A public hearing to review the development plan for a new garden community on the Colchester and Tendring border has come to an end.

The Tendring Colchester Borders Garden Community (TCBGC) is a proposed new settlement, located between Colchester, Ardleigh, Wivenhoe, and Elmstead Market.

The hearing into the Development Plan Document (DPD), took place at the JobServe Community Stadium in Colchester in May to assess if the document meets local and national planning guidelines. It covers aspects including land use, housing, infrastructure, and community facilities.

Cllr Mark Stephenson, leader of Tendring District Council, said: “These hearings signify a pivotal moment in our journey to establish a once-in-a-lifetime garden community.

“Our goal is to create a sustainable and vibrant space, equipped with essential facilities and infrastructure, designed for future generations to proudly call home.

“With Tendring District Council’s and Colchester City Council’s proven track record of collaboration, the Development Plan Document (DPD) represents years of hard work and sets out the positive strategy to meet the evolving needs of our growing population over the next 30 to 40 years.”

Cllr David King, leader of Colchester City Council, said: “The hearings are a hugely helpful test of the plans for the proposed Garden Community. We seek to deliver an attractive place to live, with walkable, low traffic neighbourhoods and sense of community.

“It is by no means the conclusion of the planning process, but an important piece of the overall jigsaw that will lead us towards the realisation of this Garden Community.

“I am grateful to everyone who has already commented on and contributed to this DPD, which has already received extensive public consultation.

“We look forward to the Inspector’s decision in relation to the DPD in the coming months.”

After an independent review by the Planning Inspectorate, the finalised DPD will guide future planning applications for the community.

Visit: https://talk.tcbgardencommunity.co.uk/

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