CAUSE’s 10-point Plan


Find more information on alternatives to the garden towns on our Conference page:  CAUSE Conferences

The Metro Concept

CAUSE was challenged by MPs to create a different vision for north Essex.  Supported by a team of experts we came up with the ‘Metro’ concept.  It supports the local economy, is based around under-utilised transport and locates houses near to jobs.

For more information, please click here:   MetroPresentation

Consultants’ reports below.

Metro Plan what is it

The plan was prepared by a team which included:

  • Dr Nicholas Falk (internationally recognised urban designer and winner of the 2014 Wolfson Economics Prize);
  • Tim Pharoah, Transport Consultant;
  • Joanna Chambers, Planning Consultant;
  • Jonathan Tyler, Railway Consultant;
  • Alan Stones, Architect and Urban Designer

To find out more, please click below for full reports:


Overview Colchester Metro Plan

CAUSE vision versus West Tey matrix


Jonathan Tyler CAUSE Report FINAL

Tim Pharoah Living Transport report for CAUSE FINAL


CAUSE is a co-founder of ‘A Better Way’, principles for good development:









Troubling decision-making

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A number of things trouble CAUSE about decision-making at Braintree last week: A continued tendency to play the person rather than the ball CAUSE has always relied on analysis and evidence.  However, our volunteer-funded research is ignored, as is our … Read More

Connected, please, not ‘garden’

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A group of nine north Essex residents travelled to Letchworth on 19 June, to attend the ConnectedCities and Garden Cities Alliance conference. It was striking how far removed our north Essex authourities are from the ‘connected cities’ approach.  In line … Read More

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