What is a Local Plan?

A Local Plan is the basis for the future development of homes, employment, business and much more. Planning applications, whatever their size and proposed use, are assessed against the policies contained in the Local Plan.

Having a Local Plan is really important because it sets the direction for future development but it also gives Braintree District Council more power to stop inappropriate development.

Local Plans are not just about new homes but must ensure that housing growth is supported by infrastructure, jobs and community facilities.


What is the status of the Braintree Local Plan?

Public consultation on the Braintree Local Plan closed in July 2017 and the Publication Draft Local Plan was submitted to the Planning Inspectorate on 9th October 2017. This document can be found here

The document is in two parts:

  • Section 1 - Strategic Plan for North Essex - including the Garden Communities (This document is shared with Colchester Borough Council and Tendring District Council)
  • Section 2 - Policies, maps and sites for development, housing, employment, regeneration etc within Braintree District Council 

Section 1 is currently being examined by the Planning Inspector and details of the Local Plan hearing sessions to be held in January 2020 can be found here