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The National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) and Localism Act 2011 gives local communities the ability to prepare Neighbourhood Plans. Neighbourhood Plans must meet certain basic conditions and other legal requirements before they come into force. These are tested through an independent examination before the neighbourhood plan proceeds to referendum. Section 38A(4) of the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004 (as amended) requires that the local planning authority must make a neighbourhood development plan if in the referendum more than half of those voting voted in favour of the plan.
Once adopted the neighbourhood plan becomes part of the development plan. Colchester Borough Council has adopted neighbourhood plans for Boxted, Myland & Braiswick, Wivenhoe and West Bergholt.
View Neighbourhood Plan Documents
We have produced a set of adopted Development Plan Documents (DPD) that we refer to as our adopted Local Plan, which guides future growth and development in the Borough up to 2021.
The DPD comprise of:
The policies in the Core Strategy are a material consideration when determining planning applications and future development across the Borough of Colchester.
View Core Strategy
View the Inspector's binding report and associated documents
The policies in the Site Allocations DPD are a material consideration and used in the determination of planning applications.
View Site Allocations
View the Inspector's final reports and adoption statements
The policies in the Development Policies DPD are a material consideration and used in the determination of planning applications.
View Development Policies
Allocations are shown and these reflect the policies within the DPD.
The maps cover the entire Borough and will be a key tool in the determination of planning applications and growth of the Borough
View Proposals Maps
The Tiptree Jam Factory Plan focuses on the redevelopment of the Wilkin & Sons Jam Factory and future residential development on land adjacent.
View Tiptree Jam Factory
The Local Plan Focused Review, incorporating the Inspector's Schedule of Main Modifications, was adopted by us on 16 July 2014.
The main change to the Focused Review document was the removal of all the employment and centres/retail policies.
The existing employment and centres policies are unchanged, and remain as they exist in the Core Strategy and Development Policies DPD.
We will continue to use the adopted Centres and Employment policies in the determination of planning applications.
View documents relating to the Local Plan Focused Review
To view the Neighbourhood plans for Boxted and Myland & Braiswick please click on the appropriate button below.
Boxted Neighbourhood Plan
Myland & Braiswick Neighbourhood Plan
Wivenhoe Neighbourhood Plan