Here is a press release issued today by Great Dunmow Town Council:
12-July 2012: The Great Dunmow Town Council has rejected the Uttlesford District Council Draft Local Plan for the reasons set out below.
The District Council has failed in its duty to support the neighbourhood planning process and to adopt a ‘cooperative and collaborative’ approach, as required by the government.
The process by which the District Council has arrived at this draft plan is we believe, fundamentally flawed and denies proper consultation. In particular, but not restricted to, the fact that the consultation on site allocations in January failed to evaluate the current sites and took place in advance of a decision on the overall housing requirement and that the current consultation expressly excludes comment on the site allocations themselves.
The formulation of the ‘strategic’ framework in the plan, amounting to specific sites that meet the total housing requirement for the whole plan period effectively precludes the preparation of a meaningful neighbourhood plan as clearly envisaged by the government.
Many of the proposed policies are too generic in that they do not offer clear unambiguous guidance to afford protection where it matters, and clear robust guidance on what this community regards as sustainable development.
The residents of Dunmow expect the District to work with them on meeting the challenges presented by national planning policy, not against them.
The Town Council urges all residents to respond to the Draft Local Plan by letter, email or online. The deadline for comments is 5pm on Monday 23rd July 2012. The document can be viewed on line or downloaded from http://www.uttlesford.gov.uk (use the link to Developing Uttlesford) or contact the District Council Offices on 01799 510461.