The new draft Uttlesford Local Plan is in its second iteration. The emerging plan was rejected by the Planning Inspectorate in 2014 at a £2m cost to local taxpayers. The reasons included UDC’s failure to cooperate, a lack of supporting evidence, a non-transparent process by which sites were chosen, and the selection of council’s preferred sites in unsustainable locations. Sites identified as being in particularly for poor locations for large-scale building were the east of the station in Elsenham and on the east of Saffron Walden.
Current Development Sites Being Considered
For the new 2015 draft of the Plan, UDC is considering is areas in red on the map below. We have detailed pages for each of the main locations :
Clavering | Elsenham | Felsted | Henham | Great Chesterford | Great Dunmow | Little Canfield | Little Dunmow | Little Easton | Newport | Saffron Walden | Sewards End | Stansted Mountfitchet | Stebbing | Takeley | Thaxted | See all sites for all villages on the UDC website
2015 new Local Plan Context
After their draft Local Plan was rejected, Uttlesford District Council started a new Local Plan process in 2015. The start of the process included a ‘call for sites’. This asked all landowners and developers to come forward with land that they’d like to develop within the Local Plan period. In effect this means between now and 2033. There are a surplus of potential development sites across the district, so the council will consult and consider which ones it wishes to include as part of its Local Plan.