Tendring Colchester Borders Garden Community Development Plan Document: Examination Overview

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The Tendring Colchester Borders Garden Community addresses the long term need for new housing in our area, in a strategic way. The Garden Community was included in the shared Section 1 Local Plans for Tendring District Council and Colchester City Council adopted by the Councils in 2021. The shared Section 1 required a further Plan (Development Plan Document) to be prepared by the Councils to set out additional planning policies for the site, include identifying where certain land uses are being proposed.

The Councils have now prepared the Tendring Colchester Borders Garden Community Development Plan Document (DPD). This has been informed by a wide range of evidence base documents and been subject to two formal periods of consultation.

The DPD along with other publication and submission documents have now been submitted to the Secretary of State for independent 'Examination in Public' by a Planning Inspector.

Latest news related to the Examination process and timetable will be published on the 'Latest news' page. All the relevant documents can be found on the ‘Examination Library’ page.

What happens next

An independent Inspector from the Planning Inspectorate will review the Plan, its supporting evidence and the representations that have been made to date.

The Inspector will decide what issues need to be considered and who should be involved in any further discussions on the Plan. It is anticipated that the issues will be considered through Public Hearings, where interested parties will be invited by the Inspector to address a range of issues, matters and questions. These hearings will be open to anyone who wishes to attend and hear the discussion.

The Inspector will then make a final decision on whether the Plan meets soundness and legal compliance tests. The Inspector may advise the Councils on whether any modifications may be required to make the Plan sound and legally compliant.

The Planning Inspectorate has produced a helpful short video which explains the Examination process, available on YouTube or below:


For further information about the examination process see:

The Inspector

Inspector G Wyatt BA (Hons) MRTPI has been confirmed as the appointed Inspector.

Programme Officer

Ms Andrea Copsey has been appointed as the programme officer by the Council. Andrea is impartial and will work under the direction of the appointed Inspector. She will coordinate all communication between the parties to the Examination and the Inspector. Andrea will organise and manage the administrative side of the examination.

She is the point of contact for any questions about the examination, and all correspondence with the Inspector should be addressed through her.

Contact details:

Further information

View the following pages to find out more:

The Tendring Colchester Borders Garden Community addresses the long term need for new housing in our area, in a strategic way. The Garden Community was included in the shared Section 1 Local Plans for Tendring District Council and Colchester City Council adopted by the Councils in 2021. The shared Section 1 required a further Plan (Development Plan Document) to be prepared by the Councils to set out additional planning policies for the site, include identifying where certain land uses are being proposed.

The Councils have now prepared the Tendring Colchester Borders Garden Community Development Plan Document (DPD). This has been informed by a wide range of evidence base documents and been subject to two formal periods of consultation.

The DPD along with other publication and submission documents have now been submitted to the Secretary of State for independent 'Examination in Public' by a Planning Inspector.

Latest news related to the Examination process and timetable will be published on the 'Latest news' page. All the relevant documents can be found on the ‘Examination Library’ page.

What happens next

An independent Inspector from the Planning Inspectorate will review the Plan, its supporting evidence and the representations that have been made to date.

The Inspector will decide what issues need to be considered and who should be involved in any further discussions on the Plan. It is anticipated that the issues will be considered through Public Hearings, where interested parties will be invited by the Inspector to address a range of issues, matters and questions. These hearings will be open to anyone who wishes to attend and hear the discussion.

The Inspector will then make a final decision on whether the Plan meets soundness and legal compliance tests. The Inspector may advise the Councils on whether any modifications may be required to make the Plan sound and legally compliant.

The Planning Inspectorate has produced a helpful short video which explains the Examination process, available on YouTube or below:


For further information about the examination process see:

The Inspector

Inspector G Wyatt BA (Hons) MRTPI has been confirmed as the appointed Inspector.

Programme Officer

Ms Andrea Copsey has been appointed as the programme officer by the Council. Andrea is impartial and will work under the direction of the appointed Inspector. She will coordinate all communication between the parties to the Examination and the Inspector. Andrea will organise and manage the administrative side of the examination.

She is the point of contact for any questions about the examination, and all correspondence with the Inspector should be addressed through her.

Contact details:

Further information

View the following pages to find out more:

Page last updated: 16 Oct 2023, 07:00 AM