The Government encourages town and parish councils to produce their own Neighbourhood Plans enabling local people to have a say in how their neighbourhood grows and develops. In 2016 the Town Council agreed to prepare a Neighbourhood Plan. Since then a Working Group of volunteer residents has undertaken surveys and consultations and produced a draft Neighbourhood Plan.
The draft Neighbourhood Plan was amended following consultation in late 2020 (extended to Jan 4th 2021 because of Covid-19) and, along with supporting documents, has now been submitted to Colchester Borough Council (CBC).
The Borough Council (CBC) will now consult on the Plan and subsequently the Plan will be independently examined. Details of the consultation will be available here once consultation commences.
Click here to read / download (print) the Draft Neighbourhood Plan
Click here to read / download (print) the Consultation Statement
Click here to read / download (print) the Basic Conditions Statement
The Neighbourhood Plan preparation process includes a number of stages that have to be completed before the Plan is adopted. These are:
1 – Designation of Neighbourhood Area
In 2016, in accordance with the Neighbourhood Planning Regulations, Colchester Borough Council formally designated the whole parish as a Neighbourhood Plan Area
2 – Information Gathering - Surveys and consultation events - click here to view Supporting Evidence
3 – Pre-Submission Consultation on Draft Plan - Consultation on the Pre-Submission draft Plan took place between 23 October 2020 and 4 January 2021. The Pre-Submission Draft Plan can be read / downloaded here
4 – Submission of Plan to Colchester Borough Council - This is the stage we’ve now reached
5 – Further Consultation by Colchester Borough Council - This is expected to commence in June 2021
6 – Independent Examination of Plan
7 – Referendum - Subject to the stages above and potential COVID-19 restrictions
8 – Making (adoption) of Plan by Colchester Borough Council
West Mersea Town Council has agreed to prepare a neighbourhood plan. A working group of volunteers has undertaken surveys and consultation.