Uttlesford Local Plan Community Stakeholder Forum wins prestigious Planning Excellence Award

Uttlesford District Council is delighted to announce it has won a prestigious award for its innovative approach to community stakeholder engagement.

As part of its work on a new Local Plan, the council launched a Stakeholder Community Forum in October 2020, which ran as a six-month project of 'mini' consultations covering nine important themes. The Forum was a new approach to public engagement and provided an opportunity for the community to share ideas at the very start of the plan-making process.

At an online ceremony held 30 November 2021, the Forum was announced as a winner in the Royal Town Planning Institute East of England Awards for Planning Excellence. The Awards highlight exceptional examples of how planning and planners have made a positive impact on the quality of life in creating exceptional places and protecting the environment.   

On announcing the award, head judge David Potter said the Forum "demonstrated a novel approach to stakeholder engagement in the local plan process, producing high quality debate and public involvement during unprecedented times".

Cllr John Evans, Portfolio Holder for Planning and the Local Plan at Uttlesford District Council, said: "I am delighted at this award and its recognition of the new approach to stakeholder and community involvement in the early stages of the Local Plan development work.

"The Community Stakeholder Forum concept was innovative and reinforced this authority's commitment to achieve early and wide public engagement.

"I would like to congratulate all the members of the team for coming up with the idea and arranging and managing its process so well, and thank all those who were involved in the process."

The stakeholder forum consultations have closed, but the meetings and the responses can still be viewed on the council's website .

1 December 2021