Cllr Lodge continued “I’ve been asked a number of times recently why we haven’t withdrawn the Local Plan because it was submitted by the previous Conservative administration. The truth is we must stop the Tory’s decade-long developer-free-for-all that has overrun our historic towns and villages. The quickest way is for this plan to pass inspection and be adopted. Withdrawing it would mean 4 more years of speculative development, a further £3million cost for the council taxpayer, and thousands more houses. Council officers have assured us that the plan was ready for inspection. We have committed that if this is found not to be the case by the Inspectors, then we will positively work with them to resolve any issues. It is imperative to create the best outcome for Uttlesford residents.”
The second week of the Uttlesford Local Plan examination hearings start at 9:30 on Tuesday 16th July at the UDC offices in Saffron Walden. The hearings are open to the public. More information can be found on the UDC website in the Local Plan section.