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Have your say on new Uttlesford Design Code

Residents are being encouraged to have their say on a new document that sets the standard when it comes to design quality of developments.

Since last summer, Uttlesford District Council has been working with the community to create a Design Code for the district. The practical and useable guide is aimed at residents, planning officers and developers involved in the design and planning of new development. It sets out rules and guidelines that will ensure all proposals are designed and built to the highest quality expected.

As part of the process in shaping the code, the council has hosted a number of community engagement events including guide tours, online meetings, pop-up stalls at local markets and community hubs, and surveys.

The draft document is now ready and people will have the opportunity to comment from Friday 28 July.

Cllr John Evans, Portfolio Holder for Planning, said: "We want to make sure any new development is of a high quality and contributes to what makes the district such as an attractive and distinctive place to live.

"We've listened to what our communities are telling us about Uttlesford's uniqueness and what they think would be appropriate in future development. The new design code is an excellent document that addresses this local context, as well as the local needs and challenges when it comes to good design.

"I would like to thank everyone who has participated or helped us in getting the design code to this stage and would encourage everyone to have their say on the draft document."

More information about the Uttlesford Design Code and details on how to take part in the consultation can be found at:

The closing date for comments is 22 September.

All the responses received will be considered and, where appropriate, the design code will be updated.

Once adopted, the final document will be taken into account when determining any planning application.

25 July 2023