Local Plan

Colchester Borough Council, Tendring District Council and Braintree District Council are preparing a long-term plan for the growth of North Essex. At the heart of this plan is the creation of three new Garden Communities.

Two of these new Garden Communities will be part-located on land within Colchester Borough – one to the east of Colchester (Tendring Colchester Borders) and one to the west of Colchester (Colchester Braintree Borders).

In September 2019 Wivenhoe Town Council reached out to the town for their views on the proposed building of a Garden City of over 9000 houses on the edge of the town border. The response was excellent with many residents expressing their concerns over the impact on local resources, the environment and increased transport congestion. Cllrs. Asa Aldis and Andrea-Luxford Vaughan will represent Wivenhoe at the inspectorate hearing in January 2020 to put the case that the city is unnecessary and unwanted.

April 2020 – Wivenhoe Town Council Update - Cllr. Asa Aldis.

There are plans to build 9,000 homes starting from just a few hundred yards away from Wivenhoe. Wivenhoe Town Council has severe concerns about the detrimental impact this will have on our daily lives. From the congestion it will create, it’s impact on the environment and how it will overburden our limited local resources. We have been proactively campaigning against the New Town in accordance with residents wishes and will continue to do so. Recently there have been consultations on the potential A133/A120 link road and transport plan and the type of housing in the New Town. We have taken part in both.

The Planning Inspector examined the plans between 14 & 24 January 2020 and we were represented at the hearing by Cllr. Andrea Luxford-Vaughan and Cllr. Asa Aldis. We put forward our case that the plans are unworkable, unwanted and unnecessary. We will keep you updated.

May 2020 - Colchester Borough Council - Planning Inspectorate Update.

Planning Inspector gives Local Authorities way forward for their joint section one Local Plan, ruling that two or the three garden communities are not deliverable.

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