Partners have been reviewing the potentially very significant changes to the planning system being proposed in the Government’s Planning for the Future white paper especially where they relate to local plans and housing development. A joint response to the consultation was subsequently submitted to Government.
Plan making continues “a pace” with Castle Point having recently just submitted their local plan for examination. Strategic Housing Market Assessments (SHMAs) and land availability through Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessments (SHLAAs) continue to form a major part of the wider evidence base to support Local Plans and investment in infrastructure.
The plans for new garden communities are being developed across Essex including Harlow and Gilston Garden Town, North Essex Garden Communities and Uttlesford District Council garden communities in their local plan. The Association of South Essex Local Authorities (ASELA) is also developing a blueprint for new homes, jobs and infrastructure through a joint infrastructure and strategic plan, supported by a new prospectus.
South Essex Local Enterprise Partnership (SELEP) supported by Essex and Kent Developers Group are running a series of events delivered by White Label focusing on garden communities which will culminate in a conference in 2021. A Round Table event took place on 24 September looking at how the new proposed planning reforms might impact on the creation of garden communities – the full report can be read here.
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:
more to be added…
Plans for managing tidal flood risk in the Thames estuary to the end of the century and beyond. It looks at out how the Environment Agency will protect 1.25 million people and £200 billion worth of property from tidal flood risk.
Three phases form part of the 2100 Plan. Currently in Phase 1 until 2035, maintaining and improving current defences, middle phase will see ‘low-scale’ raising of existing tidal defences and final phase to include ‘large-scale’ raising of new and existing tidal defences as well as possible new tidal flood barriers.
Is a plan of action for building homes and managing water in England, launched in summer 2018. The report aims to evaluate how water and housing policy is currently being implemented in England, and to set out an ambitious strategic plan for delivering water-efficient homes at volume, that are resilient to flooding.
After 36 written submissions / 49 oral submissions, found that: there was a complicated framework of nine pieces of primary legislation since privatisation / 357 pieces of secondary legislation in relation to water.