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Council continues work to strengthen Local Plan evidence base

Comments made by residents, businesses, neighbouring councils and other bodies are being used to inform the next stage of the emerging Uttlesford Draft Local Plan.

Local Plan

A consultation was held over the summer asking for views on the proposals and policies within the Plan which will shape the way the district develops over the coming decades.

The council received almost 6,000 written comments from over 2,000 individuals and organisations to the consultation. All the comments are available to view on the online portal at

The council is taking the time to fully evaluate these responses and to carry out further work to address some of the issues raised, such as the water cycle, archaeology, heritage, employment, and transport and sports facilities.

The additional work will strengthen the evidence base and is necessary to ensure that the next version of the Local Plan is ready to be consulted upon.

The cross-party Planning Policy Working Group will meet next week (Thursday 14 December) to consider the complete set of consultation responses and way forward for the Local Plan. The meeting will be broadcast live, or residents can listen to a recording of the meeting at

As a result of the extra work being undertaken, the council will make a decision on the next version of the Plan in late spring 2018 before a further round of public consultation takes place.