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The Thaxted Neighbourhood Plan Group has submitted a proposed Neighbourhood Development Plan for the parish to Uttlesford District Council.

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It is the second parish in the District to reach this crucial stage and, if an independent examiner believes it meets the necessary criteria, the Neighbourhood Development Plan will go to parish referendum. The final stage is formal adoption by the District Council.

The Neighbourhood Plan contains a set of policies that seek to guide development in the Thaxted parish. The policies cover a range of topics, such as protection of the environment and general development control issues as well as site allocations.

The Neighbourhood Plan, its statutory supporting documents and a response form are available on the District Council website at www.uttlesford.gov.uk/thaxtednp and at the District Council's offices in Saffron Walden.

The submission documents are subject to a six-week consultation period before they can be submitted for examination. The deadline for comments is 5pm on Tuesday, 19 June 2018.

Representations can be submitted by email to planningpolicy@uttlesford.gov.uk or by post to: Uttlesford District Council, London Road, Saffron Walden, Essex CB11 4ER.

Under the Localism Act communities have been given the chance to help shape the way their areas grow and develop, and a Neighbourhood Plan is a mechanism to do this. A Neighbourhood Plan must look at the use of land, and can influence development. It cannot be used to restrict or prevent development.

4 May 2018