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Developer information

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

Essex Design Guide

Visit the Essex Design Guide (EDG) for contemporary socio-economic, environmental, and best practice guidance for planners and those interested in providing new housing developments.

Essex Planning Protocol

Together, local authorities, developers and infrastructure providers are vital to the delivery of quality, sustainable development. The Essex Planning Protocol (589KB PDF) is our shared commitment.

The protocol sets out four priorities that all planning authorities in Essex, as well as the County Planning Authority, have committed to.

Developers’ Guide to Infrastructure Contributions

The Developers’ Guide to Infrastructure Contributions (2.98MB PDF) provides details of the impacts that development may have on Essex County Council services and infrastructure. It gives guidance to developers on how section 106 agreements and the Community Infrastructure Levy may be used to secure work, finance and land to mitigate these impacts.

Community infrastructure pre-app enquiries and pre-app charges

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

Community infrastructure - pre-application enquiries form (61.6KB DOC)
Community infrastructure - pre-application advice process and charges (35.2KB DOC)

Highway advice including pre-app and guidance

Essex County Council provides pre-planning application services to developers wishing to understand issues related to highways and transportation infrastructure that may be raised by their proposals.

Request for highways and transportation advice form (58.1KB DOC)
Highways and transportation advice - guidance and charges (97.1KB PDF)

Section 106 agreement

Where development requires an impact to be mitigated using a section 106 agreement, developers are expected to use this Section 106 agreement template (68.6KB DOC) 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 Education site suitability checklist (88KB XLS) and should also be used to shape pre-application discussions regarding appropriate locations.

Highways and transportation policies

The Development Management policies (3.95MB PDF) 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 Essex Highway's 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 developments 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 Existing section 106 enquiry form (56.5KB XLS) 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 the Development Management team at Essex Highways:

Planning Performance Agreements (PPAs)

As part of its enhanced planning service, Essex County Council offers the opportunity for applicants to enter into a Planning Performance Agreement (PPA), which sits alongside the Council's existing pre-application advice service.

A PPA is a project management tool which allows all parties to agree timescales, actions and resources for handling planning applications. PPAs are usually agreed at the pre-application stage and relate to the whole development process, from pre-application planning advice and community engagement, to application progress meetings right through to the post decision stage.

PPAs can be used for any type of application but are most effective for major, large scale and complex planning applications. Please see Growth and Development section for more information.

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