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Residents across the Braintree District are being encouraged to have their say on plans for two Garden Communities.

Their views will help shape the future of the project which is now open for public consultation. All residents are encouraged to attend one of ten local exhibitions or give their views online.

Braintree District Council Leader Graham Butland said he encourages everyone to get engaged with the process and have their say on the proposals for the West of Braintree and Colchester Braintree Borders Garden Communities.

He said: “The proposals in our Local Plan, which is now with the Planning Inspectorate, include two garden communities which will allow us to meet the independently assessed housing numbers while also providing significant infrastructure – something we just cannot do by continuing to tack housing on to existing towns and villages.

“The Planning Inspectorate will consider our Local Plan from January 2018 but in the meantime there is work to be done to explore, with our residents, how these garden communities could develop. We want to be in a position where we can move forward armed with the views of our residents so that, if we get the green light, we can start to create these well-planned and well-designed communities.

“If you are interested in green spaces or smart technology, or if you want to have your say on how the communities should be designed or maybe you are interested in transport links or job creation – this consultation is the place to give your views on a whole host of topics associated with creating good, modern communities.”

Councillor Lynette Bowers-Flint, Cabinet Member for Planning & Housing at Braintree District Council, said: “I hope residents will take this opportunity to have their say. We’re right at the beginning of the project and nothing has been set in stone so this is the perfect time to get involved, whether you live close to the boundaries or not, whether you already own a home or you are still trying to get on the housing ladder. Wherever you live in the district and whatever your perspective – we want to hear from you.”

There is a third Garden Community proposed and that, if approved, will be located on the Colchester/Tendring border.

Consultations on all three began on Monday, November 13 and run for 10 weeks through until 5pm on Monday January 22, 2018.


The Braintree District Council website is hosting all 3 online consultations.  The link is here – select which document you wish to respond to:

If you choose to complete a form rather than use the online portal, send by email or post to either of the following addresses:

Braintree District Council  Causeway House Braintree CM7 9HB

Telephone: 01376 552525

Colchester Borough Council  Rowan House, 33 Sheepen Rd, Colchester CO3 3WG

The full list of consultation events is also attached

Final Consultation Schedule

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