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New Towns: Essex

Question for Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

UIN 156414, tabled on 21 June 2018

To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, if he will assess the effect on the garden community proposals for North Essex of the Government planning inspector's letter of 8 June 2018 to Braintree District, Colchester Borough and Tendring District Councils in relation to the examination in public of their Local Plan proposals.

Answered on

29 June 2018

We welcome the planning inspector’s report on section 1 of joint local plan submitted by Colchester Borough and Tendring and Braintree District Councils for examination in public earlier this year. The proposals to create three new garden communities with new homes for up to 43,000 homes in North Essex are, by their nature, ambitious and long-term. The Planning Inspectorate has an important role to play in assessing those proposals and identifying areas that need further consideration. The inspector’s letter of 8 June 2018 sets out a number of such areas. It will be for the local authorities to decide on how to proceed.