Three new garden communities in North Essex took a step closer to becoming a reality when Essex County Council approved plans for a new company to develop business cases for the new settlements.
The garden communities will meet demand for new homes and jobs in north Essex over the next 30 years, providing infrastructure such as schools, roads, healthcare and green spaces before and alongside high quality new homes.
Cabinet members approved recommendations for the County Council, along with Colchester Borough Council, Braintree District Council and Tendring District Council to create an overarching body, to be known as North Essex Garden Communities Limited (NEGC), which will coordinate the development of the new settlements, subject to local planning processes.
Cllr John Spence, Cabinet Member for Finance, Housing and Planning, said: “We fully endorse the work of Braintree, Colchester and Tendring Councils to bring forward plans to be considered. At this stage they are of course just outlines and we need to determine if each scheme is viable, but the benefits are great.
“Through creating garden communities we have the opportunity to control the timing and quality of development, ensuring the right infrastructure is in place, not just roads, but also schools and health, and that this is synchronised with the housing development.”