The National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) and Localism Act 2011 gives local communities the ability to prepare neighbourhood plans.
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 City are taking the opportunity to prepare Neighbourhood Plans. Adopted plans are already in place for Boxted, Myland & Braiswick, Wivenhoe, West Bergholt, Eight Ash Green, Marks Tey and West Mersea.