Background to the Local Plan
Up until 2011, we were working on a plan in accordance with the relevant planning regulations and national planning policies that were in place at that time. They required councils to prepare a ‘Local Development Framework’ (LDF) containing a series of planning documents that, together, would form the plan for the area. Following the government’s introduction of the new National Planning Policy Framework and revisions to the planning regulations in 2012, we chose to proceed with a single ‘Local Plan’ in line with current requirements. However, all the previous technical studies, survey work and public consultation carried out for the LDF remained relevant and helped to inform the content of the new Local Plan.
Since 2007, we have prepared and commissioned several technical studies on housing, employment, infrastructure, retail, ecology, flood risk and other subjects. We have also been meeting and exchanging information with partner organisations such as Essex County Council, the Environment Agency, Natural England, the NHS and others to understand some of the district’s social, economic, physical, environmental and infrastructure limitations and to formulate some sensible options for future growth. View the technical studies here.