'Biodiversity and the local environment' the next theme for the Local Plan

Biodiversity and the local environment is the next theme to be explored as part of the draft Uttlesford Local Plan.

It is well recognised that biodiversity is a critical factor in our overall health and wellbeing, and particularly in combatting the impact of climate change. In this theme, Uttlesford District Council would like to know how local biodiversity can be protected and enhanced, and what role it has to play in place-making, new development and guardianship of natural assets. 

The theme - which is the sixth of nine 'mini consultations' in the plan-making engagement process - will start at a meeting of the Uttlesford Community Stakeholder Forum on Wednesday 10 February.

The debate will be introduced by independent expert, Professor Andrew Lovett, Director of Learning & Teaching at the School of Environmental Sciences, University of East Anglia. It will explore how networks for nature and connectivity can be created between areas to enhance biodiversity, and how it can be integrated with our ways of living and in shaping the places where we live. The Forum will be independently chaired by Angela Dixon of Saffron Hall.

The event will be live streamed from 7pm so that anyone can listen in. Pre-registration will be available via the local plan webpage.

Everyone is invited to read a short document on biodiversity which will be available on the website following the Forum. The consultation is then open over the next four weeks when all the comments will be summarised for discussion by the Forum again in March.

This is part of a six-month conversation about things that matter to people in Uttlesford, which will contribute to how the District is shaped over the next 15 years or more. The engagement programme provides the opportunity for the public to share ideas and will run until spring 2021.

Information on the nine themes, key dates and how to comment will be posted on the webpage and the council's social media channels.

Everyone who has an interest is encouraged to sign up for regular local plan e-newsletters.

1 February 2021