North Essex garden communities: give your views at public events

Be careful, it could be on its way...

As most visitors to this website will know, north Essex is being targeted for a series of ‘garden communities’ – or new towns in old money.
The political momentum behind them is such that their development seems more of a probability than a possibility, so the important thing is to ensure they are built as desirably as possible.
With that in mind, you might want to visit a public exhibition on the proposed garden communities and give your views on what you would like from them.
The exhibitions are being organised by NEGC Ltd, “the body taking the North Essex Garden Communities project forward” and that “is wholly owned by, and works on behalf of, Essex County Council, Braintree District Council, Tendring District Council and Colchester Borough Council”.
NEGC says: “The aim of the engagement is to begin a genuine dialogue with the public about what they would like to see garden communities deliver for them, their children and their children’s children.
“This first engagement will give everyone the chance to influence and shape the new garden communities as the thinking and planning develops.
“There will be no layouts or detailed plans at this point, just open conversations about what is possible and what people want, the opportunities and benefits.
“We will then prepare a range of options which we will bring back to the public and use as the basis for further discussions in 2020.”
There will also be an event at the Colchester Institute. Entitled North Essex Garden Communities – What We’ve Heard So Far, it will apparently be “an opportunity for all to view some of the feedback – good and bad – from a month of conversations and events about the proposed North Essex garden communities”.
Whatever you might think about these schemes, here is a chance to at least have your say.

The venues and dates of the public exhibitions are:

  • Salings Memorial Village Hall, Piccotts Lane, Great Saling CM7 5DW, on Monday, November 23, 10am-4pm
  • William Loveless Hall, High Street, Wivenhoe CO7 9AB, on Thursday, November 28, 6pm-8pm
  • North Essex Garden Communities – What We’ve Heard So Far: Colchester Institute, Sheepen Road, Colchester CO3 3LL, on Monday, November 25, 7pm-9pm
  • For more on the North Essex garden communities, see here