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A Draft Local Plan for Uttlesford which will set out how the district will grow and be enhanced for decades to come will be considered by councillors over the next few weeks.

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Uttlesford District Council is making good progress in shaping the next version of the draft plan - called 'Regulation 19 Pre-submission' - with planning officers' recommendations due to be published later this month. This will be the result of extensive background studies and consultation with residents, businesses, landowners and statutory bodies like neighbouring councils and government agencies.

The previous district-wide Local Plan consultation was carried out in summer 2017. It set out the preferred options for growth, including proposals for three new garden communities as exemplar places for modern living. Over 6,000 comments from more than 2,000 individuals and organisations were received during the consultation. The council has considered the comments and further work has been carried out to address some of the issues raised in the consultation, such as heritage, employment, transport and sports facilities.

This work has been fed into the emerging Local Plan, which will look to strike a balance between meeting the strategic priorities for housing, employment, transport, community facilities and other infrastructure whilst protecting the high quality of life and special character of the district.

The Draft Local Plan pre-submission recommendations will be published ahead of the cross-party Planning Policy Working Group meeting on 31 May. They will then be considered by the Cabinet on 12 June, and will go to Full Council on 19 June to approve the Draft Local Plan for final consultation before being submitted to Government. If this is agreed on 19 June, a seven-week period of public consultation will start on 25 June before the Plan is submitted to the Secretary of State for independent examination, expected to be in early 2019.

What's next?

The key activity for the Local Plan over the coming weeks includes:

  • 23 May- Planning Policy Working Group (PPWG) meeting to consider the Draft Local Plan evidence base
  • 31 May- PPWG meeting to discuss full version of the Draft Local Plan (called 'pre-submission') and Sustainability Appraisal
  • 12 June - Cabinet to consider the Pre-submission Draft Local Plan and Sustainability Appraisal, including any recommendations from PPWG
  • 19 June - Full Council to consider the Pre-submission Draft Local Plan and Sustainability Appraisal for public consultation
  • 25 June - If approved by Full Council, seven-week public consultation on pre-submission Draft Local Plan begins

Stay informed

All PPWG, Cabinet and Full Council meetings, including those where the Local Plan will be discussed, are broadcast live and recorded.

The Local Development Scheme, which contains the proposed timetable for producing the Local Plan, is available to view on the council website here.

Related Local Plan documents, including background studies, is available to view at

Residents can also sign up for email updates about the Local Plan via

9 May 2018