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Essex Way: join Saturday’s walk from Mistley Towers to Harwich

Essex Way: join Saturday’s walk from Mistley Towers to Harwich

Thursday 28 April 2022

The 50th-anniversary celebrations of the Essex Way continue on Saturday (April 30) with a walk led by the Essex Area Ramblers. It will take the route between Mistley Towers and Harwich, with the group meeting at the towers at 10.15am for a 10.30am start. For more details, visit the Essex Area Ramblers website.   Read more >

Staycation with a Bicycle… Jaywick or bust!

Staycation with a Bicycle… Jaywick or bust!

Thursday 29 July 2021

June 2021 In their latest adventure in the saddle, Christine and David Knight took to Route 150… For people who don’t live by the sea, the Essex coast in all its diversity is always a special place to visit. From popular holiday resorts to lonely marshes, from the North Sea to tidal rivers and from […] Read more >

Entrancing talk captures the magic of the Essex coast (and of oysters)

Entrancing talk captures the magic of the Essex coast (and of oysters)

Wednesday 10 March 2021

Head for West Mersea for the finest oysters! Although we can’t really give you the name of the purveyor, a little research should do the job easily enough. This was one of the hottest tips we learnt during Roger Tabor’s delightful talk Oysters, Brightlingsea, Cinque Ports & Colchester!, presented via Zoom on Wednesday last week […] Read more >

Essex benefits from first AONB extension in 29 years

Essex benefits from first AONB extension in 29 years

Monday 13 July 2020

The Suffolk Coast and Heaths Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is to be expanded – partly into Essex. The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) announced last week (Tuesday, July 7) that the AONB, which covered 401 square kilometres from Kessingland to Harwich, and inland to the edge of Ipswich, was to grow […] 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 >

North Essex Garden Communities: why they simply aren’t needed

North Essex Garden Communities: why they simply aren’t needed

Wednesday 8 January 2020

Next week (Tuesday, January 14), examination reopens into the North Essex Authorities Joint Strategic Plan. One of its principle policies comprises the building of three ‘garden communities’. Here, Michael Hand, planning adviser for CPRE Essex, explains why their development is not only damaging but unnecessary In advance of this month’s resumed Examination of the North […] Read more >

North Essex garden communities: give your views at public events

North Essex garden communities: give your views at public events

Tuesday 12 November 2019

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 […] Read more >

North Essex garden communities: consultation on Local Plan document ends this month

North Essex garden communities: consultation on Local Plan document ends this month

Friday 20 September 2019

Friday, September 20, 2019 We have already reported how plans to build three garden communities in north Essex took a dive when a planning inspector found them “unsound” and needing “significant” further work (see here). The proposals for West Tey (24,000 homes), West of Braintree (13,000) and East of Colchester (9,000) were contained in a […] Read more >

Garden communities plan hits the rocks

Garden communities plan hits the rocks

Wednesday 18 July 2018

Plans to build three garden communities in north Essex have been savaged by a planning inspector, who found them “unsound” and needing “significant” further work. The proposals  for West Tey (24,000 homes), West of Braintree (13,000) and East of Colchester (9,000) were contained in a Section 1 Local Plan put together by Braintree District Council, […] Read more >