Local Plan 2005
The council is required to decide planning application in accordance with the development plan unless there are other more important factors which need to be considered.
Printed copies of the 2005 plan can be purchased for £25.
Adopted Uttlesford Local Plan 2005
The current local plan was adopted in 2005. It provides the basis for all planning decisions within the district. It contains policies relating to the location of development and protection of environmental features. These policies are monitored and reviewed by the council to make sure that the policies are meeting the council's aims.
The written statements of the Uttlesford Local Plan contain the adopted policies and supporting text as adopted by the council in 2005.
Local Plan maps
The inset maps from the Uttlesford Local Plan are arranged in alphabetical order by parish. Great Dunmow and Saffron Walden town insets are available as separate maps. A explains the symbols and colours used in the maps.
You can also use our Constraints map to see Local Plan information and policies.
Changes since adoption
The following changes have been made to the Local Plan since adoption.
Some changes have been made to conservation areas. You can view maps of the revised boundaries of reviewed conservation areas on the Conservation area appraisals page.
Three 'made' Neighbourhood Plans have been adopted by the District Council as part of the Statutory development plan. They now sit alongside the Uttlesford Local Plan Adopted 2005. Should planning permission be sought in areas covered by any adopted neighbourhood plan, the application must be determined in accordance with both the neighbourhood plan and the Local Plan. These Neighbourhood Plans are:
- Felsted Neighbourhood Plan
- Great Dunmow Neighbourhood Plan
- Newport and Quendon & Rickling Neighbourhood Plan
- Thaxted Neighbourhood Plan
Other supporting documents
The council made an application in July 2007 to save the policies in the Uttlesford District Local Plan. The Secretary of State's direction in respect of this request was received in December 2007. All the policies except two, which relate to completed development sites in Takeley, have been saved.
The National Planning Policy Framework (DCLG March 2012), which sets out the government's planning policy, states that due weight should be given to relevant policies in existing plans according to their degree of consistency with the Framework. In other words, the closer the policies in the local plan to the policies in the Framework, the greater the weight that may be given. The Adopted Local Plan has been assessed for compliance with the National Planning Policy Framework.
Other documents which make up the Local Plan are: