New Health Centre Building
With the planning issues behind us the new Health Centre opened its doors in October 2016. The new Dental Practice opened at the same time and already has acquired a large client base. An application for a new Pharmacy in the building has now been made.
The new Co-op opened for business in November and we are awaiting other retail units to be installed.
The proposed Coffee venue failed to materialise and the front retail space is now occupied by an Estate Agency.
The new Mini-roundabout at the bottom of Chapel Hill is coping with the demands of traffic very well. However, the positioning of the its core has caused some dangerous incidents.
The construction of a Pedestrian crossing in Lower Street has yet to be started.
New development at Stansted Airport
The MAG Group, who own Stansted Airport, have received planning permission to develop land on the North side of the Airport for industrial purposes as well as establishing a College of Further Education which will focus on developing skills associated with the airport and aircraft engineering.
This will be a great boost to the area and will be part of the new London, Harlow, Stansted and Cambridge Corridor where scientific excellence is the aspiration.
This is in the early stages of formation but, with the planned move of the NHS England HQ to Harlow and the Genome Research establishment in Cambridge, already up and running, the future looks exciting.
However, this also creates pressure on our Parish where such development
makes our location a prime target for more homes.
Our proximity to Stansted Airport has prompted an approach from the town of Rungis, near to Paris, Orly Airport, proposing a twinning arrangement. This has been welcomed by the Parish Council and the Stansted Business Forum and discussions are underway.
Rungis is home to the largest covered Wholesale Market in Europe thus offering both business and educational opportunities for our community.
To view the table of overall results of 'Call for Sites' in Uttlesford then click here:
In March 2015 Uttlesford issued a "Call for Sites" to be received between 1st April and 1st June 2015.
The 'Call for Sites' was an opportunity for developers, landowners, individuals and other interested parties to suggest sites within Uttlesford District for development. The suggested sites will be used to inform the preparation of the site allocations within the Local Plan, but this call for sites exercise will not in itself determine whether a site should be allocated for development.
The results of this exercise were published 8th December 2015 and it shows us , within the Parish of Stansted Mountfitchet, what we are faced with nam and that, in the old planning system, we would be extremely vulnerable to indiscriminant and speculative planning applications which would, in a developer led environment, see us swamped by new housing developments. A Neighbourhood Plan , with the added backing of the UDC's Local Plan, will provide a shift of the balance of power over to our community.
To view the results of the call for sites in the Stansted Parish click here:
Local Plan Delayed
Late 2016 the Local Plan process was halted as it became clear that certain procedures were not being adhered to and that there was suspicion of some political interference in the process.
The main issues involved how to accommodate the new Government Housing Target of over 14,000 homes to be provided within the Uttlesford district.
It has become clear that possibly 2, or even 3, new settlements will need to be considered. This process has been further complicated by the insistence of some senior District Councillors to keep the "Elshenham" project on the agenda, despite being refused by the Inspector in 2015 because of the lack of adequate road infrastructure. This had created a revision of the deadline date for submission of the Local Plan to the Government which has been set for April 2018.
This has given our Neighbourhood Planning Group relief, in one sense, but also uncertainty in that Uttlesford has yet to release its plans for extra housing requirements at Stansted Mountfitchet. At present this has been muted as between 30 and 70 extra homes but we await confirmation.
The consultation process for the Local Plan took place 12th July - 31st August 2017.
UTTLESFORD DISTRICT COUNCIL
LOCAL PLAN UPDATE