Neighbourhood Planning

Neighbourhood Planning and what it means to you


  • Neighbourhood Planning
  • Adopted Neighbourhood Plans
  • Progress on emerging Neighbourhood Plans
  • Examination of Eight Ash Green 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, 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.

See documents for the Adopted Neighbourhood Plans

Eight Ash Green Neighbourhood Plan Adoption

Following a successful referendum on 7 November 2019, where 89% of voters were in favour of the Eight Ash Green Neighbourhood Plan; Colchester Borough Council decided by resolution of Full Council on 5 December 2019 to make the Eight Ash Green Neighbourhood Plan.

Further information, including the Plan and decision statement can be viewed under ‘Adopted Neighbourhood Plans’ above.

Progress on emerging Neighbourhood Plans



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

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

Marks Tey have produced an initial draft of their Neighbourhood Plan and a consultation questionnaire which has been accessible on their website for comment. They have carried out an extensive neighbourhood characterisation study that is currently being finalised which will be used to refine the draft plan and policies. Further evidence gathering and stakeholder feedback is planned.


Tiptree is well advanced in the preparation of the neighbourhood plan having carried out extensive consultation and evidence base work for a number of years.  A formal consultation on the draft neighbourhood plan took place in June/July 2019 (Regulation 14 consultation).

West Mersea 

West Mersea has undertaken a significant amount of public consultation and stakeholder events have been held at various times.  Work has also progressed with evidence gathering and initial drafting of topic papers which will inform a draft plan.  A consultant will be appointed shortly to assist in drafting the plan.

A guide has been prepared outlining the level of support that Colchester Borough Council provides to neighbourhood plan groups.

Read the support guide

Planning Policy
Neighbourhood Planning