Uttlesford’s planning process set to be sped up

DRAWN out decisions on major planning applications are set to be a thing of the past as Uttlesford District Council takes on more responsibility.

Uttlesford has taken charge from Essex County Council (ECC) over the legal cash earmarked for highways improvements. The move will help to avoid lengthy delays that can occur when the county council needs to be a signatory.

Despite the change in responsibility, the district council will continue to consult with ECC on the need for contributions or other obligations. It will then secure agreement with the developer, collect the money and pay it to ECC.

A district council spokesman said: “The objective is to make the process quicker and avoid lengthy delays. This will be a significant factor determining major planning applications more quickly.”