Local Plan next steps

The Braintree District Local Plan has taken a step forward with its submission to the Planning Inspectorate on behalf of the government for examination.

The Braintree District Draft Local Plan has been through a number of consultation exercises, during the latest – more technical - round of consultation Braintree District Council received 1706 responses - all of which are available to view online.

It comes after a process which started in 2014 when the Council carried out a Call for Sites exercise followed by an Issues and Scoping Consultation in 2015 and a draft Local Plan Consultation in 2016.  

A report went to the Local Plan Sub-Committee on October 2, 2017; from there Braintree District Council submitted the Submission Local Plan, evidence base and all representations received to the Planning Inspectorate who has appointed an Inspector to examine the Local Plan. From there on the timetable is set by the Planning Inspectorate.

The Submission Draft Local Plan is made up of two parts. The first, section 1, is a joint strategic Plan was prepared with Colchester Borough Council and Tendring District Council and deals with cross boundary strategic issues including the Garden Communities and section 2 of the plan relates to the Braintree District area specifically.

Officers understand that the strategic section 1 will be examined separately first, in a joint examination with our partner authorities, with section 2 hearing sessions later in 2018.

Cllr Lynette Bowers-Flint, Cabinet Member for Planning and Housing, said: “It has taken a long time to get to this stage but having a local plan in place will give us more power to stop inappropriate development. Housing is an emotive issue whether you are concerned about changes to the area you live or whether you are someone who wants to get on the property ladder but can’t. We’re very pleased that so many people have got involved in the process at each stage and have taken their opportunity to have their say.”