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Blog post – A visit to Middleton de Keynes

Milton Keynes is perhaps the best known of Britain’s post-war new towns and indeed the scale of its ambition and its unique identity have done much to raise its profile in the nation’s psyche. Of course Milton Keynes is of its time and aspects of its design including...

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Letter – Garden Communities the right approach

Over the last few months there has been a great deal of speculation about the North Essex Garden Community proposals following the Planning Inspector’s letters published in June. Since that point, it has been important for us to both understand in more detail the...

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Councils set out Garden Community proposal timeline

Proposals to create new Garden Community developments across North Essex could go before the Government Planning Inspector next year. Writing to the Inspector following an agreement to continue work on the proposals, Braintree, Colchester and Tendring Councils have...

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Call to invest in North Essex

Councils, business and higher education organisations are set to join forces this month to promote North Essex at MIPIM UK, the country's largest annual property and investment event. The partnership of Braintree, Colchester, Essex, Tendring and Uttlesford Councils,...

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Blog Post – Thoughts on Poundbury

Council officers and councillors accompanied by the NEGC team, recently visited Poundbury in West Dorset to learn from the experiences of the Duchy of Cornwall in developing an urban extension to Dorchester. Poundbury has a prominent reputation amongst planning and...

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NEGC featured on BBC’s Inside Out

The North Essex Garden Community proposals featured on this week's edition of the BBC's Inside Out programme Since filming earlier in the summer the three councils of Tendring, Colchester and Braintree have carefully considered the questions raised by the Planning...

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Braintree to continue Garden Community work

This week I confirmed at our Full Council meeting that Braintree District Council would be continuing to support the proposals for three new Garden Community developments across North Essex, to help meet the significant housing and infrastructure needs for our region....

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John Spence Gazette Column 19th July

Over the past few weeks there has been much discussion about the North Essex Garden Communities. These are the three new garden communities that Braintree, Colchester and Tendring Councils, along with Essex County Council, have proposed to help meet the long-term...

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NEGC Ltd AGM

NEGC Ltd held its first AGM on Monday 16th July to look at items pertaining to company 2017-18 financial statements and statutory matters. Members of the public were invited to attend the AGM and submit questions for consideration. A full set of questions submitted...

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Think Tank backs Garden Community approach to providing housing

Garden Community approach backed in a new report authored by Neil O’Brien OBE MP, former Policy Advisor to Theresa May The report Green, Pleasant and Affordable published by Think Tank Onward sets out the need to move away from a piecemeal approach to housing, instead...

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