Section 1 Examination Publication Local Plan

Background to Section 1 Submission for Examination

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The Inspector’s post-hearing letter invited the North Essex Authorities [NEAs] to consider options for taking the Section 1 Plan process forward.  The Inspector is not currently inviting or accepting representations or submissions from any other party.

The Inspector's Section 1 post-hearing letter was published on 15th June 2018. 

The Inspector’s Section 1 Supplementary Post-hearing letter was published on 29th June 2018


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

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 25th July 2018