Time is running out for people to have their say on Braintree District Council’s draft local plan.
So far the Council has received 455 responses to the plan which will form the basis of future development of homes, employment and business in our district.
The public consultation started on June 27th and will close on 5pm on Friday August 19th2016. Once this consultation closes, it will not be possible to accept any late responses.
The biggest sites the Council proposes to allocate are:
· West of Braintree New Garden Community (2,500 homes within the Local Plan period with the potential to rise after 2033)
· Marks Tey New Garden Community (1,500 homes within the Local Plan period with the potential to rise after 2033)
· East of Great Notley in Black Notley Parish (2,000 homes)
· Land east of Broad Road, Braintree (1,000 homes )
· Former Towerlands Park site, Braintree (600 homes)
· Land at Feering (1,000 homes)
· Wood End Farm, Witham (450 homes)
· There are a number of other smaller sites (of less than 450 homes) including sites in Braintree, Bocking, Great Notely, Halstead, Black Notley, Witham, Hatfield Peverel, Bures Hamlet, Coggeshall, Cressing, Earls Colne, Great Yeldham, Kelvedon, Ridgewell, Sible Hedingham, Silver End, Steeple Bumpstead
Leader of the Council, Cllr Graham Butland said: “Just like other areas in the country, we’re working on a new Local Plan for the district. It is important because it sets the direction for our future development of sites but it also gives us more power to stop inappropriate development.
“We need to build more homes so that our children and grandchildren can find homes to suit them. We need to deliver 845 homes each year between now and 2033 in order to comply with national guidelines and to meet locally-driven demand.”
The Council is looking to allocate land for around 10,000 homes as well as the infrastructure, employment and community facilities to support them.
When consultation ends, amendments will be made to the draft before it goes out to public consultation again.
It will then be submitted to the Planning Inspectorate and subject to an independent public examination.
· Find out more: https://www.braintree.gov.uk/newlp