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A sequential assessment shows the process that you have followed to identify your proposed development site.
The statement you submit should include an executive summary and be clear, easy to read and jargon free.
You need to submit a sequential assessment if your application is for a retail or leisure development, not in an existing centre. Different size criteria apply for different areas:
- more than 1000 square metres gross affecting the Great Notley district centre
- 1500 square metres gross affecting Halstead and Witham town centre
- 2500 square metres gross affecting Braintree town centre
- 500 square metres gross affecting local centres
You can get help and advice from our Duty Planner on sequential assessments and other types of planning applications.
You can get detailed feedback on your proposal by using our pre-application advice service.
Personal and confidential statement
We may publish any information you submit as part of your application. You must tell us if there is any information you do not want us to publish when you submit your application.
If however, we believe that this information is in the public interest, we reserve the right to publish it.
We may also decide parts of your submission are not in the public interest and may redact this information. This information may include telephone numbers, email addresses and signatures.
- When you need to submit this information
Depending on the details of your application, you may have to submit a sequential assessment when you are making an application for:
- Agricultural development
- Change of use
- Commercial, industrial and non-residential
- Outline permission with all reserved matters
- Outline permission with some reserved matters
- Permission in principle
- Removal or variation of conditions
- Reserved matters
- Residential new build
- Technical details consent
If your application is for one of these types of planning permission, you need to submit a sequential assessment if your proposed development is for:
- a retail and leisure development over 2,500 square metres gross floor space
- a retail and leisure development less than 2,500 square metres floor space that is likely to have a significant impact on shopping centres
- other town centre uses when they are in an edge of centre or out of centre location and not in accordance with the local development plan.
- Validation requirements
- National requirement. You can find details of this requirement in section 7 of the National Planning Policy Framework
- Local requirement. You can find details of this requirement in:
- Local plan review policy RLP3
- Local plan review policy RLP90
- Local plan review policy RLP112
- Local plan review policy RLP113
- Local plan review policy RLP114
- Core strategy policy CS6
- Core strategy policy CS9
- Draft local plan policy SP1
- Draft local plan policy LPP1
- Draft local plan policy LPP10
- Draft local plan policy LPP15
- Draft local plan policy LPP50
- Draft local plan policy LPP55