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Wethersfield airfield: CPRE Essex position statement

Wethersfield airfield: CPRE Essex position statement

Friday 18 February 2022

The future of the former airfield at RAF Wethersfield, near Braintree, has been the subject of some considerable conjecture. It was three years ago that Homes England and the Defence Infrastructure Organisation floated the idea of developing almost 5,000 houses at the site, but that has been superseded by a proposal from the Ministry of […] Read more >

Developers cut number of homes in Bocking housing plan

Developers cut number of homes in Bocking housing plan

Thursday 26 August 2021

A revised scheme for housing in Bocking has been submitted to Braintree District Council. Eastlight Community Homes and George Tanner (Shalford) had sought planning permission for 86 new homes south of Bovingdon Road in 2019 but withdrew their bid upon learning that council officers had recommended the scheme be refused. Now, the developers have dropped […] Read more >

Demonstrable five-year housing supply not enough to block village housing scheme

Demonstrable five-year housing supply not enough to block village housing scheme

Wednesday 25 August 2021

The Planning Inspectorate has overturned a decision by an Essex council to refuse a 120-home development in Rayne. Braintree District Council had denied outline planning permission for the scheme by Acorn Braintree, but the developer appealed to the inspectorate, which subsequently overruled the local authority. The development site, behind Gilda Terrace, off Rayne Road, was […] Read more >

Final approval granted for 300 new homes in Coggeshall

Final approval granted for 300 new homes in Coggeshall

Tuesday 24 August 2021

The final go-ahead to build 300 homes in Coggeshall has been given by Braintree District Council. The local authority had granted Bovis Homes permission in 2019 for the Colchester Road development, which includes a community centre, but the details of the scheme have now been approved unanimously by its planning committee. People in the village […] Read more >

A patchwork of paradise in a very special nature reserve

A patchwork of paradise in a very special nature reserve

Tuesday 3 August 2021

Writer Anne Boileau offers an enticing taste of a delightful Essex woodland where “small groups used to meet up for dawn chorus and bacon butties in the spring”. A little chunk of paradise has fallen among us… Between Stisted and Greensted Green lies a small nature reserve known as Belcher’s and Broadfield Woods, or Brookes […] Read more >

Depressing in Cressing

Depressing in Cressing

Friday 28 May 2021

Susan Simpson relates a gloomy tale from one Essex parish that shows how the lack of a Local Plan can allow opportunistic developers to call the shots Cressing parish lies south of Braintree. It has two main village areas and several hamlets that together, before 2019, had some 700 houses. It was classified in the […] Read more >

Gimsons development: a tragedy for Witham

Gimsons development: a tragedy for Witham

Tuesday 20 April 2021

A tragedy for Witham… CPRE Essex’s John Palombi doesn’t sugar-coat his view of the decision to approve plans to build 78 homes on a sensitive site in the town. Braintree District Council’s planning committee in October last year gave Bellway Homes permission to build the properties on the Gimsons site. This was despite hundreds of […] Read more >

Prayer for a Tree

Prayer for a Tree

Friday 26 March 2021

We are delighted to present this “little piece from Coggeshall” by writer Anne Boileau. “I’m obviously not getting out and about much at the moment, so it’s local,” she tells us. We’re almost there, Anne… in the meantime, thank you so much for this. Prayer for a Tree  I’ve got a twig in my hand. It […] Read more >

Our favourite water mill? Well, the one we live in, of course!

Our favourite water mill? Well, the one we live in, of course!

Tuesday 16 March 2021

Our series of talks aimed at helping people through the lockdown winter has been wrapped up in delightful fashion by Petra Ward with her presentation My Favourite Water Mill. Petra, a long-standing member and trustee of CPRE Essex, gave her talk on Wednesday last week (Wednesday, March 10) ably assisted by husband Richard. The secret […] Read more >

Almost 240 new homes approved for Kelvedon

Almost 240 new homes approved for Kelvedon

Thursday 21 January 2021

Planners have backed a scheme to build 238 homes in Kelvedon. Worries about design were brushed aside as Braintree District Council planning committee backed the application by Cala Homes – it had already been given outline permission in 2018. A parish council statement said: “This is the first significant development in the village for over […] Read more >