Neighbourhood Planning

Neighbourhood Planning and what it means to you


  • Neighbourhood Planning
  • Wivenhoe Neighbourhood Plan Submission consultation
  • Examination of Wivenhoe Neighbourhood Plan

Neighbourhood Planning

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 and Myland & Braiswick. Plans are also currently being prepared for, Eight Ash Green, Great Tey, Marks Tey, Tiptree, West Bergholt, Wivenhoe and West Mersea. Areas have also been designated for Copford with Easthorpe and Stanway with the parishes considering progressing Plans for these areas.

View Information and Progress on these plans here.


Wivenhoe Neighbourhood Plan Submission Consultation

Colchester Borough Council has received the Wivenhoe Neighbourhood Plan Submission documents for publication in accordance with Part 5 Regulation 16 of The Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012.
The Wivenhoe Neighbourhood Plan sets out the planning framework about how Wivenhoe residents and businesses would like the parish to develop over the next 15 years up to 2033. The Wivenhoe Neighbourhood Plan Submission documents (a) - (e) listed below accord with Part 5 Regulation 15 of The Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012.
a) Map showing the Wivenhoe Neighbourhood Plan Area
b) Proposed Neighbourhood Plan
c) Basic Conditions Statement
d) Consultation Statement
e) Wivenhoe Neighbourhood Plan Strategic Environmental Assessment Environmental Report and addendum report.

View these documents here

The consultation on the Wivenhoe Neighbourhood Plan will run for 6 weeks between 5th February 2018 and 19th March 2018. Please note that the consultation will close at 5pm on 19th March 2018
More information on the background to the Wivenhoe Neighbourhood Plan is available on the Wivenhoe Neighbourhood Plan website here:
Hard copies of all the documents are also available at Wivenhoe Library and at the Council Offices at Rowan House during normal opening hours.
Please send your comments on the response form provided to:

Download an e-mailable/printable form here

Alternatively, post the completed response form with your comments to: 
Colchester Borough Council
Planning Policy Team 

Examination of Wivenhoe Neighbourhood Plan

The Examination has commenced and this will be updated with new information and the Examiners Report when it is available.  An Examination Note and note to the Qualifying Body can be viewed in the folder above.  Any further Examination correspondence will also be added to this page / folder as required.. The responses received have been sent to the Examiner appointed to consider the Wivenhoe Neighbourhood Plan who is Ann Skippers BSc (Hons) MRTPI FRSA AoU.

View the documents here

The Government published a revised National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) on 24 July 2018 and in relation to this the examiner has released an information note that is included within the documents folder through the link below.

Information note