Developer unveils bid for hundreds of new homes in Flitch Green
PUBLISHED: 08:51 11 January 2019
Developers have put forward plans that could see hundreds of new homes in Flitch Green.
Gladman Developments has applied to Uttlesford District Council for outline planning permission for 240 homes off Station Road, at the north-eastern edge of the village, near Flitch Way.
The site is currently in agricultural use and would be bordered by Flitch Way.
In its plans, Gladman has said the proposed development would include extensive planting of native tree varieties, as well as the retention of hedgerows, to “soften and filter” views of the site. An orchard is also proposed.
A network of footpaths through the site, as well as public open spaces and a play area are also included in the Gladman plans.
In planning documents submitted to the district council, the developer noted: “The overall vision for the site is to provide a distinctive and high quality place, which embraces the qualities and character of the settlements in the locality of the site.
“The development will provide up to 240 dwellings whilst respecting the site’s environmental assets. Housing will be set within green infrastructure, helping it to integrate with the landscape and create a distinctive sense of place.
“The design is inspired by the architectural character and detail found within the locality in terms of the period housing in nearby Felsted as well as the more
modern styles found in the adjoining areas of Flitch Green.”
Gladman said it had made the plans available for consultation online during October and added that it had subsequently “taken account of the views expressed by those who were consulted”.
However, among the feedback given to the consultation were criticisms of the impact the proposed development could have on the village.
One correspondent said: “Your proposal is poorly thought-through and you have zero chance of it ever getting though, particularly as you are trying to get it in before the local plan is in place here”.
Another said: “The area we live in is already struggling to cope with the amount of people that live here. The shops, schools, doctors surgeries, and leisure facilities are already way too overcrowded and parking in the local area is becoming a problem.”
The plans will likely go before the district council’s planning committee in the spring.
To view the plans, or to have a say, log on to www.uttlesford.gov.uk.