Planning Inspector demolishes Braintree District Draft Local Plan                            

A letter over 30 pages long was sent to the councils which was published on 15th June. It had been rumoured that he would have criticisms, but few could have expected what is essentially a devastating demolition of Braintree DC's plans (alongside Colchester BC and Tendring DC with backing from Essex CC) for their three so-called Garden Communities strung out along the A120.

The Inspector reported that the councils had not demonstrated that the New Towns are even viable. He said they had not properly planned the sustainable transport for them (including moving Marks Tey station and how that could impact on the Sudbury branch line) and he said that it was not clear that the councils even had the best spatial strategy. He also had many more criticisms. 

You will find more information on this latest develpment in our monthly newsletter for June.


Meet Amelia Womack, Deputy-Leader of the Green Party, 12th of July

at Friends Meeting House, 114 Rainsford Road, Chelmsford from 19:30 - 21:30. The event is free to attend.

Amelia’s three years as Green Party deputy leader have seen her work across the country. 

She was elected in 2014 at the age of 29, while still a member of the Young Greens, and has used this platform to highlight problems affecting young people, from tuition fees to zero hour contracts.

She holds a BSc in Environmental Biology and MSc in Environmental Technology. She works across a wide range of social and environmental issues, with a particular focus on women’s rights, flooding, climate change and community resilience.


Green Drinks, 19th of July

We had another nice evening with interesting people and conversations at our Green Drinks get-together in June. Why not join us for the next one on Thursday, 19th of July at the usual location at Fowlers Farm in Braintree/Freeport at 7:30pm. Everybody is welcome as this is not an official Green Party meeting but a casual get-together for everybody who is interested in Green issues. If you are interested, contact Karin for more information or introduction to the group at




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