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Draft Local Plan (Regulation 18) Consultation

This consultation is on the first draft of our new Local Plan for Uttlesford (Regulation 18).

The Draft Plan contains the vision, objectives, spatial strategy and planning policy framework which we consider will best address the challenges and make the most of opportunities which face Uttlesford now, and in the future.

It has been informed by evidence base documents which have been researching specific aspects of the Plan and emerging Council and regional strategies and area specific guidance.

This document looks and reads like a new Local Plan but it is still a work in progress.

The consultation period runs from 3 November to 5pm on 18 December 2023.

How to view the consultation documents and have your say

The easiest and quickest way for you to have your say is on the consultation portal.

View the consultation and have your say 

The Draft Local Plan

The evidence base and background studies 

Paper copies of the Draft Local Plan document are available to view at libraries and Uttlesford District Council's Offices in Saffron Walden.

Drop-in exhibitions

A number of drop-in exhibitions have been held across the district so that residents and businesses could find out more about the proposals within the new Uttlesford Draft Local Plan.

More information and to see the exhibition

Information point

One unstaffed information point, including display panels and maps, will be in place until 18 December 2023. Which will give an overview of the proposals and details of how to respond to the consultation. 

This is available during normal opening hours at:

UDC Offices - Glazed Link
London Road
Saffron Walden
CB11 4ER

Other ways to have your say

Via post 

A paper copy of the comments form (Word doc) [63KB] can be used, which is also available from District Council offices or libraries. 

Written responses should be posted to: 
Local Plan Team
Uttlesford District Council
London Road
Saffron Walden
CB11 4ER

Via Email

Please send your comments to - please make sure you indicate which part of the Draft Local Plan you are commenting on.

A consultation information booklet has been delivered to Uttlesford households following the exhibitions. (Please note the booklets distributed by Royal Mail were printed prior to the change of the end date to 18 December 2023) 

If you have not received your copy you can download a digital version.

What happens next?

After the close of the consultation the Local Plan Team will analyse the comments received, which will inform the Submission Local Plan (Regulation 19). Everyone will have the opportunity to provide further feedback on the Submission Local Plan during the Regulation 19 Consultation.

Full timetable details of when decisions will be made and when documents will be published for the preparation of the Local Plan. 

Sign up to our Local Plan e-newsletter to be notified when the next consultation starts.

Please note that it is a requirement of the Local Plan process that comments can only be accepted if they are received in writing (online, via email or via post). Comments made verbally or anonymously cannot be accepted, including those made at public exhibitions.   

The Council is obliged to make all representations available for public inspection on its website.