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Fifty years of the Essex Way and the celebrations have started… here are two walks for you to join

Fifty years of the Essex Way and the celebrations have started… here are two walks for you to join

Monday 25 April 2022

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Essex Way and, as the group behind the formation of the 81-mile walk, we are keen to play a big part in the celebrations. The Essex Way was conceived via a competition funded by CPRE in 1972. The route was proposed by pupils at Chelmsford Technical High […] Read more >

Sowing the Seeds of Hope

Sowing the Seeds of Hope

Thursday 9 December 2021

Writer Anne Boileau relates the wholly uplifting tale of a rewilding project in north Essex Alex Stevenson lived in Coggeshall until recently. But now she has revealed herself as an Essex Isabella Tree. A landscape architect and award-winning garden designer, she helped draw up the Coggeshall Neighbourhood Plan and recently organised an eco-fair in the […] Read more >

A12 widening: consultation expected next month

A12 widening: consultation expected next month

Monday 17 May 2021

Public consultation on the widening of the A12 between Chelmsford and the A120 should begin next month (June), Highways England has announced. Before any work can begin on the scheme, the length of the proposed route will be “investigated for undiscovered archaeology and evidence of local cultural heritage buried in the earth”. Already some 28 […] Read more >

Solar-farm application in to council

Solar-farm application in to council

Monday 18 January 2021

A solar farm is being targeted for some 240 acres of farmland at Layer de la Haye. The company Low Carbon has applied to Colchester Borough Council for permission to develop the site, behind Waterworks Close and either side of Birch Road on the edge of the village. It would appear to have substantial experience […] Read more >

Inspector dismisses developer’s pandemic claim in appeal against Tiptree homes refusal

Inspector dismisses developer’s pandemic claim in appeal against Tiptree homes refusal

Thursday 17 September 2020

A developer has failed in its appeal against Colchester Borough Council’s refusal of plans for 255 new homes in Tiptree. Bloor Homes had argued that the economic impact of the Covid-19 pandemic meant the council could not demonstrate it had a five-year housing land supply, claiming important sites were now “undeliverable”. However, the planning inspector […] Read more >

Cello Concert with Birdsong

Cello Concert with Birdsong

Wednesday 2 September 2020

The writing of Anne Boileau that has graced this website during recent months has both captured the spirit of the age and cast a reflective light of history on where we are today. Here Anne presents Cello Concert with Birdsong, which she describes as “a story with an Essex slant”. “Beatrice Harrison could not have […] Read more >

Consolation… a poem for our times

Consolation… a poem for our times

Friday 14 August 2020

And now for something completely different! In a first for the CPRE Essex website, we present a poem from Anne Boileau, whose writing has enlivened these pages several times before. Anne tells us that this poem, Consolation, “was inspired by the causeway over to Mersea Island, and the winding lanes around there. And of course […] Read more >

A12 widening scheme loses government funding after garden-communities plan crumbles

A12 widening scheme loses government funding after garden-communities plan crumbles

Wednesday 24 June 2020

The collapse of plans for a cluster of ‘garden communities’ in north Essex has claimed another victim… or success, depending on your viewpoint. Last month’s announcement that a planning inspector had found proposals for large housing developments at West Tey and West of Braintree ‘unsound’ has led to the government withdrawing £272 million previously earmarked […] Read more >

Plans for north Essex new towns in ruins as inspector finds them ‘unsound’

Plans for north Essex new towns in ruins as inspector finds them ‘unsound’

Monday 25 May 2020

Plans for a cluster of ‘garden communities’ (or new towns) in north Essex lie in tatters after a planning inspector declared them ‘unsound’. Proposals for West Tey (24,000 homes), West of Braintree (13,000) and East of Colchester (9,000) had been included in a Section 1 Local Plan document put together by Braintree District Council, Colchester […] Read more >

Garden communities project wins £550,000 from government

Garden communities project wins £550,000 from government

Monday 20 January 2020

As the three ‘garden communities’ proposed by Uttlesford District Council struggle to make progress (see here http://cpressex.org.uk/uttlesford-council-recommended-to-pull-its-local-plan-so-what-now-for-essex-garden-communities/), those included in the NEGC package put together by Braintree, Colchester and Tendring councils have been given a lift by the government. NEGC (North Essex Garden Communities) has been given £550,000 by Westminster to progress its plans for […] Read more >