The timetable for the Local Plan is called the Local Development Scheme (LDS). It sets out the important dates when decisions will be made and when documents will be published for the preparation of the Local Plan.

Update on local plan timetable

On 13 September 2022 Uttlesford District Council announced a pause to our current published local plan timetable.

Cllr Petrina Lees, Leader of the Council, said: “It cannot be overstressed how essential it is that our district’s next local plan succeeds in delivering what local people need in way of new and appropriate housing, as well as necessary infrastructure, while at the same time meeting the government’s requirement for housing numbers. The new plan needs to not only positively shape the future growth of our area, but also protect the unique local character of our beautiful and historic district.

“It was hoped that the Council would be ready to publish the next local plan draft for review over the next month. I am sorry to have to share that there is more work to be done before that can happen.

“A draft local plan is far too important to rush, and I will settle for publishing nothing less than a document which demonstrates that the district’s draft policies will live up to the standards that our residents deserve, addresses the real infrastructure requirements, and will also meet the technical requirements of the government’s Planning Inspectors.

“Residents are aware that since 2019 UDC has been undertaking a significant improvement programme in its planning capability. To create better outcomes, we have already put in place a number of process and recent team changes, and it will take time for these to bear fruit. We will continue our work on it and will bring forward a new local plan timetable over the coming weeks.

“Notwithstanding the frustration a delay may bring – and I wish to thank everyone who is working so hard on it – we have to get this right. To push forward with an incomplete or incompletely evidenced plan would be reckless. We have a committed team of professional officers and a passionate group of councillors from all parties providing input, oversight and any necessary challenge to the process and who continue to be dedicated to delivering the best for our area.”

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