Supplementary Planning Documents and other planning guidance
Find out about the standards that we have adopted for some types of development and planning documents that we use to help make decisions on planning applications.
Supplementary Planning Documents (SPD)
Other planning guidance
Building for a Healthy Life
This design guidance sets the standard for well-designed homes and neighbourhoods. It has been adopted by Uttlesford District Council and was endorsed by the Local Plan Leadership Group on 28 October 2021.
The guidance is based on 'Building for a Healthy Life', a government-endorsed industry standard, and will be used to inform decisions on planning applications.
First Homes Planning Advisory Note
This Planning Advisory Note (PAN) provides guidance to applicants on how Uttlesford District Council will apply the government's policy on First Homes. It was considered at Local Plan Leadership Group (LPLG) on 9 March 2022 and will be considered at Cabinet on 28 March 2022. LPLG considered that the operation of the PAN should be reviewed in 6 months.
Shopfront Design Guide
This shopfront design guidance provides detailed advice on local shopfront design, including the:
- repair or refurbishment of existing shop-frontages
- reinstatement of lost frontages and details
- introduction of new shopfronts
Interim Climate Change Planning Policy
On 9 February 2021, Uttlesford District Council approved as non-statutory development management guidance an . This policy aims to ensure that development contributes to climate change mitigation and adaptation.
While not a formal planning policy in its own right, the document draws upon a range of established policies, guidance and good practice. Applicants should therefore be able to apply the interim policies to their proposals and, where necessary, provide a suitable explanation where they have not been applied.
Guidance on applications for solar farms in the Uttlesford district.
Brownfield land register
The brownfield land register is a list of previously development sites in the district that we have assessed as being suitable for housing and which also meet the criteria set out in the Town and Country Planning (Brownfield Land Register) Regulation 2017.
A number of parish and village plans have been adopted as council approved guidance in determining planning applications and the preparation of the local development framework. These can be found on the parish and village plans page.
Parish design statements
A number of design statements have been produced by parish councils, they can be found on the design statements page.
Highways and parking standards
We have adopted the Uttlesford Local Residential Parking Standards as an addition to the Essex Design Guide Parking Standards. Further information can be found on the local residential parking standards page.
Essex Design Guide
The Essex Design Guide (EDG) has been digitally revamped to provide contemporary socio economic, environmental, and best practice guidance to planners and those interested in the provision of new housing developments.
The Essex Design Guide on the EDG website.
Draft Developers' Contributions Supplementary Planning Guidance 2022
On 29 March 2022 the Uttlesford cabinet resolved to approve the draft developers' contribution guidance for public consultation as a supplementary planning document (SPD) linked to the 2005 adopted Local Plan. As it is yet to be consulted upon, and any representations responded to, the draft document does not yet have the weight of an SPD and is being published now to assist applicants.
Statement of Community Involvement and Engagement Strategy
The Statement of Community Involvement and the Community Engagement Strategy were approved by Cabinet on 9 March 2021.