Residents are offered an easier way to have a voice when it comes to fighting off planning applications

13:32 13 February 2014

Great Dunmow residents are being given an easier way to have a voice when it comes to fighting off unwanted planning applications.

People will now be able to send an email to Dunmowvoice@gmail.com to receive a planning objection letter and may also receive information to be kept up-to-date.

This comes after Taylor Wimpey has re-submitted a revised plan for 100 homes on Ongar Road, Great Dunmow.

In 2011, Uttlesford District Council refused outline permission for development on the site, south of the B184.

But this was overturned on appeal in July 2012 and - even though this is the subject of a legal challenge by residents - planning permission is in place.

In October last year, the council rejected detailed proposals for the homes and Taylor Wimpey has now come back with a response to criticisms about the design and layout of the houses.

Sandra Lloyd, who has been involved in the fight against the Ongar Road application, said: “Great Dunmow made it clear to Taylor Wimpey that farm land south of the Ongar Road is not earmarked for development.

“This field is excluded from our local plan and it’s the third time that Taylor Wimpey have attempted to force their unwanted development onto our town despite strong opposition by Dunmow Town Council, our elected Councillors and residents who were successful in quashing the first application in Court.

“The government have empowered local residents to have a say where development should go to safeguard their communities and provide local jobs and housing for future generations.”

She added: “This is a great concept, however in the absence of a finalised Local Plan the speculators are trying to take advantage by grabbing farm land to create an urban sprawl before moving on to somewhere else.

“If we don’t fight as a consolidated group against these ever increasing planning applications then the market town and life as we know it now will very rapidly change, and we will regret not standing up to these speculators whilst we have the opportunity.”

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