Have your say on the plans for the West of Braintree and Colchester Braintree Borders Garden Communities

Residents across the Braintree District are being encouraged to have their say on plans for two Garden Communities.


Their views will help shape the future of the project which is now open for public consultation. All residents are encouraged to attend one of ten local exhibitions or give their views online.

Braintree District Council Leader Graham Butland said he encourages everyone to get engaged with the process and have their say on the proposals for the West of Braintree and Colchester Braintree Borders Garden Communities.

He said: “The proposals in our Local Plan, which is now with the Planning Inspectorate, include two garden communities which will allow us to meet the independently assessed housing numbers while also providing significant infrastructure – something we just cannot do by continuing to tack housing on to existing towns and villages.

“The Planning Inspectorate will consider our Local Plan from January 2018 but in the meantime there is work to be done to explore, with our residents, how these garden communities could develop. We want to be in a position where we can move forward armed with the views of our residents so that, if we get the green light, we can start to create these well-planned and well-designed communities."

“If you are interested in green spaces or smart technology, or if you want to have your say on how the communities should be designed or maybe you are interested in transport links or job creation – this consultation is the place to give your views on a whole host of topics associated with creating good, modern communities.”

Councillor Lynette Bowers-Flint, Cabinet Member for Planning & Housing at Braintree District Council, said: “I hope residents will take this opportunity to have their say. We’re right at the beginning of the project and nothing has been set in stone so this is the perfect time to get involved, whether you live close to the boundaries or not, whether you already own a home or you are still trying to get on the housing ladder. Wherever you live in the district and whatever your perspective - we want to hear from you.”

There is a third Garden Community proposed. If approved it will be located on the Colchester and Tendring border.

Consultations on all three began on Monday 13th of November and will run for 10 weeks through until 5pm on Monday 22nd January 2018.

To find out more and to submit your feedback visit braintree-consult.objective.co.uk/portal/negc or email localplan@braintree.gov.uk
Tel: 01376 552525

Details of the drop-in events are also planned to support the consultation:

Marks Tey
Marks Tey Parish Hall
Saturday 18th November, 10am-2pm

William Loveless Hall
Monday 20th November, 3pm-7pm

Great Tey 
Great Tey Village Hall
Tuesday 21st November, 4pm-8pm

C360 Community Marketplace AGM for North East Essex
Thursday 23rd November, 9.30am-4pm

Colchester Market
24th November, 10am-2pm

Great Saling 
The Saling Millennium Hall
25th November, 10am-2pm

Old Friend’s Meeting House
Monday 27th November, 4pm-8pm

Coggeshall Village Hall
Thursday 30th November, 3pm-7pm

Greenstead Community Centre
Saturday 2nd December, 10am-2pm

Feering Community Centre
Tuesday 5th December, 4pm-8pm

Braintree Town Hall
Wednesday 6th December, 4pm-8pm

Easthorpe Church Hall
Thursday 7th December, 4pm-8pm

Rayne Village Hall
Tuesday 12th December, 10am-2pm

Elmstead Market
Market Field School
Thursday 14th December, 4pm-8pm