Project Description

North Essex Garden Communities

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Hyas is providing advice to Braintree District Council, Tendring District Council and Colchester Borough Council, together with Essex County Council, to bring forward a number of visionary and ambitious new garden communities across North Essex.

The proposals seek to address long term housing, transport, infrastructure, open space, and employment needs and will be the largest projects of this nature coming forward since the New Towns.

Three sites have been identified and are progressing through an innovative shared Part 1 across the 3 separate Local Plans. Two are new settlements one West of Braintree of upto 13,000 homes (cross boundary with Uttlesford DC) and the other at Colchester Braintree Borders close to Marks Tey of up to 24,000 units. A further new community is planned at Tendring Colchester Borders adjacent to Essex University with a capacity of upto 9,000 homes.  The projects are coming forward in accordance with garden city principles and are embracing new, innovative models of planning and delivery. Further site specific Development Plan Documents are also under preparation.

Hyas are providing support on the approach to viability and scheme financing to the North Essex Garden Communities (NEGC) team, including coordinating the work of a Finance Working Group. Broad strategic planning consultancy is also being provided to help the schemes come forward through the planning system including support on planning policy evolution and the preparation of background evidence, including viability evidence to underpin the Part 1 Local Plans.

Hyas has been working closely with and alongside officers on the ground, supporting project management and the delivery of effective project governance.