Core strategy and proposals map

About the core strategy

*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*

The Core Strategy sets out the vision, objectives and strategy for the development of the District up to 2026 and was adopted in September 2011.

It contains a number of core policies that replace some Local Plan Review policies.

The Local Plan 2033 Section 1 that supersedes some Core Strategy polices, was adopted on 22nd February 2021 and covers the period 2013-2033.

The Core Strategy is accompanied by the Proposals Map, which replaces the Local Plan Review Proposals Map.  (The inset maps shown on the Core Strategy Proposals Map are that of the existing Local Plan Review, until they are replaced with the New Local Plan.)

Sustainability Appraisal, Strategic Environmental Assessment, and Habitats Regulation Assessment of the Core Strategy were undertaken to evaluate the sustainability of the proposed strategy, policies and options.

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The Core Strategy identifies four strategic Growth Locations, which will act as a focus for future development in the District, and two key regeneration areas in order to promote the economic viability of the key service villages.

In each case, the Core Strategy requires Masterplans to be prepared, to set a framework for future planning applications.

Buy a Core Strategy document

The Core Strategy is available to buy for £25 plus postage or from:

Development Services Reception
Causeway House
Bocking End

Copies are also available for reference at Causeway House and public libraries in Braintree District.

Updated July 2022

Planning Policy

Address: Causeway House
Bocking End

Telephone: 01376 552525