Local Plan Consultation Set to Start

Local Plan Consultation Set to Start

The district council want to know your thoughts on their Local Plan that deals with development in Uttesford upto 2041

The public consultation for the Local Plan gets under tomorrow (November 3) and will continue until Friday, December 15. During this time you can give your views on the proposals and associated policies contained in the draft document.

The quickest and easiest way to read the draft plan and to provide feedback will be via the the district council’s website: www.uttlesford.gov.uk/new-local-plan.

Responses can be sent by email to localplan@uttlesford.gov.uk or via post to: Local Plan Team, Uttlesford District Council, London Road, Saffron Walden CB11 4ER., using a form available in local libraries.

Your responses 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.

Where should housing go?

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.