Project Crocus

In 2015 the Trustees started to explore options for the replacement and redevelopment of seven of the bungalows in Prime’s Close, on the Abbey Lane site. The bungalows are beset with long-standing problems and reaching the end of their useful life. They were built in 1950, just after the war, replacing two-storey dwellings built in 1782 which, in turn, had replaced earlier tenements built in 1400.

Working with BB+C, Cambridge architects with significant experience in new builds alongside historically-sensitive and listed buildings, the Trustees have developed a proposal to replace the existing seven dwellings with a two-storey building with sixteen flats, accessible for a variety of needs. The new building will be designed for 21st-century living, incorporating high levels of insulation resulting in low energy usage and low cost for the residents.

The planning application was accepted for review by UDC on 3rd May 2023 and can be viewed on Uttlesford District Council’s planning website by searching using this application reference - UTT/23/0976/FUL - on the council's planning applications web page.

The development has a number of public benefits, including improving and increasing the number of affordable homes in Saffron Walden and reducing the flood risk to the town from the replacement of a section of the River Slade culvert within the proposed development.

If you would like to be kept updated about progress on the redevelopment of Prime's Close or if you have any questions, please email

To learn about the Crocus Campaign or to make a gift to the project, please click here