Red alert!

The elevation of the proposed North Uttlesford Garden Community will put it in the top 2% of most visible land in Uttlesford, making it visible from 57% of all surrounding land in a 5 mile radius. By comparison Saffron Walden’s… Continue Reading →

Plight, or fight for nature?

By a resident of the parish: Living among the beauty of these surrounding fields of Great Chesterford, here all that lay deep within its heart is ‘nature’. As witness to the incredible night time habits of many creatures who frequent… Continue Reading →

Traffic: safety first!

By Isabelle Lewis, age 15: Any envisaged proposal for the NUGC, including the vital importance for a safe and sustainable transport scheme that actually works, should provide evidence to address key safety issues concerning the village of Great Chesterford and… Continue Reading →

Landscape and archeolology

The area around Great Chesterford is historically and archeologically important. Artefacts have been found dating back to pre-historic, Iron Age, Roman and Anglo Saxon times. The natural rolling landscape has been sculpted by nature and settlers across the centuries built villages… Continue Reading →

NEGC rejected

For many observers of the local plan process, the North Essex Garden Communities have  represented a benchmark. The 3-community scheme has been in process for some years and is backed by the Government. And yet when submitted to the planning… Continue Reading →

Read the story (so far)

In May 2018, StopNUtown published a 20-page booklet about the proposed North Uttlesford Garden Community (NUGC). The booklet outlines why NUGC is “the wrong place for the wrong reasons” and will not be sustainable, and how the conduct of UDC… Continue Reading →

Letter to District Council

On the eve of UDC’s Planning Policy Working Group meeting to finalise the district local plan (ready for cabinet and ultimately a full council vote), StopNUtown Action Group published an open Letter to Council leader, Howard Rolfe, which contains four… Continue Reading →

New population forecast

Michael Young has over the years intensively studied  Uttlesford’s jobs and population growth, first in the context of Stansted Airport and latterly for the Local Plan and its implication for housing. He has for some while argued that the figure for housing need in Uttlesford… Continue Reading →

Letter to MP

Following our MP’s visit to Great Chesterford for the annual village meeting the action group has written to Mrs Badenoch in response to remarks she made and to provide a fuller explanation of comments made to her in the Q&A… Continue Reading →

Car dependency

Extract of an article about transport provisions for new “garden communities” points to a continuing car dependency and debunks claims that new communities’ residents will make only 30 per cent of their journeys by car instead of the 70 per cent of… Continue Reading →

Planning is broken

It’s official – The planning system is broken. That may seem like a statement of the bleedin’ obvious, but it is also the conclusion of an interim report published by former MP and minister for Housing, Nick Raynsford, who as… Continue Reading →

The Action Group

StopNUtown Action Group is a voluntary organisation, non-political and funded by residents of Uttlesford. Our aim is to promote and protect the interests of communities in North Uttlesford threatened by the creation of a new town which will put 5,000… Continue Reading →

Make a donation

We raise money in two ways: by direct contribution from individuals and businesses who believe as we do that a new town in North Uttlesford is not needed and will be highly destructive; and through fundraising events. Your donation will help… Continue Reading →

Combined voice

Part of the problem we and many other communities face is the Government’s national housing policy. The only way we can be heard at Government level is for action groups to act collectively. StopNUtown has been instrumental in helping to… Continue Reading →

Letter to Grovesnor

Grosvenor Estate is the nominated developer of North Uttlesford Garden Community. Following the unveiling of Grosvenor’s “vision” for NUGC, StopNUtown wrote to the Director of Strategic Land at Grosvenor to place on record a range of concerns about their proposals…. Continue Reading →

New banner campaign

Our new campaign along the B184 adjacent to the proposed new town site. A sequence of placards reads: 5000 houses here; Wrong place; Traffic Hell; No way! We have also placed new placards on the roundabout intersections with the M11 and… Continue Reading →

Facebook group

Our Facebook group gives you access to the latest news and press coverage and it’s where you can have your say on the vexed subject of housing development.

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