Braintree District Development Plan

Development plan updates

Local Plan Hearings to took place 6th - 15th July 2021 - Braintree District Council is now in the process of preparing the Inspectors’ Main Modifications ready for consultation.

local plan

The examination of Braintree District’s Local Plan Section 2 by Jameson Bridgwater and Anne Jordan is well underway - The Local Plan Section 2 hearing sessions took place between Tuesday 6 July 2021 and Thursday 15 July 2021.

Braintree District Council is now in the process of preparing the Inspectors’ Main Modifications ready for consultation.

Braintree District Local Plan 2013-2033 

The plan - divided as Section 1 and Section 2, was submitted to the Planning Inspectorate on 9th October 2017.

Local Plan - Section 1

Section 1 was adopted at Full Council on 22nd February 

Section 1 is a shared plan with Tendring District Council and Colchester Borough Council.

Local Plan - Section 2

Jameson Bridgewater (PGDipTP MRTPI) and Anne Jordan (BA (Hons) MRTPI) have been appointed as Inspectors for Section 2.

Section 2  hearing sessions (which are part of the overall Examination) will take place between Tuesday 6 July 2021 and Thursday 15 July 2021

Statement of Community Involvement (SCI) Updated February 2021

The SCI explains how we will involve local people in planning - setting out who and how we will engage residents and stakeholders. This includes public consultation of the Local Plan, Neighbourhood Plan and Supplementary Planning Documents, making comments on planning applications and how we will assist Neighbourhood Planning areas or forums.

The current SCI was adopted in 2020. In February 2021 the Statement of Community Involvement was updated to reflect changes in Government regulations, including Covid.

 Neighbourhood Plans

Bures Hamlet and Bures St Mary submitted an Area Application in August 2021

Kelvedon Neighbourhood Plan Independent Examiner Mr Tony Burton was apointed to examine the Kelvedon Neighbourhood Plan in Aug 2021.

Coggeshall Neighbourhood Plan  The plan was made part of the Development Plan for Braintree District Council on 26th July 2021

The Salings Neighbourhood Plan The plan was made part of the Development Plan for Braintree District Council on 11th October 2021 

All Neighbourhood Plans

Local Plan Sub-Committee

Forthcoming scheduled Local Plan Sub-Committee dates are: 

  • 21st October 2021

Local Development Order (LDO) - Horizon 120, Great Notley - Amended July 2021

We approved a Local Development Order (LDO) in April 2020 for the Horizon 120 Business and Innovation Park at Great Notley. The LDO provided planning permission for specific types of development on the site including B1, B2 and B8 employment uses, a hotel and a central facilities hub in a high quality environment. With recent changes in national policy and legislation, amendments to the LDO have been made to ensure it reflects current legislation. The amendments were approved by Council on 2nd August 2021.

Essex Coast Recreational Disturbance Avoidance & Mitigation Strategy (RAMS) SPD

The Essex Coastal Recreational disturbance Avoidance and Mitigation Strategy (RAMS) Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) was adopted by the Council on 1st September 2020.

It sets out the mitigation that is necessary to protect the wildlife of the Essex coast from the increased visitor pressure associated with new residential development, and how this mitigation will be funded. It is necessary to meet the Council’s responsibilities under the Habitats Regulations. 

The document was prepared in partnership with the Greater Essex Councils, under the guidance of Natural England. A public consultation was also undertaken which concluded on 21st February 2020.

The following documents support the adoption:

A tariff on new residential dwellings within the ‘Zone of Influence’ is now in operation, for further information please see our HRA pages.

Consultation Portal

All current and recent consultations

Updated October 2021

Planning Policy

Address: Causeway House
Bocking End
Braintree
Essex
CM7 9HB

Telephone: 01376 552525