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Neighbourhood Planning

Neighbourhood Planning and what it means to you


  • Neighbourhood Planning
  • Adopted Neighbourhood Plans
  • Examination of Tiptree Neighbourhood Plan
  • Progress on emerging Neighbourhood Plans

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.

National guidance on neighbourhood planning

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.

Documents for the adopted neighbourhood plans

Tiptree Neighbourhood Plan


Following the Regulation 16 consultation of the Tiptree Neighbourhood Plan (22 June to 10 August 2020), the Examination has now commenced.

Tiptree Neighbourhood Plan Regulation 16 Consultation

Tiptree Neighbourhood Plan Examination

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 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.

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