WALSON WAY CONSULTATION

We need your ideas! The first stage in a public consultation gets under way into the proposed development of community recreational space at Walson Way. And we need you to help us.

The Parish Council has become responsible for the green spaces at Foresthall Park. This involves the maintenance and improvement of the playgrounds.

Plans to improve the play equipment at Reeve Road and Wilkin’s Crescent are well under way. At Walson Way we now hope to create a community space for families that also offers recreational activities to adults and teenagers.

This proposal fits in with our goal of providing improved community space for Foresthall Park residents.

Outdoor Gym and Picnic Space

For Walson Way we have two proposals

  • Outdoor gym equipment
  • Picnic benches to improve seating opportunities

But we are welcoming ideas the types of play and gym equipment to installed along with ideas on how best the space could be used for for recreational use.

How to Participate

Comment below posts on social media relating to Walson Way

Or email your ideas to laila.azure-marxen@stansted.net, or write to us at The Mountfitchet Exchange Crafton Green, 72 Chapel Hill Stansted Mountfitchet, CM24 8AQ

FREE CATCH-UP LESSONS

Invicta National Academy’s popular Summer Academy makes a return on Monday 26 July for 5 weeks to provide opportunities for school children to get ahead and start the new school year in September with confidence.

The Summer Academy which is open to all school students, aged 6 years to 16 years, offers FREE, daily, live, interactive, online teaching, delivered by fully qualified teachers.  Students don’t have to sign up to all the lessons – they have the flexibility to choose which areas of maths and English they want to practice and which lessons to attend.

During the live lessons, students have the chance to ask questions anonymously and have them answered by qualified teaching staff to help your children catch-up.

The FREE lessons last 45 minutes and will take place daily on ZOOM at 10 am for maths and at 11 am for English.  There is no limit to how many of your children can participate as the lessons can be accessed using any device.

To complement the academic lessons, Invicta is also providing free daily fitness sessions alongside a weekly “Wellbeing Wednesday” programme of health and happiness lessons to boost student wellbeing.

The Invicta Summer Academy programme has been designed in line with National Curriculum guidelines in English and mathematics to enable students to focus on core subjects and return to school in September with confidence.  It is also open to anyone studying KS4/GCSE level outside school or in a college of Further Education.

To register for the FREE lessons or view the full curriculum of lessons visit the Invicta National Academy website.

Invicta National Academy are also running a summer competition, ‘Inspire us to be good to the  environment’.   Children are encouraged to submit a short film between 20 – 60 seconds in length by the end of August.  First prize £250, second prize of £150, third prize of £100 and 10 runner up  prizes of £25 each, including a special prize for funniest film.

Pennington Lane Inquiry

A planning inquiry into Bloor Homes’ plan to build on land close to Stansted concluded this week. What follows is some background to the appeal and an outline of the key arguments raised by opposing sides.

The planning inquiry into Bloor Homes’ plan to build 168 homes on land west of Pennington Lane began virtually on July 13.

Four days were set aside for witness testimony, one day for a site visit by the planning inspector, and the final day devoted to closing statements.

The planning inspector is now considering the submitted evidence and a decision is due by September 2.

BACKGROUND:

The inquiry is the latest of 3 planning appeals relating to Pennington Lane — previous appeals (2009, 2014) ruled against development.

Uttlesford District Council (UDC) has no local plan nor a 5-year supply of land for housing, so ‘tilted balance’ is used to reach a decision.

Where this occurs, the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) states that the application should be approved unless it is in a protected area (as defined by the NPPF) or the harms caused by the application significantly outweigh its benefits.

The benefits being mainly the contribution of new and affordable homes, the harms being damage to the landscape, heritage (listed buildings/conservation areas) or other criteria. Without a local plan in place, this can be a high bar indeed.

CASE FOR APPROVAL

Bloor Homes, Bower Croft Ltd, Oaks Croft Ltd

Decision-making should be tilted in favour of developmentAs there is no local plan in place and desperate need for affordable housing

Key Points:

  • UDC’s local plan is ‘painfully out of date’
  • UDC has just 3.1 years of housing land supply
  • Supreme Court ruling in 2018 clarified law in favour of developers in such cases
  • 40% of the new development is affordable housing — a major public benefit
  •  previous appeal decisions should be ignored (Bloor’s plan is materially different)
  • harm to heritage and landscape is minimal
  •  the 47acre field at the centre of the dispute isn’t designated ‘valued landscape’
  • extensive mitigation efforts — improved bus service & red-route, money for extra school provision, landscaping that improves, not degrades the area.

CASE AGAINST DEVELOPMENT

UDC:
The project poses a harm to landscape and heritage in the area

Key Points:

  • Pennington Lane & Bentfield Green earn protection from harm caused to landscape and heritage (Section 7, 1990 Planning Act, and NPPF 2012)
  • Over-estimation of project’s economic benefits
  • the housing crisis isn’t reason alone to grant all housing applications

Rule 6 Party — The Parish Council / Save Stansted Village:

Shared a similar argument to UDC centring round harm to landscape and heritage in the area

Key Points

  • The scheme breaches of settlement borders
  • Earlier appeals still have bearing – ‘like cases should be decided in a like manner’
  • Significant weight should be attached to preserving the intrinsic character & beauty of the countryside
  • Harm to heritage assets is considerable
  • Proposed road infrastructure is inadequate to cope with extra traffic; buses are unpopular & uneconomic solution
  • Educational considerations and effect on children with protected characteristics at Bentfield School poorly assessed & addressed, as are surface water drainage issues
  • Few tangible community benefits

THANK YOU!

The Stansted Council would like to thank all those who gave their time, expertise, money and support to back the Rule 6 party’s case against development near Pennington Lane.

Over 4,000 people signed a petition voicing their opposition to Bloor’s plan, and over £2ok was raised in campaign funding at a time when the pandemic has caused real financial hardship.

At the inquiry more than 47 statements were made to it by people from the community. Many of these were made in person and spoken with passion and sincerity.

This level of community spirit is something we all can be proud of when we say Stansted Mountfitchet is our home whatever the decision.

Documents relating to the appeal can be read here:

https://publicaccess.uttlesford.gov.uk/online-applications/appealDetails.do?activeTab=documents&keyVal=QRG8YSQN0FC00

SSV Posters

You can show your opposition to the housing development at Pennington Lane by downloading and displaying a Save Stansted Village campaign poster.

Next week the planning inspector will visit Stansted as part of the appeal inquiry into plans to build 168 houses near Pennington Lane.

Show your opposition to the housing development at Pennington Lane by downloading and displaying a Save Stansted Village campaign poster.

They are available is landscape and portrait formats. Residents without access to a printer are welcome to request a print-out of a poster from the Parish Council at its Mountfitchet Exchange offices during library opening times (Wed 2-5.30pm, Thur 2-7, Sat 9-5).

POSTERS