Partners have been reviewing the Government’s Levelling Up white paper, a briefing from SELEP can be found here. Previously, partners had reviewed 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 is progressing with a number of plans going forward for examination, however, a few have been delayed. For the latest position on individual local plans, please see the links below. Strategic Housing Market Assessments (SHMAs) and 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, Tendring and Colchester Borders Garden Community 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.
A Garden Communities programme is being lead by the South Essex Local Enterprise Partnership (SELEP) supported by Essex and Kent Developers Group. To-date, a series of events have been delivered by White Label including:
Round Table, September 2020, looking at how the impact of the proposed planning reforms – the full report can be read here.
A virtual Building Garden Communities Conference, March 2021, where over 200 delegates listened to a number of key note speakers including the Minister for Housing, on the importance of garden communities, particularly in building post pandemic sustainable communities. Further details can be found here.
Round Table, 22 July 2021, in partnership with Willmott Dixon, SELEP, Kent and Essex Developer Groups, focused on how can Garden Communities ‘Build Back Beautiful’, the summary report can be read here.
The second Building Garden Communities Conference is on 24 May 2022 live @RIBA, London. BBC’s Mark Easton will host and chair the day and keynotes will include UK government and Fionnulla Lennon, Garden Communities Lead at Homes England. The programme and booking details can be viewed here.
Essex Developers and Kent Developers Group have been sharing best practice on Stewardship and also looking at what kind of model / approach might work best / providing flexibility for differing developments. This includes looking at a number of Garden Communities as they develop such as
Otterpool Park, Folkstone, Kent
Harlow and Gilston Garden Town, Essex
And sign posting to excellent advice from the TCPA’s: “Emerging Lessons in Long-term Stewardship” which can be found here.
The group is keen to test different models of stewardship – endowment v charging, look at the best way to engage education and health to establish when and how new facilities should be delivered in garden community schemes. Consider how model / approach can be best embedded in local plans. Determine how flexibility can be introduced for varying developments / requirements. Explore the role of the New Homes Ombudsman regarding potential malpractice in estate management.
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…
The Thames Estuary is the UK’s number one growth opportunity. Located in the south-east of England, on the country’s most important waterway, we are in a good place.
The Thames Estuary Growth Board, led by our government-appointed Envoy, Kate Willard, is driving forward an action plan: “The Green Blue”.
This builds on the previous Thames Estuary 2050 Vision
and is informed by the Thames Estuary 2100 Plan
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.
Other reports include: Bricks and Water
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.