Uttlesford District Council: Emerging development opportunities
Date of Article
Sep 25 2020
Planning & Development

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Colin is a Partner and was appointed Head of Planning & Development Division in November 2020, he is based out of our Cambridge office.  He has over 25 years’ experience of planning consultancy and has a broad sphere of work.  He acts for a wide range of private, institutional and developer clients and has worked on significant planning applications and appeals.

He regularly instructs Counsel, and has appeared at a number of Local Plan examinations and in Section 78 and other appeals where he has often given evidence.  He carries out much land promotion work and has a strong track record of delivering planning consents taking projects through their entire process from site identification to construction on site.  

Away from work, Colin is Chairman of the Cambridge Forum for the Construction Industry and of the Cambridge branch of networking group, Interact.  He is also Chairman of the Dining Rights Committee at the Hawks’ Club, a sporting club in the City for Cambridge University sportsmen. He is a regular, if poor golfer, a keen cyclist and a committed, but somewhat less dangerous skier than he once was.

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Paul is an Associate Partner and works as a Planner within the Eastern Region Planning and Development Team based in Cambridge.  As a Chartered Town Planner and a Member of the RTPI, Paul has over 13 years experience working in both the public and private sector.  Paul carries a diverse case load ranging from small scale private residential developments through to large scale mixed use schemes and the promotion of Strategic Urban Extensions.  With experience of residential, leisure and commercial developments, Paul has a proven track record in project managing consultant teams and securing complex planning approvals. Paul also has experience in promoting sites through the Local Plan process, contesting planning appeals and processing enforcement action cases. 

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Matt is an Associate based in Cambridge and is a Chartered Town Planner with more than 10 years’ planning experience in both the public and private sector. Matt’s main area of expertise lies in development management and he has prepared and secured planning permission for all types and size of development proposals ranging from householder extensions to strategic residential and commercial schemes. Accordingly Matt’s Project Management skills are highly developed with respect to the preparation and submission of planning applications. Matt’s past experience in the public sector has meant that he has acted as an Expert Witness at Planning Inquiry and is well experienced with the wider appeals process in general. Matt also has experience working in the field of conservation and thus is able to advise clients in respect of development proposals affecting listed buildings and heritage assets.

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Uttlesford District Council is commencing the preparation of its new Local Plan with public consultation and engagement potentially beginning later this year.

This process is likely to include a ‘call for sites’ exercise as an issues and options draft of a new Local Plan is produced. There will therefore be opportunities to promote land for housing and commercial development, and to potentially influence emerging policies at an early stage.

Uttlesford District Council is located within north Essex and is an area with high development needs. The council recently produced a new Local Plan, however this has since been withdrawn after concerns were raised by the appointed inspector regarding the deliverability of the proposed large garden communities, which formed the central pillar of the plan’s development strategy.

A new strategy now needs to be prepared and new locations for growth will be required to accommodate future housing and commercial development.

Uttlesford District Council: Emerging Development Opportunities

It is anticipated that the council will need to allocate a mixture of sites to meet its development needs including at smaller settlements, in and on the edge of existing towns and villages, on brownfield sites and perhaps in a new settlement or settlements. All options will need to be reviewed to identify new available and suitable sites.

If you have sites that could be promoted, this may be the time to realise the development potential of your land. Carter Jonas is here to help and with our proven track record can help guide you through the process and facilitate positive engagement with the council and other stakeholders.