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Developer information

25 November 2016

Please select from the headings below to download the appropriate guide or checklist. 

Essex Design Guide and Urban Place Supplement

Put together with the Essex Planning Officers’ Association, this outlines what Essex County Council considers best practice in the design and layout of residential developments.  The Urban Place Supplement provides additional guidance to help create sustainable communities.

Developers’ Guide to Infrastructure Contributions

This provides details of the impacts that development may have on Essex County Council services and infrastructure, and guidance to developers regarding how section 106 agreements and the Community Infrastructure Levy may be used to secure works, finance and/or land to mitigate these impacts.

Pre-App enquiries form and pre-app charges

Essex County Council provides a pre-planning application service to developers wishing to understand issues, related to transportation and community infrastructure, which may be raised by their proposals.

Section 106 agreement template

Where development requires an impact to be mitigated using a section 106 agreement, developers are expected to use this template to enter in to any obligations in favour of Essex County Council.  Adherence to these specimen clauses speeds up the planning process and reduces legal costs.

Education site suitability checklist

Where a new development needs land for a new school or early years and childcare facility, the developer must send in a Land Compliance Study with their planning application.  The main points covered are set out in this checklist and should also be used to shape pre-application discussions regarding appropriate locations.

Highways and Transportation policies 

The ‘Development Management policies’ set out the Council's expectations about Highway design and transport matters in relation to new development.  They strike a balance between the need for new housing and employment opportunities, the regeneration agenda, and protecting the transport network for the safe movement of people and goods.

Highway adoption and land

Essex Highways, the Council's delivery partner, deals with all aspects associated with the implementation of the developer works in the highway. Please refer to their guidance before making your submission.

Car Parking Standards 

The Essex Parking Standards set out the number of parking spaces that should be included in new development along with design guidance.  They have been produced in partnership with the Essex Planning Officers Association (EPOA).

Planning Obligation discharge enquiries and charges

Copies of section 106 agreements can usually be downloaded from the relevant Local Planning Authority’s (borough, city or district) website free of charge.  Using the above form you can, however, obtain copy agreements from us and confirmation that obligations in favour of the County have been discharged.   Please note enquiries regarding the discharge of Highway Works Agreements (s278 et al) must be directed to
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