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Corporate Plan sets out council's vision for the district

Uttlesford District Council has adopted a key document that sets out the organisation's vision and priorities for the next four years.

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The Corporate Plan 2017-21 was approved at Full Council on Thursday (23 February). It includes a vision statement and four priorities which will direct how and where council resources are allocated.

The vision for 2017-18 is: Working together for the well-being of our community and to protect and enhance the unique character of the district.

The four priorities are:

· Promote thriving, safe and healthy communities

· Protect and enhance heritage and character

· Support sustainable business growth

· Maintain a financially sound and effective council

Underpinning the Corporate Plan is a delivery plan for 2017/18 that sets out the Council's more significant actions and projects, the expected outcomes and performance measures. The delivery plan will be formally considered by Cabinet in March.

Cllr Howard Rolfe, Leader of the Council, said: "The Corporate Plan is the engine of what we do and why we do it. Central to this is the theme of community leadership - the District Council has many roles within the community and is at the centre of the support network available to residents and businesses.

"The Plan is focussed on collaborative working, bringing together partner agencies and the voluntary sector, joining up local services, influencing and developing a shared local agenda, and engaging with communities. This is, of course, in addition to the many statutory requirements and good quality services delivered by the Council.

"It is also important to highlight that the Corporate Plan recognises the balance between what's very special about Uttlesford and the need for growth."

The Corporate Plan is prepared alongside the budget to ensure resources follow the priorities, and is reviewed annually to ensure it remains relevant and can be delivered.