01 About Essex Developers Group

Working with the Government, Housing Minister, Homes England and South East Local Enterprise Partnership (SELEP) to accelerate housing delivery and affordable homes

EDG members will seek to work with the Government, including the Housing Minister, Homes England and South East Local Enterprise Partnership (SELEP) to accelerate housing delivery, including the supply of much needed affordable homes. The group also intends to encourage and support smaller house builders.

EDG has excellent links and a history of positive working with Essex Housing and Planning Groups – Essex Planning Officers Association and Essex Housing Officers Group. It also
forms part of a wider collaboration of developer groups which currently exist in the South East Local Enterprise Partnership area of Kent and East Sussex.

The formation of the EDG is vital to the county’s future growth and prosperity. The group will work with key planning and housing officers across the county to promote joint ambition and collaboration, share best practice and ensure infrastructure is aligned with housing growth. In doing so, EDG will be able to speak with a much stronger voice directly with government.

The latest Terms of Reference for the Group can be found here.

02 Explore

Affordable housing

A resume of national trends, local house prices, affordability and market indicators.

Asset management

Managing assets effectively is crucial to the operations of local authorities, registered providers and private landlords in meeting their strategic goals particularly in relation increasing value and maintaining stock.

Construction Skills

Working with the Essex Employment and Skills Board to continue to invest in the local skills pipeline and training provision.

Evidence base

Having a robust evidence base is key to securing a sound local plan and for making a convincing case for funding to support essential infrastructure. 

Funding opportunities

A range of funding opportunities exist for EDG and SEHG partners from the Government to support housing growth and related services.

Greater Essex Planning Protocol

Together, local authorities, developers and infrastructure providers are vital to the delivery of quality, sustainable development: this Protocol is our shared commitment.

Housing Quality & Design

Collaborating to improve the quality of housing development in Essex through establishment of a pan-Essex innovation and quality project.

Housing Recovery

Partnership's ongoing response to housing recovery during the Covid-19 pandemic and some key interventions.

Nominations, allocations & lettings

The South Essex Housing Group set up an Allocations Sub Group to develop a Sub-Regional Nomination Agreement Best Practice Guide.

Older People's Housing & Healthy Living

The population of Essex is ageing. What is needed is a wide range of housing types across all tenures, including accessible and adaptable general needs retirement housing.

Preventing Homelessness

Preventing homelessness remains a key priority both nationally and across Essex.

Private Rented Sector

Key evidence was submitted by South Essex Housing Group to the New Rugg Review covering the state of the local private rented sector, associated problems / obstacles and solutions that have or are being considered to resolve them.

Strategic Planning and Garden Communities

Partners are working together on agreeing the overall housing requirement forming part of a wider evidence base to support Local Plans and investment in infrastructure. The potential for new garden settlements are also being explored across Essex.

03 Latest News & Events

Essex Developers Group sign up to a new Climate Action Charter

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Curo and Swan Housing secure £160m Homes England funding to build more affordable homes

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Experts debate how garden communities can build back beautiful

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Close Brothers: Supporting new homes in the fastest growing County of Essex

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Start on-site for first phase of £1bn Purfleet Town Centre Regeneration

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Developers Group Chairs meet Minister of State for Housing

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£500m+ Better Queensway regeneration receives planning approval for hybrid application

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Planning permission submitted for 233 new homes in Basildon

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Building Garden Communities will be the future for post-pandemic living

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Braintree regeneration to provide housing for first time buyers and social renters

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04 Planning

Local Authority Plans

Essex is made up of 15 Local Planning Authorities including City, District, Borough, Unitary and County Councils. The following links will take you to each local authorities planning page for the latest local plan update: