Following a decision not to submit the Local Development Framework for inspection in the summer, Braintree District Council has started work on a new Local Plan, to provide a strategic vision for the growth of the District to 2033, setting out where new employment, homes and community facilities will be provided. Previously the plan was based on a requirement for around 342 new dwellings per year. This time around, the Local Plan will be based on a requirement for 750-950 new dwellings per year, which is a significant increase.
Currently, we don’t know what this will mean for Witham. In the recent Call for Sites, 18 sites were submitted, in and around Witham. Over 300 sites were submitted across the entire District, ranging in size from those able to accommodate a single home, to others where a whole new village may be created. There are also a number of proposals which will have to be considered jointly with neighbouring authorities. You can view all the sites on an interactive map at www.braintree.gov.uk/callforsites
Officers at Braintree District Council are now assessing all the sites before entering into discussions with local councillors, with the intention of a public consultation in the Autumn.