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Draft Uttlesford Local Plan approved for public consultation

Uttlesford District Council will launch its consultation later this week to seek feedback on a new Draft Local Plan for the district.

People will be able to give their views on the proposals and associated policies which will guide future development of the district up to 2041.

The consultation opens on Friday (3 November) and the closing date for responses is Friday 15 December.

The quickest and easiest way to read the draft plan and to provide feedback will be via the website:

Central to the draft plan are allocations for about 6,000 additional homes in the most sustainable locations, with development proposed at Great Dunmow, Newport, Saffron Walden, Stansted Mountfitchet, Takeley and Thaxted. Some non-strategic development is also proposed in larger villages. The plan does not propose any development in smaller villages, other than modest infill, nor in the open countryside.  

It seeks to ensure that future development preserves and enhances the experience of existing communities, whilst providing a range of new facilities and infrastructure, and ensuring that 35% of the homes built are affordable homes.

Paper copies of the draft plan will be available to view at the start of the consultation at the District Council's offices in Saffron Walden and at local libraries.

A series of exhibitions will be held across the district for residents to come and find out more about the plan - details will be available soon. Each household in the district will also receive further information about the draft plan and the consultation exercise that residents are encouraged to participate in.

As well as commenting online, responses to the consultation can be submitted by email or post using a form which is available from the District Council and local libraries. Responses can be sent by email to or via post to: Local Plan Team, Uttlesford District Council, London Road, Saffron Walden CB11 4ER.

The responses received will be used to inform the final version of the plan which the council will consult on again next year. The final plan will then be submitted to the Secretary of State for independent examination by a Planning Inspector.

31 October 2023