Uttlesford leader Cllr John Lodge said: The decision is a difficult one because R4U has had a number of concerns. However on balance to withdraw would be disastrous for all Uttlesford residents.
“It is critical to understand the impact to our communities if this plan was withdrawn or rejected. Previous UDC administrations have been working on it for more than a decade. It has been withdrawn, delayed or rejected multiple times. The delays have costs council taxpayers £millions. Every time there is a delay the number of new houses the government requires Uttlesford to provide goes up. Since 2011 the government’s requirement has doubled to more than 700 new homes a year, every year.