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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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Innovation day discussions

Innovation is the key to success in the 21st century. Innovation is about doing new things, doing things in a new way or creating the platform for others to bring new ideas to fruition. We usually think of innovation in relation to goods and services, but earlier this...

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Planned settlements – Looking back, Moving forward

The Town and Country Planning Association (TCPA) recently held a conference on ‘New Towns – the next 70 years’ to explore the experiences of the original Garden Cities and New Towns so that important lessons could be learnt and applied to the next generation of Garden...

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A generation of hidden homeless?

We must act or risk creating a generation of hidden homeless By 2050 it is estimated that North Essex will grow by some 190,000 people. We are living longer, we are staying in our homes for longer, we are having more children, and yes people migrate to North Essex...

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Garden Communities: An exciting opportunity for business

You may have read about proposals to create three new ‘Garden Communities’ across North Essex over the next 30+ years. A joint project between Braintree and Tendring District, Colchester Borough and Essex County Councils, they have stemmed from the need for a new way...

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Garden Communities – Not just housing

This last week the University of Essex in Colchester held an event looking at the future of housing, and specifically the future we want from Garden Communities. Obviously this is something in which the university has a vested interest and a key role to play, with the...

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