Garden Community FAQs

We have listed some frequently asked questions below. To view an answer just click on the question.

Who is behind the Garden Community?

Colchester Borough Council, Tendring District Council, Braintree District Council and Essex County Council have joined together.

The North Essex Garden Communities is the body that has been created to oversee the creation of three Garden Communities in Essex: Braintree, West Tey and the proposal for the Tendring border close to Wivenhoe.

Tendring District Council covers right up to and including a part of our green buffer. It wants to dump its government housing numbers on Colchester.

Colchester Borough Council has been meeting with Tendring District Council and discussing the allocation of the land. CBC has IGNORED everything local stakeholders have requested.

Whilst Tendring District Council are the real bad guys here, we feel very let down by Colchester Borough Council who seem happy to allow us to be subsumed into Colchester.

What is the Garden Community?

Up to 9,000 houses to be built over the next thirty years in the eastern Garden Village alone. There will be limited infrastructure, transport provision and additional stress on our hospitals and schools. Most of the homes will not be aimed at local need.

Where will it be located?

The development will be on land to the north of the A133 and will extend west to the Salary Brook Country Park, north to the A120 and east to the new A120 – A133 link road. The southern limit is less certain.

The initial concept plans suggested that the Garden Community would cross the A133 at Elmstead Market and be within 500m of Wivenhoe. There has been intense public opposition to this. Several councillors have stated their opposition to housing south of the A133, but the response from the Councils has been ambiguous at best.

The NEGC web site states “The Councils have been clear that new housing will not be located south of the A133. The only development proposed south of the A133 is the growth of the University and a park and ride facility – although the concept plan is only a first iteration and feedback provided through the previous consultation will influence the next iteration of the plan.”

Why is this being proposed?

Because Tendring District Council wants to build next to Colchester rather than outside of Clacton or Weeley. There are many better sites to create a distinct town within Tendring that have been rejected by Tendring District Council.

Colchester Borough Council will be looking to benefit financially out of the deal.

What is the timeline?

The Issues and Options consultation ran until 2nd February 2018. The Councils are currently putting the responses onto their joint web site. Colchester Council has reported that there were over 1,000 responses.

The next stage is for the Councils to analyse the consultation responses and to prepare a Preferred Options Plan. That plan will then be subject to a Preferred Options consultation, which is likely to take place in Summer/Autumn 2018.

Colchester Borough Council’s emerging Local Plan has recently been subjected to a public examination. It includes the two Garden Communities to the east and west of Colchester. The Examiner is expected to release his report by the end of April. We do not know how the Councils will respond if the Examiner rejects some or all of the Garden Community proposals, or what effect that will have on the timeline.

The Issues and Options consultation document suggests that delivery could start as early as Summer 2019. The NEGC web site states “It is likely that development could commence on one of the sites around 2021”.

How can I support Hands Off Wivenhoe?

There are several ways to support us:

  • Attend our regular meetings.
  • Join in our campaign activities.
  • Fund us.

For the first two options please send us a message using the Contact Form. We will get back to you with the date and location of our next meeting or campaign activity.

The easiest way to fund Hands Off Wivenhoe is to use our Crowd Funding page on JustGiving. To visit the page, please click the Fund Us button above. Donations of any size will be very welcome.

If you wish to donate in another way, please send us a message using the Contact Form. One of our volunteers will get back to you to progress the matter.

What happens if Hands Off Wivenhoe closes down?

In the unlikely event of Hands Off Wivenhoe closing down, we have decided to donate all surplus funds to the Wivenhoe Mayor’s Charity Fund. We believe this is the right thing to do, as it will ensure those funds benefit the Wivenhoe community.

If you have any other questions, please contact us.

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