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Uttlesford Draft Local Plan public consultation closed

A major seven-week public consultation on the future of Uttlesford came to a close on Monday (Monday 4 September).

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An estimated 2,000 individuals and organisations submitted written comments on the various proposals and policies within Uttlesford District Council's Draft Local Plan. Over 500 people also attended the council's drop-in exhibitions during the consultation period to find out more about the proposals.

Cllr Howard Rolfe, Leader of the Council, said: "I would like to thank everyone who has engaged in the process and provided their feedback during the consultation.

"We will need to carefully consider the points that have been made - all the letters, emails and online responses will be reviewed over the coming weeks. This is an essential part of the plan-making process and will help the council to shape a robust and sound Local Plan."

The consultation was the latest stage towards adopting a new Local Plan that will guide where homes and employment sites go up to 2033, as well as the infrastructure such as schools and roads needed to support it.

The comments will be presented, together with the planning officers' recommended responses, to the Planning Policy Working Group and Cabinet for their consideration. They will be used, alongside the evidence base and government policy, to inform the next version of the Plan. The council will then consult on this version of the Plan before it is submitted to the Secretary of State for independent examination by a planning inspector.

All the comments made during the consultation can be viewed via the online consultation portal at www.uttlesford.gov.uk/draftplan2017. The responses which were made via email or post will be entered into the system over the coming weeks.