Councillors at R4U led Uttlesford District Council have voted to start a new Local Plan ‘from scratch’ after Inspectors found the past two plans submitted by the previous administration to be unsound. The councillors’ decision was guided by an independent review into the best way forward that was commissioned by UDC through the Local Government Association.
At the Uttlesford District Council meeting the vast majority of councillors voted to start a new Local Plan, including all the R4U, Independent and Green councillors along with half of the Conservatives and nearly a third of the Liberal Democrats.
R4U Chair & Leader UDC
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.