R4U delighted that Newport, Quendon & Ricking Neighbourhood Plan enters Pre-Submission Public Consultation

Residents for Uttlesford (R4U) has said it is delighted that the Newport, Quendon & Ricking Neighbourhood Plan has entered the Pre-Submission Public Consultation phase and is available for public comment until 15th June 2018.

The Draft Newport, Quendon & Rickling Neighbourhood Plan has been developed by a residents’ Steering Group and led by R4U District Councillors Anthony Gerard and Neil Hargreaves, and made up of residents and parish councillors from both villages.

Anthony Gerard (R4U) Anthony Gerard (R4U)

R4U’s Cllr Anthony Gerard said “The Newport, Quendon & Rickling Neighbourhood Plan includes a set of policies to guide development within our villages until 2033. It says that development must be sustainable and meet the needs of local residents. Development should not distort the shape and essence of our villages as they evolve, but they must remain as villages – not towns. The Plan also says that building should happen on brownfield sites before countryside. And it requires developers to pay their fair share towards the infrastructure we need, such as roads, healthcare, sports and community facilities. It also says that new homes cannot be sold if there are no local school places.  There are also policies to address traffic pollution, which must be kept below legally safe limits. Neighbourhood Plans are important because they provide legally binding policies that can be used to decide which planning applications are fit for purpose in our villages.”


NQR Neighbourhood Plan Team L-R: Judy Emanuel, Chris Murphy, Howard Bowman, Anthony Gerard, Neil Hargreaves, David Mayle, Brandon Chapman, Tracey Hepting, Mike Hannant (Not present) web

Neil Hargreaves (R4U) Neil Hargreaves (R4U)

R4U’s Cllr Neil Hargreaves, who also led the team, said “This is a residents Plan. Whilst we led the work for our villages, it is the result of a lot of hard work by local resident volunteers and the parish councils, and with help from UDC staff. We are delighted that it has reached the important pre-submission public consultation, and strongly recommend that businesses, community groups and residents respond before 15th June. All comments received will be carefully considered and the Plan adjusted as necessary before formal submission to Uttlesford District Council who will run the local referendum to adopt the plan. Please visit www.nqrplan.org to read the Plan and find out how to comment, or attend our roadshows from 3-8pm at Newport Church House on Tuesday 22nd May and again at Quendon Village Hall on Tuesday 29th.”

About Residents for Uttlesford

Residents for Uttlesford (R4U) is the local party of towns and villages. The party was formed by a number of residents’ groups in north-west Essex to provide a strong, independent voice for local people. The party believes that on local issues local residents should decide, not politicians from Westminster parties.

Uttlesford residents achieved their first election gains in 2013 and have been increasing their voter share ever since. R4U is the fastest growing local political movement in the district. In 2015 they became the second party in Uttlesford District Council. In 2017 R4U achieved further gains with a 60% share of the vote in a local district council by-election. The party is the fastest growing local political movement in the area. Success has been based on the group’s desire to give local people a voice and implement long range strategic and sustainable plans for their area.

Residents for Uttlesford also has numerous Town and Parish Councillors. It is the largest party at Saffron Walden Town Council, where under its stewardship, the council has rebuilt its finances, invested in community assets, and won multiple awards.

R4U can be found on the web at www.residents4u.org.

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