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Adoption statement

Notice of the adoption of the ABRO Development Brief Supplementary Planning Document.


Notice of the adoption of the ABRO Development Brief Supplementary Planning Document In accordance with The Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004 (as amended) The Town and Country Planning Act (Local Planning) (England) Regulations 2012 (as amended)

Notice is hereby given that (in accordance with above-mentioned legislation)
Colchester Borough Council formally adopted the ABRO Development Brief Supplementary
Planning Document Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) on13th December 2021.

The ABRO Development Brief Supplementary Planning Document SPD focuses on providing detailed guidance on issues and opportunities and to set out the Council’s aspirations for the redevelopment of this important site. The document provides a clear and robust development framework, which is intended to help for the smooth delivery of a suitable scheme.

The ABRO Development Brief SPD sets out the guidance to be followed in the determination of planning applications and formalises the arrangements for the redevelopment of this important and sensitive site.

The draft ABRO Development Brief SPD was published for public consultation between 22 October 2021 and 19 November 2021 in accordance with Regulation 13 of the Town and Country Planning (Local Planning) (England) Regulations 2012 (as amended). A number of minor modifications have been made to the ABRO Development Brief SPD in response to the consultation and to ensure that the adopted SPD is up to date. The modifications include:

  • Corrections to ensure accurate reference to Anglian Water
  • Amendment to paragraph 3.12 to refer to “Any application will require the submission of a comprehensive HIA as a basic requirement for validation in order to capture potential impacts on designated and non-designated heritage assets in conformity with para. 194 of the NPPF 2021.”
  • Update reference to the latest Local Transport Note in relation to Cycle provision
  • Correction at paragraph 4.1.8 to accurately refer to modal shift.
  • Paragraph 4.18 add …“if impossible, an alternative East-West route should be provided”…
  • Paragraph 4.21 add a further reference to cycle parking

It is noted that many other comments refer to matters which will be adequately covered by other Policies in the Local Plan so there was no need for any further amendment.

Any person with sufficient interest in the decision to adopt the ABRO Development Brief SPD may apply to the High Court for permission to apply for judicial review of that decision. Any such application to the High Court must be made not later than 3 months after the date of which the ABRO Development Brief SPD was adopted [i.e. 3 months from 14 December 2021 – being the day after adoption]. In accordance with Regulation 14 of the 2012 Regulations the ABRO Development Brief SPD and this Adoption Statement have been made available to view on the Council's website at The Council’s main office is currently closed in line with latest government advice regarding Covid-19. However, paper copies are available upon request. A copy of this Adoption Statement will be sent to all parties who made representations to the draft ABRO Development Brief SPD.

For further information please refer to the Council’s website: or contact the Planning Policy Team by e-mailing

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