Newport, Quendon and Rickling Neighbourhood Plan is formally 'made'

A planning document which will help to shape change and growth in Newport, Quendon and Rickling has been formally adopted by Uttlesford District Council.

The Newport, Quendon and Rickling Neighbourhood Plan was 'made' at a meeting of Council on Monday (28 June). This means the plan will now become a statutory development document when dealing with planning applications in these areas. 

The decision follows a successful referendum held in the respective parishes on 6 May, which saw 1,178 residents vote in favour of the plan (90.5%) and 112 vote against it. The plan had already gone through a period of public consultation and undergone independent examination.

It becomes the fourth neighbourhood plan to be 'made' in the district, following Great Dunmow, Thaxted and Felsted. A number of other towns and villages are also in various stages of preparing their own plans including Ashdon, Great and Little Chesterford, Little Dunmow, Little Easton, Radwinter, Saffron Walden, Stansted Mountfitchet and Stebbing.

Neighbourhood plans establish local planning policies for the development and use of land within an area. Their purpose is to assess the character of the area, realise the hopes and aspirations of the community, and set policies to influence what future development should look like.

Uttlesford District Council is committed to supporting towns and villages through the neighbourhood planning process and put a strong focus on this work in its Corporate Plan 2021-25. The council also has an agreement with the Rural Community Council of Essex to support communities interested in community-led planning.

Get more information about neighbourhood plans.

1 July 2021

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