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:









Out of the frying pan, into the fire…

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…why Monks Wood spells trouble for Braintree It is rumoured that Monks Wood ‘Garden’ Town, Braintree district, will be included for consideration in the new north Essex sustainability appraisal.  The inspector required new, objective assessment of alternatives for development in … Read More

What Essex did next

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The garden community proposals by Braintree, Colchester, Tendring (and Essex) were rejected by the inspector in June and the authorities are trying to decide what to do next.  If you are new to the North Essex Garden Communities saga, you … Read More

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