The Regulation 19 Pre-submission Local Plan and comments made

Comments on the Pre-submission Local Plan were invited until 5.00 pm on 13 August 2018.

The period to make comments on the latest version of the plan - known as the 'Regulation 19 Pre-submission Local Plan' - has now closed.

You can read the full text of the Plan and see the comments made via the Council's online consultation portal.


Online consultation portal


Representations needed to have been received by 5:00pm on Monday 13 August 2018


The Pre-submission Local Plan

The Pre-submission Local Plan sets out the Council's planning policies and site allocations that it intends to submit for independent examination later in the year.  It has been prepared with reference to the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF), the Uttlesford Community Strategy, a wide range of evidence and extensive public consultation.

Icon for pdf Uttlesford Regulation 19 Pre-submission Local Plan [27.13MB]

Interactive policies map

Explore the Regulation 19 Pre-submission Local Plan as an interactive story map

We have produced an interactive 'story map' version of the Regulation 19 Pre-submission Local Plan. This provides a summary of the key policies and information within the plan document with links to the main document and supported by maps and graphics.  

Interactive story map

This Plan contains the following:

Section 2 - The District profile which gives an overview of Uttlesford's characteristics, the issues that arise from this and lead to the identification of the Vision and Objectives for the Local Plan;

Section 3 - The Spatial Strategy and Key Diagram for the Plan - the big picture of "where" and "when" we want activity, development and investment to be over the period to 2033. This includes the roles and relationships of the settlements, the distribution of development and areas that will be protected from development - what it means for the various areas in the District.  This section also includes the policies for new Garden Communities, London Stansted Airport, the Green Belt and the Countryside Protection Zone;

Sections 4 - 11 - These sections set out the Policies by topic that apply to the whole of the District.  These policies cover: Housing, Employment, Retail and Tourism, Transport, Infrastructure, Design, the Environment and the Countryside; 

Section 12  - The Site Allocations policies which identify areas for development and include the policies which will determine how these areas should be developed;

Section 13 - Delivery and Monitoring - This section sets outs how further details of the Plan's implementation and how it will be monitored and reviewed to ensure its objectives are met;

Appendices 1-7, covering the Replacement Policy Schedule, the Monitoring Framework, Housing Trajectory, Garden Community Principles, Marketing Assessment Information, Existing Employment Sites Schedule and Inset Maps; and

The Policies Map of the Local Plan - The purpose of the Policies Map is to identify areas of protection, sites allocated for particular land use and development proposals to which specific policies apply.

This Pre Submission document has been published for public engagement to enable you to tell us whether or not you think the Local Plan is "sound", and why.

What is "soundness"?

To determine whether a plan is "sound" or not, a Planning Inspector uses four tests. They are:

1.     Is the Plan Positively Prepared? (i.e. is it based on a strategy which seeks to meet objectively assessed development and infrastructure requirements.

2.     Is the Plan Justified? (i.e. is it the most appropriate strategy when considered against the reasonable alternatives, based on proportionate evidence.)

3.     Is the Plan Effective? (i.e. are the plan proposals deliverable over its period and based on effective joint working on cross-boundary strategic priorities.)

4.     Is the Plan consistent with national policy? (i.e. does it enable enable the delivery of sustainable development in accordance with the national policy.)

In addition to the four tests of soundness, the Inspector will also be assessing whether or not the Local Authority has complied with the legal requirements; and planned strategically on appropriate matters with other Local Authorities which is known as the Duty to Co-operate.

Copies of the Plan are available for inspection at the Council Offices, Saffron Walden, the Information Centres in Great Dunmow and Thaxted and at the District's libraries.  Electronic copies of the document can be viewed as listed below.

2018 NPPF and the Local Plan

If you are considering comments in relation to the revised National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) please note that Annex 1: Implementation of the NPPF 2018 has some guidance. This states that policies of the previous Framework will apply for the purpose of examining plans, where those plans are submitted on or before 24 January 2019.  It is the Council's intention to submit in October 2018. 

What's next?

The plan has been formally submitted, along with the representations and evidence base, to the Planning Inspectorate for independent examination

If you have any questions about the consultation please contact the planning policy team on or (01799) 510454 or 510518 or 501637 or 501346 or 501403


Additional information

► Documents which make up the Local Plan

► Important dates for the Local Plan

► Icon for pdf Supplementary Paper on Appendix 3 Housing Trajectory Regulation 19 Pre-Submission Local Plan (June 2018) [453.35KB]