Bouncing back together - October 2021 to March 2023

Connecting People and Places

Connecting People and Places

Our priorities 

  • Grow the district in a sustainable way supported by health, leisure and community facilities
  • Develop our infrastructure leading to improved journeys in and across the district
  • Deliver good quality affordable homes for local people
  • Create thriving Town Centres for everyone to enjoy
  • Improve the districts digital connectivity and use innovation in technology

We will

  • Adopt the Braintree District Local Plan providing a vision for the future growth of the district
  • Rejuvenate Braintree town centre by completing the Victoria Square development providing a Livewell health hub, 35 apartments, a hotel, bus interchange and public open space
  • Continue to support the safe return to our town centres and help build back together from the pandemic using the Welcome Back fund and other available funding
  • Deliver events in Braintree town centre to increase footfall and support local retailers taking advantage of the newly pedestrianised town centre
  • Deliver physical improvements to the town centres of Witham and Halstead
  • Enable the delivery of 500 affordable homes across the district from April 2021 until March 2023
  •  Develop a new Housing Strategy setting out how the Council will support the availability of good quality homes which best meet the needs of the current and future residents

Working together we will

  • Continue to work with our partners on the planning decisions of strategic highway schemes for the A12, A120 and A131 Chelmsford Bypass
  • Work with partners including Essex Highways on the delivery of our Cycling Strategy and implementation plan which includes developing integrated, high quality cycle routes that are safe to use and connected across our district
  • Introduce the new Digital Demand Responsive Transport service, linking Horizon 120, with fleets of electric mini-buses, to surrounding areas and central Braintree
  • Continue to support and monitor Superfast Essex in the delivery of Superfast Broadband across the district
  • Facilitate the delivery of a purpose-built medical centre in Sible Hedingham.
  • Continue to work with our partners on the planning decisions of strategic highway schemes for the A12, A120 and A131 Chelmsford Bypass