Braintree District Development Plan

Development plan updates

Local Plan Sub-Committee

Forthcoming scheduled Local Plan Sub-Committee dates:

  • 2nd November 2023
  • 8th February 2024
  • 2nd May 2025
  • 15th August 2024
  • 31st October 2024
  • 13th February 2025 

Neighbourhood Plans

Braintree District’s Local Plan 2013-2033

The Local Plan 2033 is divided as Section 1 and Section 2. 

  • Section 1 was adopted in 2021
  • Section 2 was adopted in 2022 

Conservation Area Appraisals

The Wethersfield Conservation Area Character Appraisal and Management Plan - August 2023

The revised Braintree Town Centre Conservation Area was adopted on 3rd August 2023

The revised Bradford Street Conservation Area was adopted on 3rd August 2023

Section 69 of the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990 places a duty on local planning authorities to review their conservation areas from ‘time to time’. The purpose of the Conservation Area Appraisal is to provide an analysis of the conservation area which will inform future development and design with regard to the sensitivities of the Historic Environment and its unique character.

A Wethersfield Conservation Area Character Appraisal and Management Plan has been produced for consultation. The Council sought the views of local residents and other stakeholders between 9am 10th July and 5pm 9th September 2019. The revised document is being considered at Local Plan Sub Committee on 21st August 2023


tatement 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.

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 September 2023

Planning Policy

Address: Causeway House
Bocking End

Telephone: 01376 552525

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