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Planning and Transportation Policy

Aerial view of Severalls Hospital site

The Council is responsible for producing the Colchester Development Plan which guides the future growth and development of the Borough.  The Spatial Policy Team has undertaken work on the Colchester Local Development Framework and the pages below provide information on the documents which have been adopted and those which are due to the published.  The Colchester Annual Monitoring Report is published annually to provide information on how the Council's policies are performing over time and this can also be found in this section of the website.

Public consultation is a key part of the Spatial Policy Team's work and a range of documents are regularly published for consultation on a variety of subjects.  When a document(s) is subject to public consultation it can be accessed below.

If you are interested in the work of the Spatial Policy Team and would like to be informed when documents are published for consultation or formally adopted by the Council then please email with your preferred contact details and you will be added to our consultation/circulation list.

  • Local Plan Focused Review

    Information relating to the Local Plan Focused Review to ensure conformity with the National Planning Policy Framework.

  • Current Planning Consultations

    Public consultation is a fundamental part of the work the Council undertakes for the Local Development Framework.

  • Tiptree Jam Factory

    The Tiptree Jam Factory Plan has been adopted by Colchester Borough Council and now forms part of the Colchester Local Plan. Details with regards to consultation periods, examination hearings and all other aspects of the document can be found on these pages.

  • Localism

    The Localism Act 2011 introduced a range of community initiatives which give local people the opportunity to shape the future of their own community. Initiatives include the Community Right to Challenge and the List of Community Assets.

  • Neighbourhood Planning

    The Localism Act will introduce a right for local communities to draw up a new type of community plan called a Neighbourhood Plan.

  • Core Strategy

    Information about the Colchester Core Strategy - Adopted December 2008

  • Site Allocations

    Site Allocations Development Plan Document - Adopted October 2010

  • Development Policies

    Development Policies Development Plan Document - Adopted October 2010

  • Evidence Base

    The Colchester Local Plan is supported by a range of documents which together form a comprehensive evidence base in order to guide and inform planning policies across the Borough

  • LDF Proposals Maps

    The Proposals Maps which support the policies found in the Colchester Local Development Framework

  • Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL)

    The Community Infrastructure Levy is a charge which the Council intends to place on new developments to ensure that the necessary infrastructure is provided alongside developments.

  • Local Development Scheme (LDS)

    The Colchester Local Development Scheme (LDS) sets out the documents and timescales that the Council intends to produce.

  • Statement of Community Involvement (SCI)

    The Colchester Borough Council Statement of Community Involvement (SCI) outlines the ways in which the Council will consult with members of the public and local communities on all aspects of consultation procedures and planning applications.

  • Annual Monitoring Report (AMR)

    The Colchester Annual Monitoring Report provides information on all aspects of the planning departments performance in the last year.

  • Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment (SHLAA)

    The Colchester Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment is produced annually to update the housing trajectory and the five year supply of specific deliverable sites across the Borough

  • Adopted Guidance

    The Council has published and adopted various documents which provide detail on specific policies and proposals contained within the Colchester Local Plan.