Marks Tey Parish Neighbourhood Plan
Neighbourhood Plan designated area is the Parish Council boundary click here for plan
With so much change being talked about, Marks Tey Parish Council decided to form a Marks Tey Parish Neighbourhood Plan to try to influence that change, to include the whole of the parish of Marks Tey and its various communities. A Neighbourhood Plan works along side the new draft Colchester Borough Council 2019-33 Local Plan. The Neighbourhood Plan identifies evidences and helps to plan and deliver community priorities in the locality and, once adopted, is legally binding on any affected planning applications. For further information on any of the items click on the blue underlined lettering.
What is happening on the Neigbourhood Plan
This section indicates what is being produced before going on further down the page to say how it is produced. It references current, draft, and changing work. Please check back often to get uptodate and corrected information.
A Vision Statement and a set of Objectives have been formed. For details Click here
The Steering Committee has formed 6 Focus Groups: Economy, Environment,Getting Around, Heritage, Housing to work on the information and views you have given in your questionnaires and interviews and to turn these into Neighbourhood Plan Policies. Detailed information will be available by clicking on the blue underlined Group heading as they become available.
We are also undertaking a Character Assessment of the Parish. This again is in development. Click on the blue lettering for current information.
This Charater Assesment has been divided into 5 areas and maps have been prepared to show key information and your favoured views
Roman River Map (North Lane, Church Lane, and Brickworks)
Marks Tey Old Village Map (Old London Road, London Road, shops)
Consultants, OutDesign, have been provided to undertakeMaster Planning options.
How a Neighbourhood Plan Works
To be adopted a Neighbourhood Plan has to seek and evidence community needs and views, detail the character of the area, and set proposals for how this will develop during the term of the Local Plan i.e. till
2033. Once a draft Plan has been formed, every household in the Parish will be contacted, and the Borough Council will hold a referendum on the proposals which if approved by
Producing a Neighbourhood Plan
To produce this, Marks Tey Parish Council formed a volunteer Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group from the community and Parish Council to investigate needs, liaise with the community, and act as an advisory group to Marks Tey Parish Council on the Neighbourhood Plan. They meet approximately every two to four weeks at the Parish Hall. The Parish Council provides a budget for the Steering Group, which is supplemented by grants from the Government, to undertake its activities and pay for consultants to give technical expertise, assistance and advice with this. No money goes to the members of the Steering Group nor Parish Council who all work voluntarily.
Challenges and Influence
With the degree of change being proposed for our area, forming a Neighbourhood Plan is a great challenge as there are very few firm proposals and even less detail in the new Local Plan that we can work to. This has, however, made it even more essential to undertake the Neighbourhood Plan, and seek community views, in order to influence the ongoing larger planning debate. It is, however, unlikely that we will be able to conclude the Neighbourhood Plan until more detail and any supplementary documents for this area is settled within the Local Plan but we are actively working to form a draft Plan that can be modified as more wider planning detail is settled and are interacting with the Borough Council to influence the developing Plan based on what you have told us.
Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group Dates, Membership, and Steering Group Minutes
Contributing Your Views
A series of questionnaires and interactions with residents and businesses have been undertaken. To see more detail of what has been done and the results click here.
It is not too late to complete one of our questionnaires, give your views, or offer to help. If you would like further information please contact contact Allan Walker email@example.com or Ian Scott-Thompson firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit the facebook page MTNP
Neighbourhood Plan Progress Reports click here