Progress So Far

To date, our volunteers have:

  • Met with adjacent parishes to form a view on the new route of the proposed A120 and submitted a joint response: A120 Joint submission final signed copy
  • Worked with the developers of the Dutch Nursery site to improve their outline planning application to reflect the researched needs of the parish and:
    • retain as much of the ‘pony fields’ as possible as public open space with footpaths to the river;
    • retain the area next to the river as a ‘natural’ area with footpaths which will hopefully one day form part of a continuous walk along the river; 
    • commented on the built form and layout to incorporate a variety of types of housing, such as terraces to reflect the existing terraces along West Street, as well as detached houses and apartments which respond to the landform and adjacent settlement pattern.
  • Used the knowledge we have gained from our research and your comments from the ‘How Did That Happen?’ community consultation to put forward ideas to maintain and manage our public open spaces as part of Braintree 2017 Open Space Action Plan.
  • We are working with our Parish Council & neighbouring Parishes to exchange ideas and engage opinion on how best we can all use our Neighbourhood Plans to enhance the  future of our area.
  • Conducted a successful community consultation day at Coggeshall Village Hall, ‘How Did That Happen?’ (Nov 2016) 240 people attended and read our information boards and filled in our surveys. We had great support form local community groups who came along to show Coggeshall what they do for the parish.
  • Walked 20 plus miles of footpaths to survey our surrounding countryside.
  • Conducted a survey to assess housing needs for the next 15-20 years.
  • Surveyed Coggeshall’s business community to discover what they need to maintain and improve our local economy.
  • Undertaken a detailed character assessment of the village.
  • Obtained an Essex Wildlife Trust survey of Robins Brook to identify its flora and fauna.
  • Prepared an idea for the village centre to enhance its attractiveness.
  • Undertaken a assessment of our public open spaces.
  • Proposed Vicarage Field as a local green space – it was accepted!
  • Conducted a successful community consultation exercise at the Coggeshall Queens Day celebrations (June 2016)
  • Carried out a survey of all households in the Parish asking for their views to contribute towards the final Plan (May 2017)
  • Presented comments in support of refusal of planning permission for mixed use development on land north of West Street (May 2017)
  • Submitted a joint response with Neighbouring Parishes to the A120 consultation. March 2017
  • Constructed a successful community consultation exercise at the Coggeshall Community festival in which we presented our ‘big ideas’ which will become the aspirational policies of the plan. June 2017
  • Engaged The Landscape Partnership to carry out a Landscape Sensitivity & Capacity Appraisal in July 2017. This looked at the areas of land within the parish not previously analysed in a similar study commissioned by BDC in 2015.
  • Submitted comments on the draft Braintree Local Plan July 2017
  • Objected to the proposed ‘Bovis’ development of some 300 homes at Colchester Road. January 2018
  • Submitted a response to the Highways England study regarding pedestrian crossing of the A120. March 2018
  • Engaged the Landscape Partnership to help us write a Village Design Statement to accompany our plan.
  • Presented the CNP’s draft planning policies to an extraordinary meeting of the Parish Council on the 10th of May 2018