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A12 widening wins government consent

A12 widening wins government consent

Tuesday 30 January 2024

The A12 is to be widened to three lanes between Hatfield Peverel and Marks Tey. Huw Merriman, Minister of State for Transport, has granted a Development Consent Order (DCO) for the widening between junctions 20a and 25. His decision and reasons were announced this month (Friday, January 12) in a 78-page letter. CPRE Essex was […] Read more >

Abberton housing plans backed by councillors

Abberton housing plans backed by councillors

Monday 3 October 2022

Abberton is to have 55 new homes after two joint planning applications were approved. Colchester Borough Council gave outline permission for the schemes from Mersea Homes at two sites close to Langenhoe primary school. The application had been deferred in June by the council’s planning committee so safety concerns could be addressed, but extra conditions […] Read more >

After 25 years, Bertram is moving on to pastures new – thank you from all at CPRE Essex

After 25 years, Bertram is moving on to pastures new – thank you from all at CPRE Essex

Wednesday 17 August 2022

We are sad to report that after 25 years of sterling service to CPRE Essex Bertram Rope has decided to retire. Living close to Colchester, Bertram had to deal with many issues over the years but in particular the massive increases in the numbers of houses being proposed or built in what has become one […] Read more >

Body blow for Middlewick campaigners as Colchester Local Plan found sound

Body blow for Middlewick campaigners as Colchester Local Plan found sound

Monday 30 May 2022

Some 1,000 houses could be built at Middlewick Ranges after planning inspectors found Colchester Borough Council’s emerging Local Plan ‘sound’. Campaigners have battled hard to save “the green lungs of Colchester, but the Planning Inspectorate’s conclusion on the Plan, which allocates the 215-acre site for some 1,000 properties, community activities and open space, comes as […] Read more >

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 >