Examination overview

Details of the submission, appointed Planning Inspector and Programme Officer.


Uttlesford District Council Local Plan Examination 

The Uttlesford District Council Local Plan was submitted for examination on 18 January 2019 and the Secretary of State has appointed Inspectors Louise Crosby MA MRTPI and Elaine Worthington BA (Hons) MT MUED MRTPI to carry out an independent examination of the Local Plan.

The Inspectors' task is to consider whether the  plan has been prepared in accordance with the relevant legal requirements and whether the plan is sound,  based on the criteria set out in paragraph 182 of the National Planning Policy Framework 2012 (the Framework).

The relevant soundness criteria are whether the Local Plan is:

  • Positively prepared  - it should be based on a strategy that seeks to meet objectively assessed development and infrastructure requirements, including unmet requirements from neighbouring authorities where it is reasonable to do so and consistent with achieving sustainable development
  • Justified - it should be the most appropriate strategy when considered against the reasonable alternatives, based on proportionate evidence
  • Effective - it should be deliverable over its period and based on effective joint working on cross-boundary strategic priorities
  • Consistent with national policy - it should enable the delivery of sustainable development in accordance with the policies in the Framework

Programme Officer

Louise St John Howe has been appointed as the Programme Officer.

She is an independent officer of the examination and works on the Inspector's behalf, organising and managing the administrative and procedural matters of the examination process.  The Programme Officer acts as the contact for any person who has an interest in the examination, liaising between the Inspector, Representors and Uttlesford District Council.

Any matters that anyone wishes to raise with the Inspector should be submitted through the Programme Officer: 

Ms. Louise St John Howe
PO Box 10965
CO10 3BF

Email: louise@poservices.co.uk
Telephone: 07789 486419