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.
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) and Parish Plans 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. In planning policy terms they have been superseded by Neighbourhood Plans.
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 Development Plan for Colchester Borough.
|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.
|Better Town Centre SPD [10Mb]||December 2012|
|Street Services Delivery Strategy SPD [234kb]||October 2012 (updated February 2016)|
|North Colchester Growth Area SPD [3Mb]||June 2012|
|Cycling Delivery Strategy SPD [220kb]||January 2012|
|Affordable Housing SPD [180kb]||August 2011|
|Sustainable Construction SPD [298kb]||June 2011|
|Shopfront Design Guide SPD [4Mb]||June 2011|
|Backland and Infill SPD [480kb]|
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:
|Provision of Community Facilities SPD [302kb]|
Revised July 2013
|Vehicle Parking Standards SPD [4Mb]||September 2009|
|Colne Harbour Masterplan SPD [22Mb]||January 2008|
|Provision of Open Space, Sport and Recreational Facilities SPD [64kb]||July 2006|
|Eight Ash Green Village Design Statement [8Mb]||September 2013|
|East Mersea Village Design Statement [2Mb]||April 2013|
|Winstred Hundred Community Plan [2Mb]||March 2012|
|Dedham Parish Plan [1Mb]||December 2011|
|West Bergholt Village Design Statement [4Mb]||December 2011|
|Stanway Joint Design Statement and Parish Plan [15Mb]||March 2011|
|West Bergholt Parish Plan [1Mb]||December 2010|
|Little Horkesley Village Design Statement [16Mb]||August 2010|
|Wivenhoe Town Plan and Executive Summary [2Mb]||October 2008|
|Langham Village Design Statement [2Mb]||November 2007|
|Dedham Village Design Statement [24Mb]||November 2007|
|Urban Place Supplement [1Mb]||Published 2005|
|Essex Design Guide [4Mb]||Published 1997|
For further information regarding any of these documents please contact the Planning Policy Team on 01206 282473 / 282476 / 282480 / 508639 or alternatively please email email@example.com