A popular footpath in Saffron Walden is under threat of development, with residents raising concerns about the increase in vehicular traffic.

The proposal for Seven Devils Lane would see the demolition of part of an existing dwelling and the erection of four new dwellings with vehicular access onto the lane.

According to residents, the lane has increased in popularity since the pandemic, and is used daily by dog walkers, schoolchildren and those who enjoy the countryside.

Speaking about the plans, one resident said: "This would be a 40 per cent increase in the number of houses and therefore traffic on the footpath. 

"The Lane is single-track, only eight feet in width with no room to pass and no turning point."

Saffron Walden Town Council has previously objected to the proposals, saying that the lane is 'not capable of safely carrying the additional vehicular traffic".

A resident who lives next door to the site commented: "The access lane welcomes tens of walkers and parents with children on their way to school each day.

"Introducing additional vehicular traffic (from up to 16 additional vehicles) from the development will make the lane unsafe for pedestrians.

"Over the years there have been a number of accidents due to cars turning on a blind corner into Seven Devils Lane. Cars often have to back up to the junction at Landscape View to let cars already on the lane through."

Residents have also expressed concerns that the design is not in keeping with the surrounding area.

Seven Dials, a detached house on Seven Devils Lane, will remain the focal point of the site in the new plans.


A cover letter from Edward Parsley Associates (EPA), who are acting on behalf of the applicant, said: "A new access road is proposed centrally to the site, drawing attention and focus to Seven Dials where the new dwellings either side of the new access and either side of Seven Dials become subservient additions."

The application is available to view on Uttlesford District Council's planning portal, using the application reference UTT/23/3101/OP.

Members of the public can comment on the proposals until February 16.