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A new Local Plan to guide development in Tendring up to 2033 has been formally adopted by Tendring District Council (TDC).

A strategic blueprint document setting out how development should take place across the district for the future and protecting it against harmful and speculative development, a Local Plan also enshrines a number of policies used to determine planning applications.

The second and final section of Tendring’s Local Plan was unanimously approved and adopted by councillors at a full council meeting last night (Tuesday, 25 January).

This follows on from the adoption of the first section of the Local Plan for the wider North Essex area in 2021, and a report from government Planning Inspectors endorsing the Tendring-specific Section Two as being legally compliant and ‘sound’, in line with national guidelines.

Neil Stock OBE, TDC Leader and Cabinet Member for Planning, said the final adoption was fantastic news.

“Having an up-to-date Local Plan is critical for the future of an area, allowing a strategic shape to be given to development to ensure it happens in a controlled and sustainable way,” Cllr Stock said.

“The Local Plan underpins not only planning, but economic growth, our natural environment, and so much more; shaping where we work, spend leisure time and everything else in-between.

“My thanks go to our planning team for their continued hard work, and all residents, businesses and other interest parties for their participation in what has been a long process to get us to this point.”

Cllr Nick Turner, Chairman of the Planning Policy and Local Plan Committee, added: “To get this unanimous support is humbling, and I thank all present and past members, we well as our officers for their contributions, ideas and diligence.

“This plan is robust, and is already showing its worth in the latest appeal decisions. It will serve all of us, and most importantly the residents of Tendring, well.”

Section One of the Local Plan, submitted jointly by TDC along with Colchester Borough Council and Braintree District Council and looking at strategic planning matters, has already been examined and approved – and was adopted by TDC one year ago today (26 January 2021).

Section Two, unique to Tendring, provides more detail on where housing and other development will take place within the district.

It was the subject of public consultation in 2015, 2016 and 2016, an online two-week examination by the Planning Inspectorate in 2021, followed by a final consultation on the Inspectors’ recommended modifications.

In November 2021 the Inspectors confirmed the Plan is legally compliant and sound and, with their recommended changes, could be formally adopted by TDC.

The new Local Plan now supersedes, in full, the council’s last Local Plan adopted in 2007