New design code

We are putting together a new design code for Uttlesford and need your help.

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 so we are planning to run a number of workshops which will take various formats - including online, in-person and walking tours - so that you can help to shape the code.

About the project

We have put together an introductory video to explain the project in more detail.

Watch the introductory video on YouTube.

We have also have a video which tells you more about the Uttlesford Distinctive Places survey and accompanying walking tours.

Watch the Uttlesford Distinctive Places survey and walking tours video on YouTube.


Producing the design code

The first stage in this process is 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 aim of this first stage of the project to put together a design code is to:

  • identify what is special about Uttlesford
  • reflect local aspirations
  • deal with local concerns
  • respond to people's hopes and fears for the future

Join a walking tour

To inform this process we will be hosting 3 free walking tours in different parts of the district.

The walking tours 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 and you can book to join any of the then on Eventbrite.

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

Book now

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

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

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In addition, we are encouraging local people to carry out their own self-led walking tours and the 'Uttlesford distinctive places' video has further guidance on this. .