Braintree District Council

Local Plan Review latest 

local plan review

The first phase of the Local Plan Review - the "Call for Sites" - has now taken place, where developers, landowners and others were invited to put forward suggested sites which might be suitable for development in the district.

We are now reviewing all the comments and site suggestions we received as part of this exercise. Every site is being assessed to determine whether they are suitable, available and achievable for development or designation within the updated Local Plan.

Share your views with us 

We are now launching our next round of engagement where you can share any ideas or suggestions of what you would like to be considered in the plan looking forward to 2041. 

This could include housing, employment, green spaces, transportation, infrastructure, community and education facilities, land you would like to see protected, or any other aspect of the community - in towns, surrounding villages and rural areas.

Your time to get involved

  • By email to
  • by post to: Planning Policy, Braintree District Council, Causeway House, Bocking End, Braintree, Essex CM7 9HB.

Next steps 

Comments will be considered by the council in preparing the draft Local Plan document ahead of further wider public consultation on the "Preferred Options" stage with residents, businesses and communities later this year, and further consultation in 2025. 

Keep updated

What's a Local Plan for?

We need a Local Plan to ensure future growth happens sustainably and development is properly planned.

The Local Plan serves as the strategic framework that guides where businesses and homes will be located, and protection of the green environment and heritage.

Our population is growing and people are living longer lives and therefore new homes and supporting infrastructure are needed in the Braintree district to support that growth. 

We have to make sure there are enough homes for young people, families and older residents. Having no growth is not an option, so the council creates the Local Plan to make sure development is properly planned. It’s not just about homes, but about creating jobs alongside new homes being built, infrastructure, open spaces, community facilities and protecting our environment.

Having a clear and up-to-date plan for managing growth makes sure the Braintree district remains a vibrant and attractive place to live, work, socialise and study.  

Why are you reviewing it?

The council’s current Local Plan is designed to run until 2033 but has to be reviewed and updated if necessary, at least every five years.

Braintree District Council adopted its current Local Plan in 2021 and must therefore start a review in order to complete it by 2025, submit to the planning inspectorate for examination in 2025 and adoption in 2026.

This review will take the plan up to 2041 from 2033. 

It’s a significant challenge to get a Local Plan prepared for submission by the current June deadline next year but it’s important that the Council keeps the plan up to date so that communities have certainty on where sustainable growth should happen, otherwise the Council will have less control when determining planning applications.

Current Local Plan timeline

Local Plan timeline

Keep updated on the Local Plan

We'll continue to share the latest Local Plan news and updates via this newsletter. 

You can also sign up to receive direct emails from our Planning team via our planning portal

12:46, 11 Jul 2024 by Claire Waters

Braintree District Council

Voting in the General Election this Thursday 4 July - what you need to know

Braintree District Council
general election

General election - what you need to know

You will be able to vote for your MP for the Braintree and Witham constituencies this Thursday 4 July 2024 at polling stations across the district.

Polling station

Your poll card will tell you where your designated polling station is to vote on the day.

You can also find out by entering your postcode on our website.

Polling stations will be open from 7am-10pm.

Don't forget photo ID

photo id elections

Remember you need to bring photo ID with you in order to vote at a polling station on 4 July.

You will only need to show one form of photo ID. It needs to be the original version, and not a photocopy or a digital version.

View full list of accepted photo ID

Postal votes

polling station election

If you have chosen to vote by post but you've run out of time to send it back to us by mail, you can also:

  • drop off your postal vote at our offices at Causeway House, Bocking End in Braintree
  • or at any polling station operating in your parliamentary constituency area by 10pm on 4 July. 

When you return a postal vote pack by hand, you must fill in a form for the pack to be accepted. This is a new requirement, so please don't drop off your envelope and leave as you may have done in the past, or your vote won't count.

The rules have also recently changed on how many postal votes can be handed in by a single person. An individual can return their own postal vote and up to five additional postal votes at this election from family, friends or neighbours.

Candidates and campaigners are not allowed to collect or return postal votes on electors’ behalf.

If you have not received your postal vote or it is lost or damaged

If you have a lost or damaged postal vote or concerned you have not received yours yet, the deadline for a replacement is 5pm on polling day. You will need to contact us by emailing or calling 01376 552525 in advance about any possible replacements.

We know some postal voters are concerned they have not yet received their UK Parliamentary general election ballot pack.

The last batch of postal votes were issued first class on Wednesday 26 June for anyone who applied for a postal vote between 1 June and the 19 June deadline.

Delivery sits with Royal Mail but due to the short notice for the General Election on 4 July, they have been working at capacity to deliver an anticipated 10 million postal votes across the UK.

We will continue to do our best to help postal voters in the days leading up to the poll and will hand deliver to anyone who has contacted us and told us they have not received theirs yet. 

Emergency proxy vote

You can no longer apply for a proxy vote for the General Election on 4 July. The deadline was 5pm on Wednesday 26 June.

If you missed the deadline you may be able to apply for an emergency proxy vote.

You have until 5pm on the day of the election to apply.

Apply here

Parliamentary boundary changes

The parliamentary boundary changes have come into place following the Boundary Commission’s 2023 Review of Parliamentary Constituency Boundaries in England.

6 wards within our district will now come under the Witham parliamentary constituency at the general election, these being:

  •        Cressing
  •        Colne Engaine
  •        Earls Colne
  •        Pebmarsh
  •        Stisted
  •        White Colne

2 wards within our district will now come under the Braintree parliamentary constituency at the general election, these being:

  •        Black Notley
  •        Braintree (Hill House)

You can view what parliamentary constituency your ward falls in on the Boundary Commission website.


You can find out the candidates standing in the General Election in the statement of persons nominated on our website:

You can visit the ‘Who Can I Vote For?’ website to find out more about candidates in your area.


We'll share the Braintree and Witham constituencies results on our website, as well as our Facebook and X (formerly Twitter) channels.

If you have any questions that have not been covered in this email, take a look at our election page on our website, which have more information and contact details if you need to get in touch.

08:47, 02 Jul 2024 by Claire Waters

Essex County Council

Draft Essex Cycle Strategy - public consultation runs till 7th July

All information and survey here

Essex County Council is consulting on its draft Essex Cycling Strategy. The draft strategy sets out the council’s vision – to see more people, of all abilities, ages and background, cycling in Essex more safely and more frequently.It also outlines six key cycling outcomes the Council wants to achieve and the actions it has planned to help achieve them. The Council now wants to hear the views of Essex residents on the draft strategy before a final version is agreed and published.

Find out more about the strategy and have your say by Sunday 7 July 2024

09:29, 26 Jun 2024 by Claire Waters

Braintree District Council

Mini climate warriors at De Vere School help reduce plastic use

The De Vere School refill station staffed by children

The brilliant Eco Club at De Vere Primary School in Castle Hedingham is helping families to cut down on plastic waste with a monthly refill station.

Now when parents and carers collect their kids, they can also pick up a range of household products like fabric conditioner, hand soap and washing up liquid from the de VeRefill Station.

Run by the keen green pupils, the shop has already proved a hit and sold almost £170 worth of products since its launch in February. Together with the other schools across Essex taking part, the refill stations have saved a total of 1000 singe use plastic bottles from being bought!

As well as helping the school community to cut down on single use plastics, the project is a Pupils Profit Initiative, helping with arithmetic and business skills.

The refill station will be selling at de Vere’s Summer Fayre on Friday 21 June, giving anyone who hasn’t already checked it out the ideal opportunity to fill up! 

10:29, 21 Jun 2024 by Claire Waters

Essex County Council

How Multiply in Essex can help you build your life skills for a better future

£7.9 million programme offers free courses to help residents improve their number skills.

Educational programme Multiply is helping change lives in Essex by offering free courses to help residents improve their number skills.

The programme aims to empower residents aged 19 and over by helping them build new life skills, improving their personal and professional lives.

Free Multiply courses can help people advance their career, manage their money, help their child with homework or just feel more confident working with numbers.

Since the programme launched in January 2023, more than 5,000 Essex residents have benefitted from a course through Multiply.

Courses can help residents build a better future by giving them the skills needed embrace new opportunities.

To learn more about Multiply and find a course, visit:

Read more about how Multiply is benefitting residents in Essex.

10:53, 20 Jun 2024 by Claire Waters