Throughout October and November NEGC Ltd has been running a series of workshops and exhibitions, encouraging a genuine dialogue with the public about Garden Communities. We are now giving people an opportunity to feedback online during December. 


Under the title, “Shaping Communities for Future Generations”, the aim has been to have a genuine dialogue with the public about what they would like to see Garden Communities deliver for them, their children and their children’s children. During the workshops and exhibitions, a series of themed boards have been displayed to encourage ideas and thoughts. The boards show examples from all over the world about innovative ideas for modern, and future, living.


Throughout December this engagement will continue with the opportunity to feedback online. The themed boards will be available on the NEGC Ltd website, along with a survey for people to have their say. The boards and survey can be seen at 


In addition to the online survey, two pop-up events will be taking place in December. The pop-up events will offer a summary of the proposed communities and will take place as follows:  


Sunday 8 December – Colchester Christmas Market, Colchester  

Wednesday 11 December – Braintree Market, Braintree   


NEGC Ltd Managing Director, Richard Bayley, said, “The conversations that have taken place so far have been valued and are vital for a project of this scale. For anyone unable to make one of the public exhibitions, or workshops, we are offering the chance to feedback online and I urge people to take up the opportunity. We need the thoughts and ideas of people to help shape these communities for our future generations. 


 “This first sequence of engagement is just the beginning. After this sequence we will prepare a range of options for discussion which we will bring back in the summer of 2020. In the meantime, we will be forming some new Community Liaison Groups, one for each garden community, early in 2020”.  


NEGC Ltd is the body tasked with taking the North Essex Garden Communities project forward.  It is wholly owned by, and works on behalf of, Essex County Council, Braintree District Council, Tendring District Council and Colchester Borough Council.  The delivery of the Garden Communities is subject to their being approved by an independent Planning Inspector.