Braintree District Development Plan

About the development plan

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 Emerging Local Plan which will replace the current documents once adopted and further information are available:

Emerging Local Plan Section 2 Examination
Village Design Statements Monitoring Reports
Self and Custom Build Homes Neighbourhood Planning
Consultation Portal  


Braintree District  Development Plan

Local Plan Review 2005

July 2005

Braintree District Core Strategy

Sept 2011

Braintree Local Plan Section 1

February 2021

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

Braintree District

Pre submission Site Allocations and Development.

Management Plan as amended by Further Changes.

(adopted September 2014 as development management decision making material consideration not submitted for examination)

The Pre Submission Site Allocations & Development Management Plan was adopted at Full Council on 15th September 2014. The plan was used as a material consideration in accordance with the Interim Planning Policy Statement.

A New Local Plan has been drafted and submitted to the Planning Inspectorate. Section 1 has been adopted. When the Section 2 examination is completed and the document is adopted it will include non-strategic sites and policies as well as new strategic policies and site allocations to replace those contained in the Pre Submission (ADMP).

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 (Core Strategy evidence base, Site Allocations 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.

Overview of changes to planning policy requirements:

In 2004 the Government introduced the requirement for local planning authorities to produce a Local Development Framework. The LDF was to consist of a portfolio of documents.

  • Local development Scheme (LDS).
  • Statement of Community Involvement (SCI).
  • Core Strategy.
  • Proposals Map.
  • Development Management Policies.
  • Site Allocations.
  • Monitoring Report.

The majority of these documents have been adopted and published however the council were still preparing the Site Allocations and the Development Management Plan. 

Whilst the council were finalising the LDF suite of documents (adding Site Allocations and Development Management Plan) The government published the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF). They also published the requirement to meet an objectively assessed need for housing, in full, within Local Plans.

The Council took the decision not to submit the Pre Submission ADMP for examination by the Planning Inspectorate.

The council have decided to start work on a New Local Plan. The new local plan will include new strategic policies and site allocations as well as the non-strategic sites and policies. These are contained in the Pre Submission ADMP (unless new evidence or further changes in government policy require changes to be made).

An Interim Planning Policy Statement was approved at Full Council on 15th September 2014. This statement set out the Braintree District Council position in relation to the site allocations and development management policies contained within the ADMP.

Updated October 2021

Planning Policy

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Bocking End

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