To agree for consultation the publication of the Tendring Colchester Borders Garden Community Issues and Options Development Plan Document (TCBGC I&O DPD) and associated sustainability appraisal and strategic environmental assessment.
The Committee had before it a report of the Head of Planning Services (A.1), which sought its agreement for public consultation on the Tendring Colchester Borders Garden Community Issues and Options Development Plan Document (TCBGC I&O DPD) and the associated sustainability appraisal and strategic environmental assessment.
Members were aware that the Council was preparing a new Local Plan in order to guide future development in the Tendring area between now and 2033. Section 1 of the Local Plan, jointly prepared with Colchester Borough Council and Braintree District Council, had dealt with strategic issues and had included proposals for three garden communities in north Essex, one of which straddled the Tendring Colchester administrative boundary.
It was reported that those policies were high level and had set out broad principles for the garden community developments and referenced production of Development Plan Documents to set out principles of design, development and phasing for the garden communities.
Members were informed that an Issues and Options Development Plan Document had been produced which had reflected the North Essex Garden Communities Charter principles and the Concept Framework which had been published as part of the Local Plan evidence base. This had set out key attributes of the proposed garden community that would be refined through the stages of development of the Development Plan Document. Those attributes included the fact that the garden communities were being overseen by a strategic planning partnership agreed between Braintree, Colchester, Essex and Tendring Councils as well as the North Essex Garden Communities Ltd (NEGC). NEGC was jointly owned by the four councils in order to drive the delivery of the three garden communities and secure investment in enabling infrastructure across the wider area. Through NEGC, the Councils would act as the ‘lead developer’ and so would have more control over the type of development, the design and the rate of delivery and also the ability to commit to an ‘infrastructure first’ approach. Such an approach would ensure that transport improvements (including new roads), schools, health and leisure facilities were developed ahead of, or alongside new housing, to adequately serve the needs of the new community and to minimise any adverse impacts on existing communities. It would also help ensure effective future stewardship of those community facilities. Similarly, this innovative delivery approach would also give the Councils a key role in attracting investment and businesses to assist in the creation of vibrant, thriving and sustainable communities.
Members were further informed that it was proposed to undertake an eight week period of consultation on the TCBGCI&O DPD and the accompanying Strategic Environmental Appraisal/Sustainability Appraisal. The consultation material would be available via the Council’s website as well as at Council offices and libraries. Local exhibitions would also be held in Elmstead Market, Greenstead and Wivenhoe.
Attached to the report for the Committee’s information was ‘Tendring Colchester Borders Garden Community Development Plan Document Issues and Options Report’ (Appendix 1) and ‘Tendring Colchester Borders Garden Community Issues and Options Development Plan Document Strategic Environmental Assessment/Sustainability Appraisal’ (Appendix 2).
Having discussed the information provided, it was moved by Councillor Turner, seconded by Councillor G V Guglielmi and RESOLVED that the Local Plan Committee:
1. agrees that the Tendring Colchester Borders Garden Community Issues and Options Development Plan Document consultation draft be published for consultation;
2. agrees that the associated Sustainability Appraisal and Strategic Environmental Assessment be also published for consultation; and
3. delegates authority to the Head of Planning to make minor revisions to the document prior to publication, subject to the agreement of the Chairman of the Local Plan Committee.