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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Tendring District's Local Plan was adopted in 2007 but aspects of this are considered to be out of date and not in accordance with national planning policy.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

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. 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.

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.

Adopted Section 1

Tendring District Council, by decision at the meeting of Full Council on Tuesday 26 January 2021, has formally adopted the Tendring District Local Plan 2013-2033 and Beyond: North Essex Authorities’ Shared Strategic Section 1 Plan.

Further information about the Section 1 examination can be found on the Braintree District Council website.

Section 2

Information regarding the examination of Section 2, and all up-to-date evidence, is available on the dedicated Section 2 Examination pages.

A copy of the Tendring District Local Plan 2013-2033 and Beyond Publication Draft and all supporting documents submitted in 2017 are available on our Local Plan Submission documents page.


A 6-week public consultation on the Main Modifications and associated documents opened on 16th July 2021 and closed at 5pm on 31st August 2021.

All representations received during the consultation have been forwarded to the Inspectors, who will take them into account in coming to their final recommendations on legal compliance and soundness of the Section 2 Local Plan and the modifications that will need to be made to the Plan before the Council can proceed to its formal adoption.

Previous Consultations


A Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment (SHLAA) is an essential part of the ‘evidence base’ that is needed to inform and underpin decisions on allocating sites for housing in Local Plans. The primary purposes of the SHLAA are to:

  • identify sites and broad locations with potential for housing development;
  • assess their housing potential; and
  • assess their suitability for development and the likelihood of development coming forward.

The most recent SHLAA was published in October 2021.

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, 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: 26/10/2021 - 10:46