Councillors will consider a draft version of the Uttlesford Local Plan this week ahead of the start of consultation later this month.

Uttlesford District Council is required to prepare for almost 14,000 homes over the next 20 years, although about 8,000 of those have already been built or have planning permission.

The draft plan, published on Tuesday September 26, proposes allocations for 6,076 additional homes over the period 2021 to 2041.

Cllr John Evans, portfolio holder for planning (pictured), said: “We are getting closer to taking back control and being able to stem the tide of speculative development – each step taken towards adopting a new Local Plan is a step in the right direction for the district.

“This is not the final version of the plan but is a set of recommendations that look to realise the long-term aspirations for Uttlesford.

“There are some tough decisions that need to be made, but getting the public’s constructive feedback upon this draft will be a key part of the process as we continue to refine and shape the plan.”

The new draft plan will be discussed by the cross-party Local Plan leadership group on Wednesday, October 4, which will make recommendations to cabinet.

A full council meeting will then be held to decide whether or not to publish the draft local plan for public consultation. If agreed, a six-week public consultation will start from the end of October.


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