Saffron Walden Neighbourhood Plan

Both Saffron Walden Town Council and the Saffron Walden Neighbourhood Plan Working Group are pleased to confirm that Uttlesford District Council Cabinet considered the SWNP on 7 July 2022, where it was agreed, the plan will proceed to referendum on 15th September 2022.

The Referendum plan can be found here

The formal decision statement issued by Uttlesford District Council can be found here

Further Information can be found on the Uttlesford District Council website https://www.uttlesford.gov.uk/saffronwaldennp

Details regarding the referendum dates can be found here via the Uttlesford District Council website https://www.uttlesford.gov.uk/article/7930/Saffron-Walden-Neighbourhood-Plan-Referendum

Background Information:

At its Full Council meeting on 8th November 2021, the Town Council agreed to continue with the Saffron Walden Neighbourhood Plan.  The external examiner had raised some queries in the draft plan and none of the queries raised are insurmountable or detract significantly from the overarching principle of the plan.  The proposed Neighbourhood Plan documents the issues raised by residents of Saffron Walden and is an accurate reflection of the needs, aspirations and desires of town residents for the future of their town.  Through extensive consultation, the plan identifies specific, desirable measures which seek to improve the quality of life for both now and the future.  It seeks to protect the rich heritage of the town whilst enabling appropriate and sympathetic growth and development.

The Saffron Walden Neighbourhood Plan was always an ambitious document, seeking to offer the very best outcomes for the town and its residents.  The amendment or deletion of some policies will not detract from the essence of the plan; it will still be reflective of local issues and concerns and seek to address these in a suite of statements and policies.

Whilst the external examiner raises a number of specific matters in her interim findings, neither the Town Council or Uttlesford District Council are informed of specific amendments or deletions to individual policies.  It is anticipated that by continuing with the examination process, these specific concerns will be addressed with opportunity for SWTC and the NP Working Group to respond further.

The examiner’s final report was issued to SWTC and Uttlesford District Council on 28 April 2022 who recommended, subject to the modifications that the Saffron Walden Neighbourhood Development Plan can proceed to a referendum.

At the SWTC Full Council meeting of 4th May 2022, this report was considered as a confidential item at the request of UDC officers.

Uttlesford District Council considered the SWNP and the Examiners report on 7 July 2022 and it was resolved to proceed to referendum in September.

You can find Uttlesford District Council’s New Local Plan here

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