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Section 1 Examination Publication Local Plan

Section 1 Examination Publication Local Plan

Background to Section 1 Submission for Examination

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The North Essex Authorities are undertaking a Technical Consultation on the Additional Sustainability Appraisal, additional evidence base documents and the suggested amendments to Section 1. The Inspector has produced an Explanatory Note (IED016) to accompany the Consultation which runs until 5pm on Monday 30th September 2019.

Paper copies of the documents and guidance notes/response forms are available at:

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

A response form with guidance notes can be downloaded and returned.

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].  During the pause the Inspector will not be accepting representations or correspondence on the Plan apart from the NEAs’ monthly progress updates, and any other documents he specifically requests.  The examination is expected to remain paused until the consultation on the NEAs’ further work on the evidence base and SA is complete.

Braintree District Council, Colchester Borough Council and Tendring District Council have been working together on the strategic cross boundary issues for North Essex. This has resulted in a strategic section 1 which is shared by all three local planning authorities within their Local Plans. The section 1 includes policies on strategic cross boundary issues including infrastructure and housing numbers and includes proposals for three new Garden Communities.

The Section 1 Local Plan is currently subject to a joint examination by an inspector appointed by the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government. The examination has been paused while further work is carried out.

Further correspondence can be viewed at: Examination Documents - Correspondence and Notifications

The evidence base to support the section 1 Local Plan is made up of jointly produced documents and documents related to individual local planning authorities.

Please note: Information on the section 2 examinations, which will consider individual local authority policies and allocations and will take place after the joint section 1 examination, can be found on the individual local authority websites.


Last Updated 19th August 2019