Rayne Parish Council's reply to the invite to the workshop

Dear Christopher,

After discussing with my councillors at Rayne Parish Council, it was decided that I will not be present at the fore mentioned workshop.

As a neighbouring Parish, we are wholly opposed to one of your proposed Garden Communities. We cannot justify how or why these workshops are taking place now?

Statement by Kelvedon Parish Council

NEGC Ltd (the company tasked with delivering the proposed garden communities) have arranged a workshop for stakeholders, such as Parish Councils, to discuss what they’d like to see from garden communities. This meeting is due to take place on Thursday 24th October.

As Chairman of Kelvedon Parish Council, I was invited to attend.  However, with the agreement of a majority of the other councillors, I have declined the invitation and I have stated my reasons for doing so in that correspondence and they are outlined below.

Read the rest of the statement on the Kelvedon Parish Council website

NEGC Facebook posts run contrary to submitted plans

The following is a comment made by the NEGC on their Facebook page. It's interesting that they speak of providing infrastructure alongside new homes, when this, in fact,  has been one of the greatest concerns of the lcoal community... there is a distinct lack of suitable infrastructure detailed in the submitted documents.

NEGC Ltd letter to UDC Planning Inspectors

A major assumption by the NEGC is that the local plan will be adopted BEFORE talking to the local community and statutory bodies. This is not the correct planning process.

The local plan is adopted only AFTER there has been a public consultation with locals and statutory bodies and if the planning inspector agrees to the plans? So why are we having just 3 'public engagement' days by the NEGC now? The public consultation period has finished and the planning inspector has yet to approve the plans.

The following except is from a letter to UDC from NEGC. 

'Following the adoption of both the Braintree District Local Plan and the Uttlesford District Local Plan, an extensive masterplanning and development plan document process will take place which will offer further opportunity for detailed discussions with local communities including Andrewsfield Airfield; statutory bodies (including Historic England); and infrastructure providers .'to ensure the Garden Community is a sustainable, high quality and prosperous new settlement.'

The full letter can be read and downloaded here.

MD of NEGC to speak at the Built Environment Conference

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NEGC creates sub companies for each individual garden community

On 13th December 2016 - Essex Cabinet Meeting recorded in the minutes the following:

Report title: Participation in the North Essex Garden Communities Project - Give governance and decision on the principle of funding

Read key points and editors notes below.

Who owns our Councils and what are they trying to hide?

 Can anyone provide the community with an explanation for this document?

Below you will find a link and a screenshot, for a report created by Price Waterhouse Cooper for Colchester Borough Council (CBC) for the purpose of providing CBC with commercial and financial advisory services in relation to the North Essex Garden Communities.

As you will see, it is heavily redacted. How is this legal?

Alarm Bells ring after redacted letter on New Towns unveiled

Serious questions are being raised over what appears to be secrecy surrounding a key document concerning the proposed New Towns. The New Town plans by the Labour and Lib Dem controlled Town Hall will see over 30,000 homes built East and West of Colchester.

Colchester Conservatives have raised concerns over a letter from consultants, PWC, which was commissioned for a believed £50,000 of taxpayer money but was only offered in a redacted form to elected Members of Colchester Borough Council. Only pressure from the Conservatives led to Members being able to see this key document but only after making an appointment with officers. Even then they are not allowed to take pictures, make notes or take any part of the document away.

See the redacted document here

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