Help shape new design code for Uttlesford

Uttlesford District Council has been successful in its funding bid to produce a district-wide design code.

The design code will be produced over the next few months and will be a planning document used by local people, planning officers and developers in the preparation and assessment of planning applications for new development. The aim will be to improve the design quality of new developments in the district. 

Collaboration is a key aim of this project and the council is planning to run a number of workshops which will take various formats - including online, in-person and walking tours - so that local people can help to shape the code.

This introductory video explains the project in more detail: https://youtu.be/ysts2rH7CHQ

The first stage will be a survey to understand what local people like and dislike about the buildings, places and landscapes in Uttlesford, and which parts they feel are really distinctive to the district. The overall aim is that the design code identifies what is special about Uttlesford, reflects local aspirations, deals with local concerns, and responds to people's hopes and fears for the future. 

To inform this process, the council is hosting three walking tours which are an opportunity to get out and about to look, think and discuss, before completing the survey. They will follow accessible routes with regular resting points.

There are 15 places on each walking tour:

Thursday 18 August, 6pm to 8pm - Great Dunmow

Book here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/392997615447

Sunday 21 August, 10am to 12pm - Stansted Mountfitchet

Book here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/393000303487 

Sunday 21 August, 2pm to 4pm - Saffron Walden

Book here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/393002600357 

Visit www.uttlesford.gov.uk/new-design-code for more information.

2 August 2022