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February 2024 - Essex County Council - Replacement Minerals Local Plan Review 2025 - 2040

Essex County Council re planning to extend the current plan to 2040 and will be looking for new sites to meet demand. You can read about the proposals and make comment HERE

Closing date for responses is 9th April 2024


Colchester City Council - Local Plan Review.

What is the Colchester Local Plan Review? 

The Local Plan is a plan for the development of the local area, drawn up by the Local Planning Authority (Colchester City Council). It guides decisions on whether planning applications can be granted. The Council adopted the current Colchester Local Plan Section 1 in February 2021 and Section 2 in July 2022. This guides growth and development across Colchester to 2033. To ensure plans remain effective, they require reviewing and updating at least every five years. 


What is a vision? 

The Local Plan must set out a vision for the future development of Colchester, addressing needs and opportunities in relation to housing, the economy, community facilities and infrastructure – as well as a basis for conserving and enhancing the natural and historic environment, mitigating and adapting to climate change, and achieving well designed places.


The questions being asked during this consultation are:  


  1. What 3 things do you like best about Colchester City (Local Authority Area) as a Place?  


  1. What do you think are the most important opportunities for Colchester looking ahead to 2041?  


  1. What 3 things would you most like Colchester to be known for in 2041.



How do I complete the survey? 


The above questions can be completed on our online site - Colchester City Council - Consultations (oc2.uk)


If you are not able to access the consultation site, paper copies of the questionnaire can be collected from the Town Hall and all Colchester libraries. These can be handed to the librarian, alternatively you can email your responses to local.plan@colchester.gov.uk or post it to Planning Policy, Rowan House, 33 Sheepen Road, Colchester, CO3 3WG. 


The closing date for submissions is Thursday 21st March 2024. 


Updating your details 

If you no longer wish to remain on our consultation database please email us at Local.Plan@colchester.gov.uk  


All comments will be published on our website and consultation portal in accordance with the Data Protection Act 2018 and General Data Protection Regulations.  For further information about how your data is processed, go to  www.colchester.gov.uk/privacy


If you have any questions, please email us at Local.Plan@colchester.gov.uk  


Kind regards

Local Plan Team


 Essex County Council in conjunction with Healthwatchessex

Are you a Carer? If so Essex County council and Essex Healthwatch are working on a new project called 'Carers Voices@ You can read more about this project and take part HERE


Essex County Council - Travel Essex Bus Services Survey

Travel Essex is conducting a survey to better understand public opinion of the bus services in Essex. The consultation runs until 17th March 2024 - find the details HERE