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Working Group considers Draft Local Plan proposals

Councillors have had their first opportunity to consider a draft version of the Uttlesford Local Plan.

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At a meeting on Thursday 29 June the Planning Policy Working Group (PPWG) gave its backing to the draft plan, which includes officer recommendations for strategic site allocations and the policies which will guide how development will happen. Central to the draft plan are proposals for three new garden communities - North Uttlesford (north-east of Great Chesterford), Easton Park, and land referred to as west of Braintree (east of Stebbing) - which will be key in accommodating the majority of the 5,900 new homes required to meet the district's growth needs up to 2033.

The public speaking part of the PPWG meeting was extended to give people who wanted to speak the opportunity to do so.

Cllr Howard Rolfe, Leader of the Council, said: "There were 14 speakers who addressed the meeting and we recognise there are concerns within local communities. We will need to carefully consider the points that have been made.

"Planning officers have put forward recommendations after considering the evidence and narrowing down the options. This is not the final version of the plan, and we encourage any resident or group that has concerns, comments or views to take part in the forthcoming consultation."

The draft plan will next be considered by Cabinet on 6 July, before going to Full Council on 11 July to approve the plan for public consultation. If this is agreed, the consultation will start on 12 July.

The Cabinet agenda and draft local plan document is available to view at www.uttlesford.gov.uk/cabinet6july.

Residents are reminded that they can listen in to the debate at both Cabinet and Full Council as the meetings will be broadcast live and recorded via www.audiominutes.com/udc.

All related local plan material is available to view at www.uttlesford.gov.uk/new-local-plan.