Residents for Uttlesford (R4U) has announced that its manifesto promise to fix Planning and Development at UDC has passed another major milestone with the publishing of the independent review that the R4U-led administration commissioned; and that it is intent on adopting the recommendations for improvement.
Cllr Lodge continued “The root-and-branch review is complete and it recommends significant improvements to planning leadership, operating procedures and practices. Major changes are also required in the management of planning applications, developer obligations, planning enforcement, and governance; and improvements in skills, capacity and training. Gaps that need filling were also identified in town planning, urban design and contract law. It is clear that the previous administration at UDC had starved the planning function of resources, driven it into the ground, and let developers run all over it. We thank the independent LGA expert team for their detailed work and accept their recommendations.”
R4U’s John Lodge concluded “UDC needs a planning function that is fighting fit to deal with the government’s continued pro-developer laws that force thousands of houses on districts like Uttlesford. The interim UDC chief executive has already started considering the implementation of the recommendations. When the new chief executive starts at the beginning of October, we look forward to fully supporting him and his entire officer team in making the changes required which residents deserve and our district needs.”