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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 >

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 >

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 >

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 >

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 >

Another consultation for you! This time for a new road and rapid transit system at Colchester

Another consultation for you! This time for a new road and rapid transit system at Colchester

Tuesday 12 November 2019

We all(?) like to get involved in a consultation every so often – and so we bring you another to help while away those dark autumn evenings. This one is being held by Essex Highways (the transport arm of the county council) into the A120/A133 Link Road and Rapid Transit System project at Colchester. It […] Read more >

Colchester greenfield site approved for 420 new homes

Colchester greenfield site approved for 420 new homes

Monday 24 June 2019

Another 420 homes are coming to Colchester. The borough council has approved a hybrid planning application by Mersea Homes and Hills Residential for the 17-hectare greenfield site at Heath Road, Stanway, on the edge of town after planning officers had concluded the development met both local and national planning policy. The application had sought outline […] Read more >

Bats at Marks Hall: a conservation success story

Bats at Marks Hall: a conservation success story

Monday 8 April 2019

Simon Leatherdale tells the fascinating, and encouraging, story of how a positive approach and determination to succeed helped develop one of the most important bat hibernation sites in the country Essex is not renowned for its bats. With over-development, ever-increasing industry and the intensive ‘pharma-cist’ style of agriculture, it is no surprise that the number […] Read more >

Gladman plans for more than 200 new homes are turned down

Gladman plans for more than 200 new homes are turned down

Wednesday 27 February 2019

Some good news to gladden your step as spring approaches! Plans by Gladman Developments Ltd for more than 200 new homes in Tiptree have been turned down. The land agent had been seeking planning permission for the development of 206 properties on greenfield land off Barbrook Lane. A Gladman planning report had said: “The proposals […] Read more >

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