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Adopted Local Plan

Tendring District's Local Plan was adopted in 2007 but aspects of this are considered to be out of date and not in accordance with national planning policy. Until we formally adopt a new Local Plan, the planning policy situation is complex. Elements of the 2007 adopted Local Plan will remain in force and will be used in determining planning applications, where relevant. However, as the new Local Plan progresses it will begin to have more "weight" in the planning process in deciding planning applications and guiding new development across our District, alongside other 'material considerations', including national planning policy. The level of "weight" we can attach to the Adopted 2007 Plan and new Local Plan will vary so if you are thinking of submitting a planning application, you are strongly advised to discuss proposals with us beforehand (see Advice Before Making an Application for more information).

2007 Adopted Local Plan Maps

Inspectors Report - 2007 Adopted Local Plan

Emerging Local Plan

January 2020

The Local Plan Section 1 Public Examination resumes on 14th January 2020. The agenda for the Examination can be viewed on the Braintree District Council website.

A live audio stream and recordings of each session can be accessed here.

Submission of the Local Plan

On 9 October 2017 Tendring District Council, along with Braintree and Colchester Councils, submitted their Local Plans and accompanying documents to the Planning Inspectorate.

Due to strategic cross-boundary policies and allocations, Tendring, Braintree and Colchester’s Local Plan share an identical Section 1. As a result of this, Section 1 was considered through a joint examination in public. Examination in Public of Section 1 took place from 16 January 2018 at the Weston Homes Community Stadium, United Way, Colchester, CO4 5UP. The timetable can be viewed on our Local Plan Public Examination page. 

Tendring specific policies and allocations can be found within Section 2 of the Local Plan, this will be considered through a later separate examination.

In accordance with Regulation 22 of the Town and Country Planning (Local Planning) (England) Regulations 2012, documents were submitted to the Planning Inspectorate to support the examination of the entire Plan.

Braintree District Council website holds all of the information for the Section 1 examination.

A copy of the Tendring District Local Plan 2013-2033 and Beyond Publication Draft and all supporting information for the examination of Section 2 is available on our Local Plan Submission documents page

Paper copies of the Plan, the Policies Maps together with access to the online examination documents are available at the Council Offices in Weeley, the Town Hall in Clacton and all libraries across the District. The Planning Inspectorate appointed Mr Roger Clews BA MSc DipEd DipTP MRTPI to conduct the examination, to determine whether the North Essex Authorities' Joint Strategic (Section 1) Plan is sound. His role includes setting the programme for the examination in public, identifying matters/issues and the need for any public hearing sessions. 

Andrea Copsey has been appointed as independent Programme Officer. The Programme Officer can be contacted on 07842 643988, or by email, or via post at Examination Office, PO Box 12607, Clacton-on-Sea, CO15 9GN.

Current Consultations

Background to the consultation

The Section 1 Local Plan Examination began in October 2017, and hearing sessions were held in January and May 2018. All the Examination documents are available on the Examination web page.

After considering all the evidence and representations and the discussion at the hearing sessions, the Inspector wrote to the North Essex Authorities (NEAs) on 8 June 2018 (see Examination document IED/011).  In his letter the Inspector identified those aspects of the Section 1 Local Plan and its evidence base which he considered required significant further work on the part of the NEAs.  In that context the Inspector set out options for the NEAs to consider in determining its next steps in their Local Plan preparation.

Of these options the NEAs chose to pause the Examination and carry out the necessary further work on the evidence base and Sustainability Appraisal, and to bring forward any resulting revised strategic proposals, for the Section 1 Local Plan examination to consider. On 10 December 2018 the Inspector announced a pause in the Examination to enable this further work to take place (see Examination document IED/015).

North Essex Local Plan Technical Consultation

The NEAs are now carrying out a public consultation on the Additional Sustainability Appraisal, additional evidence base documents and the suggested amendments to the Section 1 Local Plan. These are the documents which have been prepared in response to the Inspector’s 8 June 2018 letter (see Examination document IED/011). The consultation will run from 19 August to 30 September 2019.  Anyone may submit comments, whether or not they have previously been involved in the Section 1 Local Plan Examination.

What will happen after the consultation?

After the public consultation has finished, the Examination of the Section 1 Local Plan will resume.  The additional documents produced by the NEAs and all the comments that have been made on them will be forwarded to the Inspector who will consider them alongside all the other evidence and representations already submitted on the Section 1 Local Plan.

Following this the Inspector will arrange further hearing sessions as part of the Examination.  They will focus mainly on those aspects of the Section 1 Local Plan and its evidence base which the Inspector identified as requiring significant further work and any matters raised by the representations arising from this consultation.  However, they may include other topics as necessary to inform his assessment of the soundness and legal compliance of the Section 1 Local Plan, as determined by the Inspector.

Those submitting comments during the public consultation will be able to indicate if they wish to take part in the further hearing sessions.  The Inspector may invite others to take part if doing so would assist him in assessing the soundness and legal compliance of the Section 1 Local Plan.

The Inspector will fix the dates for the further hearing sessions after he has received and considered the additional documents produced by the NEAs and the comments made on them.  As was the case for the previous hearing sessions, the Inspector will prepare a list of matters, issues and questions to focus discussion at the hearings, along with a guidance note to explain the procedure and the arrangements for submitting hearing statements.

At the end of the Examination the Inspector will produce a report for the NEAs setting out his conclusions and recommendations, including any recommended main modifications to the Section 1 Local Plan.  Any main modifications which the Inspector may consider recommending will be the subject of further public consultation before the completion of his report.

Where can you find out more about the consultation?

The NEAs have created a dedicated online consultation portal which can be accessed via the following address: On the portal you can find out more information about the documents subject to the North Essex Local Plan Technical Consultation and how to make representations to the NEAs on them.

The NEAs have also placed copies of the consultation documents in the main libraries within their districts to ensure that those without internet access can respond to the consultation.

Please ensure you read the NEAs’ Guidance Notes and the Inspector’s Explanatory Note before responding to the consultation. Please note that you do not need to respond to each local authority – a single response either through the online consultation portal or via other means to one local authority (Braintree District Council, Tendring District Council or Colchester Borough Council) will be sufficient to ensure your consultation is properly submitted.

Previous Consultations

Sustainability Appraisal Methodology Consultation 14 December 2018 to 1 February 2019. 

This consultation related to additional Sustainability Appraisal work being carried out in support of the Section 1 Local Plan.

North Essex Garden Communities Issues and Options Consultation 13 November 2017 to 2 February 2018 (consultation extended from 22 January)

For further details please click on this link North Essex Garden Communities Issues and Options Consultation.

Tendring District Council Publication Draft Local Plan Consultation - 16 June 2017 to 28 July 2017

The new Local Plan will guide future development in the Tendring area and is critical for creating new job opportunities, attracting investment in new and improved infrastructure, protecting the environment and ensuring that new homes are built in the right locations and achieve the right standards of quality and design.

This Plan covers a broad range of local policies that will guide decisions on planning applications and development in the District up to 2033 and beyond.  This will replace the policies in the adopted Tendring District Local Plan (2007). View the Tendring District Local Plan 2013-2033 and Beyond Publication Draft here.

Publication Draft Local Plan Maps










Gt Bentley

Gt Bromley

Gt Holland

Gt Oakley


Kirby le Soken

Little Bentley

Little Bromley

Little Clacton

Little Oakley

Manningtree, Lawford and Mistley


St Osyth

Tendring Colchester Borders Garden Community


Thorpe le Soken

Thorpe Station and Thorpe Maltings


Weeley Heath




Tendring District Local Plan Preferred Options Consultation - 14 July 2016 to 8 September 2016

Results of the consultation were reported to the Local Plan Committee on 3 November 2016.

You can view the Tendring District Local Plan 2013-2033 and Beyond Preferred Options Consultation Document here

Tendring Location Map

Policies Map 1 - West Tendring

Policies Map 2 - South East Tendring

Policies Map 3 - North East Tendring

Policies Map Key

A significant number of representations were received from members of the public and key stakeholders, copies of those received by post or email can be found below.  For representations submitted via the Objective web portal, these can be accessed here

Business, Landowners and Developers Representations Part 1

Business, Landowners and Developers Representations Part 2 (Link 1); (Link 2); (Link 3); (Link 4)

Community Representations - Part 1

Community Representations - Part 2

Members of the Public Representations - Part 1

Members of the Public Representations Part 2 (Link 1); (Link 2); (Link 3); (Link 4); (Link 5)

Technical Stakeholder Representations - Part 1

Technical Stakeholders Representations - Part 2

Sustainability Appraisal and Strategic Environmental Assessments - Strategic Part 1 Local Plans Consultation

We also consulted on the sustainability appraisal and strategic environmental assessments between 8 August 2016 and 19 September 2016 for Part 1 and from 28 August 2016 and 10 October 2016 for Part 2.  View more information about the sustainability consultation here.

Tendring District Local Plan Issues and Options Consultation (2015)

We consulted on the Issues and Options setting out different issues and options for future development in the district up to 2033.  The consultation exercise took place for six weeks between 1 September 2015 to 13 October 2015.

A significant number of representations were received from members of the public and key stakeholders, these representations can be found below:

Business, Landowners and Developers Representations - Part 1

Business, Landowners and Developers Representations - Part 2

Community Representations - Part 1

Community Representations - Part 2

Members of the Public Representations

Technical Stakeholders Representations

The Sustainability Appraisal Scoping report is also available to view.

Where can I get more information?

For more information about our Local Plan or the plan preparation process, or if have any difficulties viewing any of the documents above, please contact us at or ring 01255 686177. For more detailed information and guidance on the national planning system and the Government's planning policies, please visit the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government website and

Last updated on: 27/08/2020 - 09:49