Local Plan letter delayed until after General Election

Uttlesford District Council has been advised that the inspectors' letter setting out their views on the Local Plan has been delayed until after the General Election on 12 December.

The Local Plan is being examined by two inspectors appointed by the Planning Inspectorate, whose role is to determine whether the plan is sound and legally compliant in accordance with planning policy.

The council had been expecting to receive a letter in October, and had anticipated that this would indicate how the plan would be progressed following the Stage 1 public examination hearings that were held in July.

However, the Planning Inspectorate has said that it will not be issuing any letters regarding the soundness or legal compliance of local plans before the election. This is due to something called the 'pre-election period' which restricts politically sensitive decisions or announcements being made in the run-up to an election.

The council has been advised by the Planning Inspectorate that it is unlikely to receive the inspectors' letter until the New Year.

For information about the Local Plan examination, visit www.uttlesford.gov.uk/local-plan-examination.

12 November 2019