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Braintree District Development Plan

Braintree District Development Plan

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The Publication Draft Local Plan

The plan - divided as Section 1 and Section 2, was submitted to the Planning Inspectorate on 9th October 2017.

Local Plan - Section 1

North Essex Local Plan Examination - Technical Consultation 2019 - closed 5pm Monday 30th September 2019. Responses are being processed.

Read the documents and responses made via the link above - the documents were also available to view at:

  • Braintree District Council Offices CM7 9HB
  • Braintree Library
  • Witham Library
  • Halstead Library
  • Colchester Library

Mr. Roger Clews (BA MSc DipEd DipTP MRTPI) is the Inspector for Section 1.

The consultation followed examination hearings. Full details and post hearing letters from and to the Inspector are available on the Examination Documents – Correspondence and Notifications webpage

The Planning Inspector decided more evidence was needed to make the “innovative and ambitious” plans for three garden communities in the region sound.

In his letter to the North Essex Authorities [NEAs] dated 10 December 2018, the Inspector announced a pause in the examination while the NEAs carry out further work on the evidence base and Sustainability Appraisal [SA].

Section 1 is a shared plan with Tendring District Council and Colchester Borough Council.

Local Plan - Section 2

We are awaiting further notification from the Planning Inspectorate.

Local Development Order (LDO) - Horizon 120, Great Notley

Braintree District Council is holding a 6 week consultation on a proposed LDO for Horizon 120 Business & Innovation Park. A drop-in consultation event is being held at the Great Notley Community Centre CM77 7US on 30th September between 4pm and 8pm.

The consultation ends at 5pm on 24th October.

Neighbourhood Plans

Cressing Neighbourhood Plan Reg 16 Consultation is took place between 31st May and 15th July 2019

A local referendum relating to the Hatfield Peverel Neighbourhood Plan will be held shortly.

Kelvedon Parish Council held a Reg 14 Consultation on the Kelvedon Neighbourhood Plan between 16th July and 14th September 2018

Bradwell with Pattiswick Neighbourhood Plan The plan was made part of the Development Plan for Braintree District Council on 22nd July 2019

Earls Colne Neighbourhood Plan Area was approved on 5th March 2019

Great Bardfield Neighbourhood Plan Area was approved on 15th April 2019

Conservation Area Appraisals

There are public consultations taking place on the Kelvedon and Feering Conservation Area Character Appraisal & Management Plans. These are now closed.

Local Plan Sub-Committee

Forthcoming Local Plan Sub-Committee dates are: 

  • 17th October 2019
  • 28th November 2019

Statement of Community Involvement (SCI) Consultation January - March 2019

The SCI explains how we will involve local people in planning - setting out who and how we will engage residents and stakeholders. This includes public consultation of the Local Plan, Neighbourhood Plan and Supplementary Planning Documents, making comments on planning applications and how we will assist Neighbourhood Planning areas or forums.

The current SCI was adopted in 2013 and requires updating by the Government. We have updated sections on how we intend to carry out Local Plan and Planning Applications consultations and the level of support we give Neighbourhood Planning. This takes into account changes in Government regulations and communications technology.

Consultation on the new draft SCI took place between Monday 28th January and 5pm on Monday 11th March 2019

The document and responses can be viewed via the council’s online consultation system 

Draft Statement of Community Involvement - January 2019 (pdf of the document) 

North Essex Garden Communities

Consultation on the North Essex Garden Communities issues and Scoping documents took place between 13th November 2017 and 5pm on 22nd January 2018

Updated 1st October 2019