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SAY NO to Easton Park


29.01.19 UDC have confirmed that they have submitted the Uttlesford Local Plan to the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government on 18 January 2019 for independent examination and appointed two independent inspectors to review the plan - see notice here.


The Pre-Submission Local Plan and the schedule of proposed minor modifications, together with the supporting documentation submitted to the Secretary of State are available to view and download on the Councils website:


Precise dates for the opening of any formal hearing part of the examination into the Local Plan will be decided by the Inspectors and we now await confirmation of the date for this.

In the meantime work continues by SEP and other parties to prepare our submissions and secure legal representation where necessary.

This will of course entail costs and we will be publishing information as soon as possible as to how you can

  • comment on a Sustainability Appraisal to the Regulation 19 Pre-Submission Local Plan
  • attend public meetings for more information about this next stage
  • support SEP financially by attending events, becoming a member, making donations
  • support SEP by donating time and/or expertise
Making our case to the Inspector will be the LAST CHANCE to Stop Easton Park - we need your help to make this the best case it can be - otherwise building could start as early as 2021!

UPDATE No 19 – 19 February 2019


Following UDC’s submission of its Local Plan on 18 January, the appointment of two Independent Inspectors was announced on 8 February – see:

The Inspectors have now issued their initial list of questions for UDC which look encouraging. See: and Examination document ED1. No timetable for the Examination in Public has been announced as yet

So, our current focus is on the Sustainability Appraisal which, as you will know, was reissued in December following a critical report of UDC’s previous effort issued in November. Comments can be submitted on the revised version up to 5.00pm on Monday, 25th February. The revised Sustainability Appraisal (long and short version) and the critical review of the original can be found on:

The purpose of this update is to encourage as many of you as possible to submit your comments on this revised Sustainability Appraisal since it is a key document on which the Local Plan is based. This is most easily done by sending an email to though alternative routes are set out on the UDC link above.

GDTC have hired specialist consultants who will respond in detail but it is important that we demonstrate the depth of feeling amongst the local community. Below are some suggestions of points that you might make. It is probably best to make just a few points and important that you use your own words for maximum effect.

  • The revised Sustainability Appraisal cannot disguise the fact that UDC’s approach to its Local Plan is based on a ill-judged ‘call for sites’ which has limited its options.
  • UDC had already made their mind up to develop Easton Park before they assessed any other sites. Why not be honest with the public and not hide behind reports?
  • The harm to heritage and landscape isn’t justified so why promote Easton Park?
  • Easton Park is a remote area and UDC is ignoring the facts. Bus and train journeys cannot replace car use in Little Easton. Why choose Easton Park? Why do UDC need as many as 10,000 houses? Just to give us a bus service?
  • If Easton Park isn’t sustainable without a garden community, why don’t they build where it is sustainable?
  • A single road access is unsustainable and local roads are unsuitable so why are they promoting the site?
  • Road congestion from housing and an expanding airport has not been properly considered. Why build a new town at Easton Park?
  • No assessment of the impacts of building Easton Park so close to Stansted Airport has been made. Why build a new town so close to a growing airport?
  • No assessment of the type of jobs provided on site and risk of failure to create jobs has been made. Is there any idea what type of jobs they can provide at Easton Park? Can they create one job per household? How?
  • There is no evidence to suggest that airport workers will move to EP so why assume that they will?
  • Why haven’t UDC assessed the Carver Barracks brownfield MoD site?
  •  Is there need for all these houses? Are the sites in Dunmow and Little Easton all selling houses now? Is demand outstripping supply in Dunmow and Little Easton?

We will shortly be organising a general meeting to update the community.

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These proposals will have a major impact on the town of Great Dunmow as well as the surrounding villages.


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In the beginning...

Since its formation, SEP has gathered momentum and looks set to continue to do so. Whilst we still face a struggle against the odds that will be drawn-out, expensive and time consuming, a really solid base for the campaign has been built:-

  • We have two excellent and complementary submissions by GDTC and LEPC refined by their legal advisers that highlight the weaknesses and contradictions of the draft Plan. In covering all aspects from urban sprawl to land value capture, these submissions lay the ground for the next stages where the lawyers and consultants will play an increasing role.
  • These submissions are supported by excellent reports from consultants on heritage and landscape. Together these demonstrate irrefutably what is at stake both in Easton Park and its surroundings in terms of heritage, setting and environment and lays to rest the idea that Easton Park is no more than a conveniently placed disused airfield.
  • A further consultants’ report on noise supports the inadvisability of building a major new town so close to a major airport.

You will have added to this base with your many considered objections which are key to getting recognition for the cause and for which we are most grateful.

Please do look around this website for more information, particularly THE THREAT and do please get involved as much as you can to make your voice heard.

19TH JUNE 2018
UDC votes to go ahead with plan for 3 new towns in Uttlesford

However the vote was split 23 for and 13 against and at the Council Meeting evidence was heard that the West of Braintree inspector is putting their new town plan on hold.


JUST NOW Great Dunmow Town has approximately 3,500 homes. With approved planning and major growth within the town proposed in this Local Plan, it will bring the area to approximately 7,000 houses. Add the 10,000 New Town promised and you can imagine quality of life here will be completely DEVASTATED.  Houses are being built. Most of which are too expensive for local people to own.  There are brown field sites that need to be investigated.  Little Easton sits within prime agricultural land.  Read some submissions to UDC here.

Wake up Dunmow. We need to mobilise!

We need to object to this destruction of a most beautiful part of the Region.   We need to write to our local authority lodging our objection, copy to our MP and join us here. SSo we can work together and have our say. Once the consultation has started, we will give you full details of HOW YOU CAN HAVE YOUR SAY.

In the meantime - read more and see how the voting was split here >>

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