Chase at Saffron Walden

Chase New Homes will shortly be submitting a planning application for 88 new homes on the site of the former Friends’ School, Saffron Walden. This will be through a mix of new homes and the conversion and retention of existing buildings.


After an extensive marketing campaign by the school’s administrators, no buyer could be found to continue to operate the school as an educational facility. The buildings are in major need of repair or in some cases, such as the outbuildings, will need to be removed altogether.

As you may be aware, we recently brought forward plans for new homes, sports facilities and the re-provision of a swimming pool on the former playing fields. Uttlesford District Council’s Planning Committee decided to turn down these proposals. Whilst we consider our next steps with that application, we’re bringing forward this application for new homes on the school site.

They have been designed to include a mixture of house and apartment sizes, ranging from 1-4 bedroom properties. This range of house types are suitable for those getting onto the housing ladder, families looking for a larger home or those looking to downsize but remain in the local area.

Given the current situation, and in line with Government guidelines, we are updating local residents on the proposals for new homes via post and online.

We welcome any comments you have on the plans.


88 new high-quality homes

Much-needed investment to repair the former school building, including a new roof

A mix of 1, 2, 3, & 4 bedroom houses and apartments, including the conversion and retention of existing building

Sporting and recreational facilities including tennis and basketball courts

Retention of trees along boundary and in the site where possible

Next steps
A planning application will shortly be submitted to Uttlesford District Council. We will of course continue to keep local residents updated throughout this process.

Any questions?
Chase New Homes welcome your comments on the planning application.

You can ask questions or provide feedback through the following methods:

Write to us at:
Freepost, MPC CONSULTATION (no stamp required)

Call our freephone number on:
0800 148 8911

Email us at:

Feedback form

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Lancaster House, Beech Hill

Palace Wharf, Fulham

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Danbury Place, Essex

Conversion of Grade II-listed building in Green Belt. Apartments and new build houses.