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. http://www.gov.uk/guidance/neighbourhood-planning--2
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 and Wivenhoe. 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.
The information below highlights the most current developments on Neighbourhood Plans.
The Wivenhoe Neighbourhood Plan was approved by referendum on 2 May 2019 and adopted by the Council at its meeting of 22 May 2019.
Click here to view the Wivenhoe Neighbourhood Plan
Click here to view the Wivenhoe Adoption Decision
Information on earlier stages of plan development is available on The Neighbourhood Plan documents page here.
Following receipt of the Eight Ash Green and West Bergholt Neighbourhood Plan submission documents, in accordance with Part 5 Regulation 16 of the Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012, a six week consultation ran from 22nd January 2019 to 5th March 2019.
An Independent Examiner has been appointed to examine both the Eight Ash Green and West Bergholt Neighbourhood Plans. The Examiner is Jeremy Edge BSc (Hons) MRTPI FRICS. The Responses received to the Regulation 16 consultation have been sent to the Examiner to consider both the West Bergholt Neighbourhood Plan and Eight Ash Green Neigbourhood Plan.
The Independent Examiner Jeremy Edge BSc (Hons) MRTPI FRICS, of the West Bergholt Neighbourhood Plan has now concluded the examination of the Plan. The Independent Examiner has considered the submitted documents and comments made during the consultation period.
The Examiners Report has now been received and can be viewed alongside the Council’s Decision Statement within the Examination Documents.
West Bergholt Examination Documents
Further details regarding the Referendum of the West Bergholt Neighbourhood Plan will be provided in due course.
The examination of the Eight Ash Green Neighbourhood Plan commenced in May 2019, this will be updated with examination documents and new information as the examination progresses.
The Eight Ash Green Neighbourhood Plan sets out the planning framework about how Eight Ash Green residents and businesses would like the parish to develop over the next 15 years up to 2033.
View Eight Ash Green documents here
Eight Ash Green Examination Documents
The West Bergholt Neighbourhood Plan sets out the planning framework about how West Bergholt residents and businesses would like parish to develop over the next 15 years up to 2033.
View West Bergholt documents here
More information on the background to the Eight Ash Green Neighbourhood Plan and further supporting documents are available on the Eight Ash Green Neighbourhood Plan web site - http://eightashgreen.net/.
More information on the background to the West Bergholt Neighbourhood Plan and further supporting documents are available on the West Bergholt Neighbourhood Plan web site -http://westbergholt.net/neighbourhood-plan/2019-submission-for-regulation-16-ratification/.
Eight Ash Green Neighbourhood Plan Consultation
West Bergholt Neighbourhood Plan Consultation