Plans for new housing development in Dunmow go on show at consultation event

PUBLISHED: 08:52 03 August 2018

A drawing of what the site could look like if permission is given. Picture: CONTRIBUTED

A drawing of what the site could look like if permission is given. Picture: CONTRIBUTED

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Residents were given the opportunity to have their say on proposals for a site which could see 400 new homes built and land set aside for a new school in Dunmow.

At a public exhibition held on July 17 residents viewed proposals for the land, located south of Stortford Road, which includes areas of public open space, playing fields and cycle links towards the town centre.

It could also include a new health centre.

A detailed planning application is expected to be submitted to Uttlesford District Council (UDC) this month by developers Kier Living and SBS Ltd for approximately 108 homes, which will be the first phase of the development.

Permission for a health care centre and land for educational purposes will be included in an outline planning application for the wider site, it is understood.

The site is included in the latest version of UDC’s local plan which sets out areas where future housing development will go in the district and is currently undergoing a consultation period before submission to a government inspector.

Requirements for the development, outlined in the local plan document, include part funding or providing land for the provision of a new secondary school.

Councillor John Davey, representing Great Dunmow north, said: “The only reason we would agree to it [development on the Stortford Road site] is if Essex County Council is prepared to move Helena Romanes School to that site and the finance of that school would be supplemented by the developers.

“As far as I’m concerned, as a district councillor for Dunmow, if that land is developed it is for the purpose of financing the building of school to replace Helena Romanes School.”

Councillor Graham Barker, member for Great Dunmow south, welcomed a new health centre which he said could attract more GPs but said that Dunmow had already “taken a lot” of housing.

Plans for relocating Helena Romanes School are included in the lastest version of the local plan, which states: “It is recognised by the school and other authorities that an increase in secondary school provision is required. The relocation of the school to a new site provides the opportunity to provide a large and modern school.”

Residents were able to give feedback on the proposals for the land south of Stortford Road until July 31.

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