Planning Policy

Following its decision to withdraw the New Local Plan 2016 on 29th March 2017, the Council will continue to use the 1998 Adopted Local Plan as amended and saved by the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government in 2007, together with a number of non-statutory Supplementary Planning Documents.

In June 2018, the Council resolved to prepare a new Local Plan, and approved a timetable for both a Joint Strategic Plan for South Essex, and the new Local Plan 2018.

A Special Council Meeting was held in November 2018, whereby the Council resolved to not proceed with the Pre-Publication Local Plan. As a result of this meeting the Council are in discussions with the Minstry of Housing, Communities and Local Government in regards to the next steps.