Braintree District Development Plan

About the development plan

*Local Plan to 2033 - Section 2 was adopted by Council on 25th July 2022 (Section 1 was adopted in 2021). This has the effect of replacing the Local Plan Review 2005 and Core Strategy 2011*

Planning Policy prepare and publish Local Plans and supporting documents. The development plan sets out what, where, when, and how development is managed in the District.

The current adopted Braintree district development plan is made up of a number of documents:

The purpose of planning is to help achieve sustainable development (growth).

Planning law requires planning applications must be determined in accordance with the development plan. (unless material considerations indicate otherwise.)

Details of the production of The Braintree District Local Plan 2013-2033 which replaces the Local Plan 2005 and Core Strategy 2011 and further information is available:

Production of The Local Plan 2013-2033  Section 2 Examination
Village Design Statements Monitoring Reports
Self and Custom Build Homes Neighbourhood Planning
Consultation Portal  


Braintree District  Development Plan

The Braintree District Local Plan 2013-2033

July 2022

Supplementary Planning Documents


Sustainable Environmental Assessment.(SEA)

Sustainability Appraisal (SA)

The Essex and Southend Waste Local Plan

Adopted 2017

Essex Minerals Local Plan

Adopted July 2014

The Plan must meet the requirements of the National Planning Policy Framework. (NPPF) The plan sets out the government's planning policies for England, and how they are expected to be applied. This is supported by government Planning Practice Guidance. (PPG)

The NPPF contains a presumption in favour of sustainable development.

The Plan must be based on a proportionate, up-to-date, and relevant evidence base about the economic, social, and environmental characteristics and prospects of the area.

Monitoring reports assess progress in preparing local development documents and monitor progress in delivering homes, employment and other development. Information about the 5-year housing supply of specific deliverable sites is published in this document.


Updated November 2022

Planning Policy

Address: Causeway House
Bocking End

Telephone: 01376 552525