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Examination in Public to consider Colchester's Local Plan

Monday 15 January 2018

Colchester's Draft Local Plan is to be the subject of an Examination in Public, at the Weston Homes Stadium, beginning on 16 January 2018.

The hearing will provide the opportunity for a Planning Inspector to consider the Council's Local Plan document, submitted last October, and hear representations from the Council and members of the public.

The Inspector will then make recommendations to Colchester Council, depending on whether he finds the Plan sound or not, or requires changes to the Plan to make it sound. If found sound, the Council can proceed to adopt the new Local Plan.

The draft Colchester Local Plan is designed to provide the framework to help the Borough meet its needs for the next two decades - including jobs, housing, schools, roads and other infrastructure, meeting the needs and of businesses and the local community will be provided. It also outlines how important countryside; ecological and heritage features will be protected. 

The Draft Local Plan covers the policies and proposals for the Borough up to 2033 and if adopted will:

  • Show how significant job growth can be supported
  • Make provision for the required 920 houses per year
  • Help deliver innovative and effective solutions to managing the town's traffic problems and the development of other key infrastructure projects.
  • Provide areas for businesses to start up and flourish or relocate to the borough further boosting the local and national economy.
  • Provide protection for our significant historic heritage and our special natural assets.

The draft plan also includes proposal for the North Essex Garden Communities -- Colchester Braintree Borders Garden Community and Tendring Colchester Borders Garden Community.

These ambitious projects - involving Colchester, Braintree and Tendring councils, and also Essex County Council - are designed to help tackle the housing challenge faced in the area while ensuring that infrastructure like roads, a rapid transit system, schools and health services are developed as the homes are built, not after.

Councillor Paul Smith, Leader of Colchester Borough Council, said: "This is a Local Plan for Colchester's growth and to unleash the enormous potential we have for jobs in our Borough.

"The Plan encompasses the whole Borough and will position us well to realise Colchester's potential. It will also allow us to take a pragmatic approach to addressing future needs and more longstanding problems, such as congestion and the availability of housing, and will allow us to access funding opportunities that will further support Colchester.

"We will be making these points loud and clear during the Local Plan Examination and highlighting the future benefits its adoption will bring Colchester." 

More information can be found here: 

Background to Section 1 Submission for Examination | Section 1 Examination Publication Local Plan | Braintree District Council