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:









Garden cities: what cost? Time for a Plimsoll line

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PRESS RELEASE 13 June 2019 Garden cities must be tested for ‘seaworthiness’ to prevent further waste of tax-payers’ money The Campaign Against Urban Sprawl in Essex (CAUSE) has published a paper calling for a ‘Plimsoll line’ for the planning of … Read More

Press release: No mandate for West Tey

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An over-development revolt has taken place in eastern Braintree District and western Colchester Borough. The message from voters in last week’s local election was clear:   there is no mandate for garden communities. Every councillor elected in the wards surrounding ‘West … Read More

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