Felsted Neighbourhood Plan gets public backing in referendum

Felsted has become the latest parish in Uttlesford to have a Neighbourhood Plan, which will help to shape change and growth in the parish.

A referendum was held on Thursday 30 January and the count carried out that night. A total of 687 voted in favour of the neighbourhood plan, and 65 voted against it. The turnout was about 32%.

Following this result, a report will need to be taken to Uttlesford District Council with a recommendation that the neighbourhood plan be given formal approval. Once this happens the plan will become a statutory development document when dealing with planning applications in the Felsted parish. 

Neighbourhood plans establish local planning policies for the development and use of land within an area. Their purpose is to assess the character of the area, realise the hopes and aspirations of the community, and set policies to influence what future development should look like.

Uttlesford District Council has established an agreement with the Rural Community Council of Essex to support communities interested in community-led planning.

Great Dunmow and Thaxted both have a neighbourhood plan in place, whilst a number of other towns and villages are in the various stages of preparing their own plans including Ashdon, Great & Little Chesterford, Newport and Quendon & Rickling, Saffron Walden, Stansted Mountfitchet and Stebbing.

For more information, visit www.uttlesford.gov.uk/neighbourhoodplans.

31 January 2020