Town Council supports objections to proposed Elsenham housing development

Letter from Bishop's Stortford Town Council to Uttlesford District Council

Bishop's Stortford Town Council expresses its support for the objections of Elsenham and Henham Parish Councils to the proposed huge housing development proposed to the land north east of Elsenham.

Uttlesford District Council
Planning Department
Council Offices
London Road
Saffron Walden
Essex CB10
16 April 2012

Dear Sir/Madam

DEVELOPMENT - ELSENHAM

I [am] directed to inform you that Bishop’s Stortford Town Council supports the objections of Elsenham and Henham Parish Councils to the large housing development proposed to the land north east of Elsenham, and the objections raised by East Herts Council regarding this excessive development.

It is the understanding of this Council that the expectation (and road layout) is such that the majority of the residents will look to Bishop’s Stortford for shopping and entertainment as well as other services. Without additional infrastructure, which is not currently proposed, Bishop’s Stortford is unable to cope with such additional load.

The Council would draw your attention to the fact that a further large development (we believe by the same developer) is also proposed to the North of Bishop’s Stortford and, to the best of our knowledge, no modelling at all has been carried out as to the combined effect on roads, schools, car parking etc. This is clearly unacceptable and would appear to be a case where developers are exploiting local government boundaries to avoid holistic modelling and infrastructure provision.

I trust that Uttlesford District Council will take these considerations into account when considering this application and also other development applications where the infrastructure load falls to Bishop’s Stortford.

Yours faithfully

James Parker
Chief Executive