Newport, Quendon & Rickling
Neighbourhood Plan
  1. Title 8
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  3. Title 3
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  10. Title 13
  11. Title 14
  12. Title 15

Regulation 14​​
Pre-submission Consultation

Next stage

Regulation 15
Submission of the Plan to UDC
What do YOU want the villages of Newport, Quendon and Rickling to look like in 10 or 15 years time?
We have the right to guide the future shape and function of our own villages via something called a Neighbourhood Plan. It is a formal agreement for the long-term development of where we live. Residents are involved at every step via surveys, consultations and a referendum at the end. And once adopted, most likely in 2017/18, we can use our plan to guide development in our villages. It is a legally binding roadmap for the future of our villages that we all decide. 

​The Neighbourhood Plan allows YOU to have your say, and help shape the future of where we live.

To develop and oversee the production of a Neighbourhood Plan that will conserve the character of Newport, Quendon and Rickling villages whilst allowing for long-term economic and social growth together with sustainable development. The process will be:

      • Inclusive – offering the opportunity to participate for all residents.
      • Comprehensive – identifying all the important infrastructure and facilities needed to plan for the future.
      • Positive – bringing forward proposals which will improve the quality of life in Newport, Quendon and Rickling.


The introduction of neighbourhood planning is part of wider challenges to the planning system in the Localism Act 2011. The Act claims to shift decision making from central government to communities and councils. Neighbourhood planning helps town and parish councils to prepare a plan for their area, in close consultation with residents, businesses and other local organisations. Neighbourhood Plans are for the social, economic and environmental wellbeing of everyone in the community.


A Steering Group has been set up to see us through the process.  The members are Cllr Howard Bowman (Newport Parish Council), Cllr Brandon Chapman (Quendon & Rickling Parish Council), Cllr Anthony Gerard (UDC & Newport Parish Council), Cllr Neil Hargreaves (Uttlesford District Council), Tracey Hepting (Quendon resident), David Mayle (Newport resident), Chris Murphy (Newport resident) and Mike Hannant (Newport resident). It currently meets weekly. The funds for the Plan will be provided by the Parish Councils and through grants made by the Government and the District Council. 

In recent years a substantial number of new houses have been approved for Newport, increasing its size from 950 houses to 1150, and adding an elderly care village. Quendon and Rickling have increased in size by 41 houses over the same period. 

Development is controlled by the Local Plan of the District Council. However the current Local Plan was adopted in 2005 and needs to be replaced. The District Council published its first draft in 2012 but withdrew it in 2014.

The fact that the Local Plan is out of date in some respects has led to the submission of a number of planning applications for housing on sites that were not considered to be suitable in the existing Local Plan and are not identified as appropriate in the draft Local Plan. This situation creates a great deal of uncertainty.

It is vital that the whole community understands the implications of approving or refusing such applications. The Neighbourhood Plan must be in line with the Local Plan when it emerges but it can have a great influence on the way the agreed amount of deployment takes place.

We have embarked on the Neighbourhood Plan in order to give the community a voice in what kind of villages Newport, Quendon and Rickling will be in 5, 10 or 20 years’ time and to gain some influence over inevitable changes.