About us

North Essex Garden Communities Ltd was set up in 2017 to take forward proposals for three new garden communities across North Essex built to Garden City Principles.

The company is jointly owned by Braintree District Council, Tendring District Council, Colchester Borough Council and Essex County Councils, with each authority taking one place on the company board.

The Chairman of the company is Essex County Councillor John Spence CBE

For more information on the NEGC board or governance arrangements then contact us.

The story so far

In 2015 the Government invited proposals for new ‘garden developments’ across the UK as a way of tackling the housing crisis.

Recognising the opportunity to provide housing in a different way and the increasing impact of piecemeal housing tagged onto existing villages, Braintree, Colchester and Tendring Councils along with Essex County Council joined together to put forward plans for three new settlements built to Garden City Principles.

Committing to an ‘infrastructure led’ approach, the plans would see the councils take control of the land enabling them to ‘capture’ the increase in land value to then invest back into the community – a model which while not often seen in the UK has proved successful in a number of newly created communities around the world. 

In practice this means the Councils decide what gets built where and at what rate, so will be able to ensure new roads, schools, health and leisure facilities etc are all built ahead of or alongside the homes – traditionally with developer-led development this has not been possible.

Equally the Councils will have control over how much green spaces to put into the development and how to best utilise the latest technologies such as autonomous vehicles and ultrafast broadband, and the facilities and infrastructure needed to support business.

 

West of Braintree

West of Braintree could deliver up to 10,000 homes. It is predominantly rural and sited on farmland.

On the Uttlesford border it benefits from proximity to Stansted Airport and the M11.

West of Colchester

West of Colchester on the border of Colchester and Braintree is the largest proposed development.

Located off the A120 / A12 the proposed site could deliver up to 24,000 homes

East of Colchester

East of Colchester, on the border of Colchester and Tendring, could deliver up to 9,000 homes.

The nearby University of Essex is one of the UK’s fastest growing universities in the country.

A detailed plan for each of the sites will be created

What happens next?

As the programme moves forward, a detailed plan for each of the three sites will be created.

This will narrow down the areas highlighted in the map to show the exact footprint of each development. It will set out in more detail where and what type of development there should be and look to draw out the unique needs of each of the three communities.

The views and input of residents, businesses as well as many other partners, services and stakeholders will be vital as this progresses, and there will be periods of engagement and consultation to support this.

What happens next?

As the programme moves forward, a detailed plan for each of the three sites will be created.

This will narrow down the areas highlighted in the map to show the exact footprint of each development. It will set out in more detail where and what type of development there should be and look to draw out the unique needs of each of the three communities.

The views and input of residents, businesses as well as many other partners, services and stakeholders will be vital as this progresses, and there will be periods of engagement and consultation to support this.