North Essex Garden Communities Ltd was set up in 2017 to take forward proposals for three new garden communities across North Essex, taking forward the Garden City idea for the 21 Century.
NEGC Ltd is owned by Braintree District Council, Tendring District Council, Colchester Borough Council and Essex County Council with each having one place on the company board. The Chairman of the board is Essex County Council representative John Spence CBE. In September 2017 the board appointed Richard Bayley as Managing Director of NEGC
Creating three new communities across North Essex
Committing to an ‘infrastructure led’ approach, the councils, through NEGC, will have an active role in how the developments are planned, taking on the role traditionally played by a master developer and looking to ‘capture’ the increase in land value to then invest back into the community.
Taking an increased stake in how the land is managed gives further control over the things that matted – speed of build, phasing, design, type of housing and ensuring the services and required infrastructure are in place at the right point.
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.
Recognising the opportunity to provide housing in a new and different way while also supporting the wider economic growth of the area 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.
The three sites based west of Braintree, on the Braintree / Colchester border and on the Colchester / Tendring border could deliver up to 43,000 new homes along the North Essex A120 corridor with significant employment opportunities and transformational new infrastructure over the next 50 years.
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.
Colchester Braintree Borders
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
Tendring Colchester Borders
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.