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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)

Developer Contributions (March 2023) (PDF) [826KB]

Essex Coast Recreational disturbance Avoidance and Mitigation Strategy (RAMS) (September 2020)

Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (October 2007) (PDF) [237KB]

Urban Place Supplement to the Essex Design Guide (March 2007) (PDF) [9MB]

Replacement Dwellings (September 2006) (PDF) [208KB]

Home Extensions (November 2005) (PDF) [1MB]

Accessible Homes and Play Space (November 2005) (PDF) [244KB]

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.

Building for a healthy life (PDF) [15MB]

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.

First Homes Planning Advice Notice (PDF) [403KB]

Shopfront Design Guide

The Shopfront Design Guide for Uttlesford (PDF) [640KB] was endorsed as a material consideration at LPLG on 9 February 2022.

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 Interim Climate Change Planning Policy (PDF) [3MB] . 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.

Solar farms

Guidance on applications for solar farms in the Uttlesford district.

Solar Farms (July 2021)

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. 

Brownfield land register

Parish plans

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.

Uttlesford Design Code

We are working with the community to prepare design codes for the area - a set of guides that will shape how future development here should be designed.

You can read about the design code and how you can get involved on the Uttlesford Design Code website.

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.

Statement of Community Involvement (PDF) [737KB]

Local Plan Community Engagement Strategy (PDF) [476KB]

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