habitats such as grasslands (featuring wildflower) and large vegetative buffers to the boundaries providing a permeable site for wildlife. 

Furthermore, the proposals provide sufficient inherent mitigation for protected species to ensure they can be retained on-site, with no significant negative impact.

We are required by policy to deliver a positive net gain in biodiversity on this site. Through working with the existing features and supplementing those with the new countryside park we are pleased to be able to provide over 10% net gain.

This is considerably more than current local policy requires and is in full accordance with the emerging Environmental Bill.  A full ecology report will be submitted as part of the planning application demonstrating how this is achieved.

Climate change and construction

Existing homes account for 20% of greenhouse gas emissions in the UK.  Catesby Estates are committed to supporting to tackling the climate crisis, and helping to minimise the environmental impact of new development.

At Moors Fields, we are committing to a 75% reduction in carbon emissions.  The proposed new homes will be designed with improved insulation, electric charging points, solar panels, heat pumps, triple glazing, ventilation with heat-recovery technology and timber frames to reduce their embodied carbon.

We have sought to preserve and promote biodiversity, with a net biodiversity gain of 10% and green infrastructure and access to green spaces will be delivered as part of the site.  This includes new allotments and a community orchard to help instil a more sustainable way of life for residents.

Furthermore, in response to Covid and changing work patterns, we have included offices on site. This has the dual benefit of encouraging new residents not to travel for work. 

New residents will also be provided with a Sustainable Travel Information Packs to assist residents to establish new travel habits and routines from the beginning in their new homes with information on walking, cycling and bus routes as well travel vouchers.

Site Background

Catesby Estates has entered into an agreement to promote land off Station Road, between Flitch Green and Pound Hill, Little Dunmow, Essex.

Within the administrative area of Uttlesford District Council, the greenfield site is 34.7 acres and lies adjacent to existing development and the Flitch Way, a disused rail link which offers extensive walking and cycling opportunities for local residents to sustainably access Great Dunmow.

Uttlesford District Council is currently undertaking a Local Plan review, and Flitch Green is recognised as a Type A Village (Tier 3) and considered sustainable for housing growth.

This site falls within the Little Dunmow & Flitch Green District Ward Boundary and also the Little Dunmow Parish Boundary.  Due to the location of this site, and its proximity to Flitch Green we have contacted both Parish Councils, other stakeholders and local residents as part of our public consultation process.

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