Uttlesford/Chelmsford Local Plan & Housing

Over the next five years we will spend more than £35m on building new council homes and maintaining our existing council houses. Uttlesford's emerging Local Plan was debated at an extraordinary meeting of the District Council on 16 November 2016.

Uttlesford District 

The current local plan in Uttlesford was adopted in 2005. It provides the basis for all planning decisions within the district. It contains policies relating to the location of development and protection of environmental features. These policies are monitored and reviewed by the council to make sure that the policies are meeting the council's aims.

The Council made an application in July 2007 to save the policies in the Uttlesford District Local Plan. The Secretary of State's direction in respect of this request was received in December 2007. 

On 4 July 2014 the Local Plan and its supporting documents were submitted for independent examination to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government via the Planning Inspectorate.   The council formally withdrew the Local Plan on 21 January 2015. Further to the Inspector's comments on 19 December Uttlesford District Council officially withdrew its draft Local Plan from the Examination process. A 'Call for Sites' took place between 1 April and 1 June 2015. A revised plan will need to be submitted in due course and the timetable for this has been set out in a revised Local Development Scheme (LDS).  The LDS will need to be approved by Cabinet before it is sent to the Planning Inspectorate.

The Issues and Options consultation ran from 9am on Thursday 22 October and closed at 4.30pm on Friday 4 December 2015.The consultation document and the Non-Technical Summary of the Sustainability Appraisal referred to in the document are available as PDF files from the Councils website, together with a joint statement by the three group leaders of the Council. Statement of Community Involvement (SCI) consultation then ran between 24 February to 8 April 2016.

Uttlesford's emerging Local Plan was debated at an extraordinary meeting of the District Council on 16 November 2016. The Council formally suspended the Local Plan process with an update expected in 2017. 

Chelmsford City

Chelmsford City Council are currently working on a new Local Plan, which will shape future growth and development in Chelmsford until 2036. The new Local Plan will replace our current plans, and will make sure that the right types of developments are built in the right places.We will develop the new local plan over the next two years, before we adopt it in 2018.




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