Uttlesford District Council is making efforts to speed up planning applications. They recently announced that they will be issuing new guidelines to developers. By providing clearer guidance about what they expect, UDC believes that fewer new housing applications will fail and critically for residents it will provide clearer up-front transparency for both existing residents and the UDC Planning Committee about proposed improvements to infrastructure.
The council was quoted in the Saffron Walden Weekly News (page 17) when they covered the news:
In the document it sets out what we should expect from developers in regards to a range of areas – such as affordable housing, the recreation open space provision, and landscaping and education contributions – which are all required for a new housing development.
Contributions towards high- way improvements may also be required on a site by site basis.
These measures must be taken as new houses can place a burden on existing provision which is deficient in many areas.