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First Neighbourhood Plan in the Braintree District adopted

First Neighbourhood Plan in the Braintree District adopted

Plan can now be used when considering planning applications

The first Neighbourhood Plan in the Braintree District has been formally adopted.

The Bradwell with Pattiswick Neighbourhood Plan can now be used when considering planning applications within the parish of Bradwell with Pattiswick.

The plan, which went out to a Neighbourhood Planning Referendum in June 2019, was formally adopted at a meeting of Braintree District Council’s Full Council on Monday, July 22.

Cllr Gabrielle Spray, Cabinet Member for Planning at Braintree District Council, said: “I’d like to congratulate the village on the work they have put in, it is quite a daunting task to put such a plan together. Neighbourhood planning gives communities the power to shape the growth of their local area and this milestone represents years of hard work by the parish and local community. They have produced a document which will help the area achieve its local needs and vision for the parish.”

Tony Dunn, Bradwell with Pattiswick Parish Council Chairman, said: “We are grateful to Jan Stobart of Rural Community Council of Essex, our previous District Councillor Lynette Bowers-Flint, Essex County Councillor James Abbott, Alan Massow and the Neighbourhood Plan Team at Braintree District Council, David Coleman of DAC Planning all of whom provided expert advice and guidance during the plan preparation. Above all, we are grateful to the many residents who responded to our questionnaires, attended meetings and who voted in the referendum - this is their plan.”

The plan was subject to two rounds of public consultation, an independent examination, and a neighbourhood planning referendum which took place on the 27th June 2019 during which 77 people voted in favour of the plan and six voted against. Turnout was 18.86 per cent.

The Bradwell with Pattiswick Neighbourhood Plan lasts up until 2033.

There are eleven more plans in progress across the district, with the Neighbourhood Plan for Cressing currently nearing examination and the Hatfield Peverel Neighbourhood Plan awaiting publication of the final examiner report before it can go to a planning referendum.  

The plan can be viewed via www.braintree.gov.uk/BwPNeighbourhoodPlan