Act 2 of the Local Plan examination starts next week (comm. 16th July), when the Inspectors will seek answers to a long list of questions pertaining to the proposed garden communities.

Continuing the opera analogy, expect the big guns to be rolled out and numerous arias from the principle protagonists, namely developers and those opposing urbanization of the countryside. Divos, divas and librettists in plentiful supply!

The Great Chesterford “A” team (that did such a good job in Act 1) will be centre stage with a supporting cast of landscape, archeological and transport consultants to present the evidence against North Uttlesford Garden Community (NUGC). The suitability of this site and the case for building a new town is weak and further undermined by what is happening the other side of the county boundary. 

Great Chesterford Parish Council has done a fantastic job of assembling a forensic-standard of evidence in opposition to NUGC. Expect barrister, Victoria Hutton, to be in full flow!

As if you need to be reminded! – legal and specialist representation at the examination is costing Great Chesterford Parish Council more than £70,000. We need your help to meet this cost.


Each day of the examination will be audio-streamed via the UDC website  starting 9.30am. There is limited seating for public in the gallery (and very limited car parking).

Tue, 16th July General matters in relation to garden communities.

Wed 17th July Specific matters for Eastern Park, NUGC and West of Braintree.

Thu 18th July Strategic infrastructure and Stansted Airport.

Fri 19th July Reserve day in case of overrun.

To read the report of Act 1 (the first three days of the examination) click here.

The GCPC “A” team. From left: David Hall, GCPC; Rosalind Nuttall, Birketts; Victoria Hutton, barrister; Nicky Parsons, Pegasus.