R4U Chair & Leader UDC
Cllr Lodge continued “I’ve been asked a number of times recently why we haven’t withdrawn the Local Plan because it was submitted by the previous Conservative administration.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.
About Residents for Uttlesford
Residents for Uttlesford (R4U) is the local independent party of north-west Essex towns and villages. Formed in 2014 by a number of residents’ groups, the party believes that on local issues residents should decide, not Westminster parties. R4U’s success has been based on the desire to give local people a voice and implement long range strategic and sustainable plans for their area.
R4U leads Uttlesford District Council (UDC). In its first election in 2015 it became the second party at UDC. In the May 2019 R4U gained majority control of UDC winning two-thirds of the seats. The result delivered the biggest loss of seats by any UK Conservative controlled council in the UK. In 2021 the party won half the Essex County Council seats in Uttlesford district.
R4U also leads Saffron Walden Town Council, where under its stewardship the council has rebuilt finances, invested in community assets, and won multiple awards, including the best run council in Essex. It is a minority party on Great Dunmow Town Council.
Residents for Uttlesford can be found on the web at www.residents4u.org.