Felsted Neighbourhood Plan is formally adopted

A planning document which will help to shape change and growth in Felsted has been formally adopted by Uttlesford District Council.

The Felsted Neighbourhood Plan was officially 'made' at a meeting of the council on 25 February. This means the plan will now become a statutory development document when dealing with planning applications in the Felsted parish. 

The decision follows a successful referendum held in the parish on 30 January which saw 687 people vote in favour of the plan and 65 vote against it.

Felsted is now the third parish in the district to get a neighbourhood plan in place, following Great Dunmow and Thaxted. A number of other towns and villages are also in the various stages of preparing their own plans including Ashdon, Great & Little Chesterford, Newport and Quendon & Rickling, Saffron Walden, Stansted Mountfitchet and Stebbing.

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 is committed to supporting towns and villages through the neighbourhood planning process, and puts a stronger focus on this work in its recently approved new Corporate Plan 2020-24 (see www.uttlesford.gov.uk/corporate-plan). The council also has an agreement with the Rural Community Council of Essex to support communities interested in community-led planning.

For more information about neighbourhood plans, including the Felsted Neighbourhood Plan, visit www.uttlesford.gov.uk/neighbourhoodplans.

3 March 2020