The Council is required to decide planning application in accordance with the development plan unless there are other more important factors which need to be considered.
The current local plan was adopted in 2005. It provides the basis for all planning decisions within the district. It contains policies relating to the location of development and protection of environmental features. These policies are monitored and reviewed by the council to make sure that the policies are meeting the council's aims.
The Uttlesford Local Plan, Adopted 2005 is available as a pdf download or as an online resource.
► Uttlesford Local Plan – Adopted January 2005 [765kb] (written statements only)
Important notice: the following changes have been made to the Local Plan since adoption. Amendments to conservation areas. You can view maps of the revised boundaries of reviewed conservation areas on the Conservation Area Appraisals page.
Amendment to Appendix 1: Parking Standards Design and Good Practice September 2009 [4Mb]
On 8 December 2016 the Great Dunmow Neighbourhood Plan was formally made (the Neighbourhood Plan legislation's term for adopted) by the District Council as part of the Statutory development plan. The Great Dunmow Neighbourhood Plan now sits alongside the Uttlesford Local Plan Adopted 2005. Should planning permission be sought in areas covered by the adopted neighbourhood plan, the application must be determined in accordance with both the neighbourhood plan and the Local Plan.
► Online resource version of the 2005 Local Plan (written statements only)
You can now also see the Local Plan 2005 maps online: Interactive Adopted Local Plan 2005 Proposals Maps and Pre-Submission Proposals Maps April 2014
Copies of the 2005 plan can be purchased for £25 from the Council Offices and Community Information Centres.
Other supporting documents
The Council made an application in July 2007 to save the policies in the Uttlesford District Local Plan. The Secretary of State's direction in respect of this request was received in December 2007. All the policies except two, which relate to completed development sites in Takeley have been saved.
The National Planning Policy Framework (DCLG March2012), which sets out the Government's planning policy, states that due weight should be given to relevant policies in existing plans according to their degree of consistency with the Framework . In other words, the closer the policies in the local plan to the policies in the Framework, the greater the weight that may be given. The Adopted Local Plan has been assessed for compliance with the National Planning Policy Framework.
- Uttlesford Local Plan 2005 - National Planning Policy Framework Compatibility Assessment (Ann Skippers Planning, July 2012) [179kb]
Other documents which makeup the suite of Local Plan documents are: