Braintree District Development Plan

Development plan updates

Adoption of  Braintree District Local Plan 2013-2033 North Essex Authorities’ Shared Strategic Section 1 Plan

We have formally adopted the Braintree District Local Plan 2013-2033 North Essex Authorities’ Shared Strategic Section 1 Plan (hereafter the ‘Section 1 Plan). This decision was made at the meeting of the Full Council on Monday 22 February 2021.


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 considered at Local Plan sub committeee on 4th February. It was considered by Full Council on 22nd February and adopted adoption.

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 public examination is expected to open in July 2021 subject to confirmation.

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

Coggeshall Neighbourhood Plan  The plan will proceeded to a Neighbourhood Planning Referendum on 6th May 2021

Cressing Neighbourhood Plan The plan was made part of the Development Plan for Braintree District Council on 17th February 2020

The Salings Neighbourhood Plan was submitted to an Independent Examiner in November 2020 

All Neighbourhood Plans

Local Plan Sub-Committee

Forthcoming scheduled Local Plan Sub-Committee dates are: 

  • 13th May 2021
  • 15th July 2021

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

We approved a Local Development Order (LDO) In April 2020 for the Horizon 120 Business and Innovation Park at Great Notley. The LDO provides 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.

See the Planning Advisory Service's information about Local development orders.

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 April 2021

Planning Policy

Address: Causeway House
Bocking End
Braintree
Essex
CM7 9HB

Telephone: 01376 552525