North Essex groups support scrapping garden communities

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North Essex groups support motion to scrap garden communities Plan

Ongoing delays to the garden communities plan have resulted in enough homes allocated via speculative applications in Braintree to meet the allocation originally set aside for the garden communities to 2033.    This means that there is no longer a need[1] for the unpopular garden communities.

Further delay to the Section 1 (garden communities) Plan will now be caused by the requirement to wait for a government announcement about the Housing Infrastructure Fund bids.  This is delayed until a new government is in place and possibly until after any general election called.

There are many problems with the new version of the proposals, including lack of convincing evidence to support the mass rapid transit system and therefore ambition for modal shift away from cars, the lack of employment strategy, and flaws to the viability appraisals.  It is therefore likely that when the revised plan is finally submitted to the Inspector, there will be further delays.

In the meantime, Braintree and Tendring continue to be exposed to speculative developer applications.

For this reason, the following groups support a motion tabled by the Green & Independent party to be debated at Braintree on Monday to “change direction and secure Local Plan as soon as possible to halt speculative development around villages”

Supported by:

  • A12VTAG
  • Colne-Stour Association
  • CPREssex
  • Halstead 21st Century Group
  • Kelvedon Feering Heritage Society
  • Monks Wood Action Group
  • No to Brook Green
  • Also by Chartered Town Planner, Edward Gittins, FRTPI
  • And Alan Stones, Urban Designer
  • Wivenhoe Town Council[2]

Parish Council decision-making processes take much longer, but already, over the weekend, the following have signed the statement:

  • Bardfield Parish Council
  • Bradwell with Pattiswick Parish Council
  • Cressing Parish Council
  • Little Yeldham, Tilbury Juxta Clare and Ovington Parish Council
  • The Salings and Shalford
  • Rayne Parish Council
  • Stisted Parish Council


[1] It is also noted that Tendring District’s need will be ‘comfortably exceeded by around 1,500 homes’ during the Plan period and therefore has no need for the garden communities.

[2] has asked to be added because decisions in Braintree affect the whole of north Essex

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