CAUSE’s positive vision

We have five principles for a positive vision for the growth of north Essex:

  1. Walkable, sensibly-sized neighbourhoods and urban extensions (Poundbury-style, Freiburg-style, Eddington-style) not stand-alone new towns*.  Homes near jobs to reduce commuting. High density development when appropriate;
  2. Brownfield first:   Take all brownfield sites seriously, including farmsteads and small sites;
  3. Infrastructure first:  Betterment for all residents, not just newcomers to new town.   Transit-oriented development and ntegrated transport plans needed.  Smarter collection of developer contributions for infrastructure;
  4. Proportionate growth – including for villages, driven by neighbourhood plans;
  5. Plan for local people – realistically affordable homes for those on local salaries, not incoming commuters.

*Dr Falk, Wolfson Economics prize-winner sets out why, here:  Neighbourhoods not stand-alone

The Metro Plan

CAUSE was challenged by MPs to create a strategic plan for north Essex.    We pulled together a team of experts and did just that.   The result was a vision which supports the local economy, is based around under-utilised transport and locates houses near to jobs.  Scroll down to listen to our presentation, “Going Dutch”

Metro Plan what is it

Benefits of CAUSE’s Metro Plan:

  • Infrastructure first, making use of an under-utilised rail asset which can offer a frequent metro service.

  • It is a sustainable, transit-oriented solution which helps to ease congestion on our over-crowded roads.

  • It supports the local economy and is based around the jobs of the University, the Knowledge Gateway, Colchester Town Centre and the ports.

  • The vision captures maximum land value uplift for re-investment.

  • It is deliverable in the plan period to 2032.

  • It is closely aligned with Ebenezer Howard’s garden city principles.

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 note Examination in Public

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CLICK HERE to read CAUSE’s note of the Examination in Public:  Examination-in-Public-notes This note is a high level overview of key points discussed at the Examination in Public of the North Essex Garden Communities Project (“West Tey” 24,000 homes, “West … Read More

Letter from NHS to Colchester

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Click here to read letter from Colchester Hospital Trust to Colchester   This letter was sent in August 2017 from Nick Hulme, Chief Executive, Colchester Hospital Univeristy NHS Foundation Trust voicing concerns about healthcare provision in the Local Plan

Submission to Raynsford Review

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The Raynsford Review of Planning was set up by the Town and Country Planning Association to identify how the Government can reform the English planning system to make it fairer, better resourced and capable of producing quality outcomes, while still … Read More

CAUSE consultation response

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CAUSE’s response to the Publication Local Plan has been submitted.    Over 1,100 people have asked us to represent them.   Click here to read it: CAUSE Local Plan response 2017   The report explains why the decision to include three new … Read More

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