The National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) and Localism Act 2011 gives local communities the ability to prepare neighbourhood plans.
Refer to detailed national guidance for more information.
Neighbourhood Plans can be prepared by the local town or parish council or by a Neighbourhood Plan Forum within non-parished areas. They allow local people to set out future changes in their area by creating policies to help influence local factors including the right type of development for their community, whilst meeting the needs of the wider area.
A number of Parishes across Colchester Borough are taking the opportunity to prepare Neighbourhood Plans. Adopted plans are already in place for Boxted, Myland & Braiswick, Wivenhoe, West Bergholt and Eight Ash Green. A summary of the stage each of the emerging neighbourhood plans has reached is outlined below.
An independent examiner has been appointed to examine the Marks Tey Neighbourhood Plan. He is Peter Biggers BSc (Hons) MRTPI AIHBC.
The Examiner carried out a site visit to Marks Tey in mid-August 2021 and is content that the examination proceeds on the basis of written representations and that a public hearing will not be necessary.
The responses received to the Regulation 16 consultation have been sent to the Examiner to consider the Marks Tey Neighbourhood Plan. These responses will be made available on our consultation portal in due course.
As a result of his work, the examiner has identified some questions for both Colchester Borough Council and Marks Tey Neighbourhood Plan Group.
The Examiner has now issued the Examination Report. The examination has now concluded.
Following a period of reflection, work on the Copford with Easthorpe Neighbourhood Plan resumed last year. An open public vision meeting was held in November 2018 to present existing information and gather resident views.
Great Tey carried out an informal initial preliminary consultation and have prepared an evidence base. A consultant has been appointed and a call for sites was carried out in summer 2019. A draft plan is expected to be published for consultation in spring 2020.
Marks Tey have carried out a further consultation on their draft Neighbourhood Plan. The consultation closed on July 12th, but the consultation documents may still be viewed on the Marks Tey Council website.
Colchester Borough Council has determined that the Marks Tey Neighbourhood Plan is not likely to have significant environmental effects and, accordingly, that an environmental assessment is not required. The relevant statutory agencies have been consulted.
The consultation on the submitted West Mersea Neighbourhood Plan was carried out between 2nd July and 3rd September 2021. An independent examiner has been appointed to examine the West Mersea Neighbourhood Plan.
More information on the Submission Consultation can be found on our West Mersea neighbourhood plan submission page.
Information relating to the West Mersea Neighbourhood Plan Examination can also be found on our West Mersea neighbourhood plan submission page.
More information on the background to the West Mersea Neighbourhood Plan and further supporting documents are available on the web site Mersea Matters.