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Adopted Guidance

The Council uses a variety of different documents when planning for new development in the Borough. They consist of:

Supplementary Planning Documents (SPDs) form part of the Local Plan and provide detailed guidance on how planning policy will be implemented by the Council.

pdf icon Essex Design Guidance [4Mb] provides detailed design advice on the layout, design and spatial principles of new residential and mixed use development.

Development Briefs inform developers and other interested parties of the constraints and opportunities presented by specific sites and the type of development expected or encouraged by the Council.

Village Design Statements (VDS) describe the distinctive characteristics of a locality and provide design guidance to ensure future development meets identified requirements and improves the physical qualities of an area.

Neighbourhood Plans were introduced under the Localism Act 2011 and are created by local communities. Once they are adopted by the Council Neighbourhood Plans form part of the Local Plan.

 

Supplementary Planning Documents
pdf icon Sustainable Drainage Systems Design Guide SPD [15Mb]

This guide will ensure that developers have access to consistent advice about the provision of sustainable drainage schemes when planning applications are being planned and negotiated.

April 2015
pdf icon Better Town Centre SPD [10Mb]

pdf icon Better Town Centre SPD - Adoption Statement [17kb]

pdf icon Better Town Centre SPD - Statement of Consultation [764kb]

pdf icon Better Town Centre SPD - Sustainability Appraisal [352kb]

pdf icon Better Town Centre SPD - Sustainability Appraisal Non Technical Summary [41kb]

December 2012
pdf icon Street Services Delivery Strategy SPD [234kb]

pdf icon Street Services SPD - Adoption Statement [13kb]

pdf icon Street Services SPD - Statement of Consultation [59kb]

pdf icon Street Infrastructure Guide [124kb]

October 2012 (updated February 2016)
pdf icon North Colchester Growth Area SPD [3Mb]

pdf icon North Colchester Growth Area SPD Adoption Statement [17kb]

pdf icon North Colchester Growth Area SPD Statement of Consultation [344kb]

pdf icon North Colchester Growth Area SPD Sustainability Statement [40kb]

June 2012
pdf icon Cycling Delivery Strategy SPD [220kb]

pdf icon Cycling Delivery Strategy SPD Appendix 1 [24Mb]

pdf icon Cycling Delivery Strategy SPD Appendix 2 [25kb]

pdf icon Cycling Delivery Strategy Adoption Statement [71kb]

pdf icon Cycling Delivery Strategy Statement of Consultation [147kb]

January 2012
pdf icon Affordable Housing SPD [180kb]

pdf icon Affordable Housing Adoption Statement [71kb]

pdf icon Affordable Housing Statement of Consultation [197kb]

August 2011
pdf icon Sustainable Construction SPD [298kb]

pdf icon Sustainable Construction Adoption Statement [71kb]

pdf icon Sustainable Construction Statement of Consultation [189kb]

June 2011
pdf icon Shopfront Design Guide SPD [4Mb]

pdf icon Shopfront Design Guide Adoption Statement [70kb]

pdf icon Shopfront Design Guide Statement of Consultation [133kb]

June 2011
pdf icon Backland and Infill SPD [480kb]

pdf icon Backland and Infill Sustainability Appraisal [592kb] 

pdf icon Backland and Infill Statement of Consultation [107kb]

On the 19 January 2010 the Department for Communities and Local Government published a study which is considered to be useful and ought to be read alongside the Backland and Infill SPD.  Further information can be found on the Department for Communities and Local Government (www.communities.gov.uk) or via the link below:

pdf icon DCLG Letter to Chief Planning Officers 19 January 2010 [59kb]  

December 2010
pdf icon Provision of Community Facilities SPD [302kb]


pdf icon Community Facilities Sustainability Appraisal [462kb]

pdf icon Community Facilities Statement of Consultation [122kb]

September 2009 

Revised July 2013

pdf icon Vehicle Parking Standards SPD [4Mb]

pdf icon Vehicle Parking Standards - SA/SEA Report [441kb] 

pdf icon Vehicle Parking Standards - Statement of Consultation [48kb] 

pdf icon Vehicle Parking Standards - Consultation Response Summary [286kb] 

September 2009
pdf icon Colne Harbour Masterplan SPD [22Mb]

pdf icon Technical Appendix 1 - Evidence Base [4Mb] 

pdf icon Technical Appendix 2 - Design Framework [944kb] 

pdf icon Technical Appendix 3 - Public Open Space Design Guide [5Mb] 

pdf icon Technical Appendix 4 - Affordable Housing [9Mb] 

pdf icon Technical Appendix 5 - Sustainability Appraisal Scoping Report [633kb] 

pdf icon Tecnhical Appendix 6 - Sustainability Appraisal Appendices [479kb]

January 2008
pdf icon Provision of Open Space, Sport and Recreational Facilities SPD [64kb]

pdf icon SPD Charges effective from 01/04/12 [16kb]

July 2006

Village Design Statements
pdf icon Eight Ash Green Village Design Statement [8Mb]September 2013
pdf icon East Mersea Village Design Statement [2Mb]April 2013
pdf icon Myland PP FINAL July 2012 [1Mb]July 2012
pdf icon Winstred Hundred Community Plan [2Mb]March 2012
pdf icon Dedham Parish Plan [1Mb]December 2011
pdf icon West Bergholt Village Design Statement [4Mb]December 2011
pdf icon Stanway Joint Design Statement and Parish Plan [15Mb]March 2011
pdf icon West Bergholt Parish Plan [1Mb]December 2010
pdf icon Little Horkesley Village Design Statement [16Mb]August 2010
pdf icon Myland Design Statement [1Mb]August 2010
pdf icon Boxted Parish Plan incorporating Village Design Statement [2Mb]June 2010
pdf icon Wivenhoe Town Plan and Executive Summary [2Mb]October 2008
pdf icon Langham Village Design Statement [2Mb]November 2007
pdf icon Dedham Village Design Statement [24Mb]November 2007

 

Essex Design Guidance

pdf icon Urban Place Supplement [1Mb]Published 2005
pdf icon Essex Design Guide [4Mb]Published 1997

 

Development Briefs and Guidance Notes

pdf icon Planning for Broadband 2016 (updated) [261kb]February 2016
pdf icon Managing Archaeology in Development. Colchester Local Development Framework Supplementary Planning Document (Adopted 2015) [356kb]October 2015
pdf icon Essex County Hospital Development Brief [5Mb]December 2014
pdf icon Magdalen Street Sidings Development Brief [3Mb] (an extension of the Magdalen Street Development Brief)August 2014
pdf icon Magdalen Street Development Brief [1Mb]February 2014
pdf icon Stanway Southern Sites Access Development Brief [1Mb]December 2013
pdf icon Developing a Landscape for the Future [31kb]September 2013
pdf icon Tollgate Vision Statement [4Mb]July 2013
pdf icon Air Quality Management Guidance Note [310kb]
pdf icon Air Quality Management Areas [1Mb]
pdf icon Air Quality Management Order [164kb]
August 2012
pdf icon Rural Workers Dwellings - Guidance Note for Applicants [52kb]August 2012
pdf icon Town Centre Public Realm Strategy [4Mb]June 2011
pdf icon Stanway Railway Siding Development Brief [702kb]May 2011
pdf icon Essex County Council, Development & Public Rights of Way (January 2010) [114kb]
pdf icon Essex County Council, Procedure & Policy for Public Path Creations (June 2008) [93kb]
pdf icon Essex County Council, Procedure for Public Path Diversions (October 2007) [167kb]
January 2011
pdf icon Former Betts Site Development Brief [1Mb]
pdf icon Appendix 1 - Masterplan Layout [862kb]
pdf icon Appendix 2 - Ownership [247kb]
pdf icon Appendix 3 - Constraints [352kb]
pdf icon Appendix 4 - Opportunities [301kb]
December 2010
pdf icon Layer Road Development Brief [2Mb]August 2010
pdf icon Planning Out Crime [83kb]March 2005
pdf icon Dedham Vale AONB Management Plan [5Mb]2004, revised 2010
pdf icon St Botolph's Masterplan [1Mb]2005
pdf icon External Materials Guide for New Developments [1Mb]July 2004

 

For further information regarding any of these documents please contact the Planning Policy Team on 01206 282473 / 282476 / 282480 / 508639 or alternatively please email planning.policy@colchester.gov.uk