Adopted Guidance

A variety of documents we use when planning for new development in the Borough


  • What are the Supplementary Planning Documents and Essex Design Guide
  • What are the Development Briefs
  • What are the Neighbourhood Plans
  • What are the Village Design Statements (VDS) and Parish Plans

We use a variety of documents when planning for new development in the Borough. 

They consist of: 

Supplementary Planning Documents (SPDs)

These form part of the Local Plan and provide detailed guidance on how planning policy will be implemented by us. 

View SPDs

Essex Design Guidance

This provides detailed design advice on the layout, design and spatial principles of new residential and mixed use development. 

View Essex Design Guide

Development Briefs

These inform developers and other interested parties of the constraints and opportunities presented by specific sites and the type of development expected or encouraged by us. 

View Development Briefs

Neighbourhood Plans

These were introduced under the Localism Act 2011 and are created by local communities. Once they are adopted by us, the Neighbourhood Plans form part of the Development Plan for Colchester Borough. 

View Neighbourhood Plans

Village Design Statements (VDS) and Parish Plans

These describe the distinctive characteristics of a locality and provide design guidance to ensure future development meets identified requirements and improves the physical qualities of an area. 

In planning policy terms they have been superseded by Neighbourhood Plans. 

View VDS