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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 >

Uttlesford Local Plan is withdrawn from examination

Uttlesford Local Plan is withdrawn from examination

Wednesday 6 May 2020

Uttlesford District Council has voted to withdraw its draft Local Plan from examination. A three-hour extraordinary general meeting on Thursday, April 30, concluded with a 31-7 vote to withdraw the Plan that had been submitted by the council’s previous Conservative administration in October 2018. Planning inspectors had reported in January that they could not find […] Read more >

Housing campaigner Rosie on Sunday Politics East this weekend

Housing campaigner Rosie on Sunday Politics East this weekend

Friday 13 March 2020

Rosie Pearson, a leading light of Campaign Against Urban Sprawl in Essex (CAUSE), will be appearing on your TV screens this weekend. Rosie has been a vigorous critic of the North Essex Garden Communities project and is speaking on BBC One’s Sunday Politics East on, that’s right, Sunday (March 15). The show is being filmed […] 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 >

Uttlesford council recommended to pull its Local Plan, so what now for Essex garden communities?

Uttlesford council recommended to pull its Local Plan, so what now for Essex garden communities?

Wednesday 15 January 2020

In a huge blow to plans for so-called garden communities in north-west Essex, planning inspectors have recommended that Uttlesford District Council withdraw its Local Plan from examination. The inspectors said they could not find the document sound because of its insufficient evidence to justify the garden-communities proposals, noting that the draft Plan had not provided […] 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 >

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