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
Click here to read / download (print) the Appraisal of Views Document
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
5 – Further Consultation by Colchester Borough Council
Click here to view the consultation page on the Colchester Borough Council website
List of amendments:
Page 44 para.12.1 should refer to Appendix 4 not 5 Also last item in Local List are actually two separate items in the List.
Page 46 para. should be 30 potential heritage assets not 36. See removed old Appendix 5 & 6 now a supporting document.
Page 57 Areas are missing for places 30 to 40 on the list. See "Summary of Open Spaces West Mersea August 2021"
Page 59 Colour coding and italics on page 59 missing which links with Open Space, Sport and Recreation Study for West Mersea Neighbourhood Plan. The italics and greying also indicates areas outside the parish but on the Island. See: "Summary of Open Spaces West Mersea August 2021"
Page 60 Data missing for items 1 & 2 in the last three columns. Again please use the updated attached document "Summary of Open Spaces West Mersea August 2021"
Page 64 under Note 3 should be as below not a repeat of Note 2
Page 67 Missing is the Grade 1 listed building Mersea Parish Church. And others are all grade 2.
6 – Independent Examination of Plan - Examiner's Report
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.