Uttlesford District Council (UDC) is in pre-submission for a Local Plan that we believe is fundamentally unsound and probably illegal. It has many breaches of the NPPF, which we have been trying to have corrected for more than two years. One of the main (of many) objections is the proposal to build more than a thousand houses to the east of Saffron Walden, where there is an AQMA of 1.4 km diameter. The Council’s own LDF AQ report indicates that these developments will worsen levels of NO2 at some junctions that already breach the EU/UK limits, and advises that further mitigation measures must be found. Not only are UDC ignoring this but they have approved most of the LDF developments (>800 houses) before the Plan has undergone Inspection. In the Planning Committee’s discussions it has been apparent that the issue of AQ is fundamentally misunderstood and the concept of cumulative impact is only just being addressed.

About us

Formed in 2011, WeAreResidents.org is the Saffron Walden, Essex based independent community group. Because we love where we live, we care about creating, maintaining and living in healthy, and sustainably growing communities with vitality and verve.

Contact: Joanne

Website: www.weareresidents.org

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/WeAreResidents

Twitter: @WeAreResidents

Main focus of activity


Main goal

Local government activity

Operational level


Air Quality Management Area (AQMA)


Actions taken so far

Local campaigning
Online campaigning
Media outreach
Responding to public consultations
Holding public meeting
Communication with Councillor
Communication with local authority
Communication with MP
Communication with national government

Additional areas of interest

Road safety
Sustainable transport
Public health
Environment and conservation

Sharing and support

Help offered:
Sharing of experiences

Help needed:
Air quality technical advice
Planning advice
Campaigning advice
Legal advice
Loan of monitoring equipment

Photo credit: Angus Willson CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 via Flickr