You may have recently received a letter asking whether you would support a new housing development off Pound Gate, Stebbing of some 60 units.  You may think it has come from Stebbing Parish Council (SPC) or Uttlesford District Council (UDC) – IT HAS NOT. 

The questionnaire is a speculative proposal from Richstone Procurement, a property development company, for an extension to Ploughman’s Reach estate (30 houses), accessing from Pound Gate and Garden Felds.

Any positive response you give at this stage will be used to support their planning application to UDC.  Such an application would not necessarily be as shown on the plan you currently have.  This parcel of land would support more than 60 dwellings and as we saw with Ploughman’s Reach, the development was eventually so overcrowded, the site had to be extended. There is no mention of the usual concerns regarding school and nursery places, access to health and social services, transport links, additional traffic and car parking in the village, etc but that is not the Developer’s concern. 

There is no mention of the usual concerns regarding school and nursery places, access to health and social services, transport links, additional traffic and car parking in the village, etc but that is not the Developer’s concern. 

Of course, each resident must make up their own mind regarding another 60+ houses in Stebbing. 

It is helpful if you do respond with your views because if a large majority are against the proposal but do not answer at all, the Developer will be correct to conclude that very few people oppose it and will no doubt say so when applying for planning permission.

The Parish Council will follow the recommendations of our draft Neighbourhood Plan which has been well received by residents.  Whilst this site was put forward by Richstone Procurement, it was rejected and any scheme of this size is considered to be inappropriate for Stebbing.

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