Closing date: 25 July 2024

Colchester City Council is launching the fifth phase of engagement in the Local Plan Review. This phase is Placemaking and will focus on capturing ideas and thoughts on the pattern, scale, character and design quality of places.

What is the Colchester Local Plan Review?
The Local Plan is a plan for the development of the local area, drawn up by the Local Planning Authority (Colchester City Council). It guides decisions on whether planning applications can be granted. The Council adopted the current Colchester Local Plan Section 1 in February 2021 and Section 2 in July 2022. This guides growth and development across Colchester to 2033. To ensure plans remain effective, they require reviewing and updating at least every five years.

What is placemaking?
Placemaking is about the pattern, scale, character and design quality of places. The questionnaire will cover the broad themes of:

  • Creating a place
  • Approaches to future development and growth
  • Homes, Communities and Employment
  • Natural and Historic Environment
  • Design
  • Colchester City Centre
  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Sustainability

How do I complete the survey?
The questions can be completed on the online site: click here
There are two sets of questions available:
Community Questionnaire aimed at those who live, work and frequently visit Colchester.
Planning and Development Industry Questionnaire aimed at developers/house builders, planning agents, urban designers, architects, and other professionals within the built environment to get a better understanding of how design related policies are impacting the places that are delivered in Colchester.

If you are not able to access the consultation site, paper copies of the questionnaire can be collected from the Town Hall and all Colchester libraries. These can be handed to the librarian, alternatively you can email your responses to
All comments will be published on the Colchester City Council website and consultation portal in accordance with the Data Protection Act 2018 and General Data Protection Regulations. For further information about how your data is processed, go to
If you have any questions, please email


Recycling in Essex, help Essex County Council to improve their online information about household recycling.
To take part: click here


ECFRS wants to ensure that they truly understand what matters to residents in Essex.
To facilitate this, they have created a questionnaire that allows individuals to share their feedback. Whether someone has reached out to the service during an emergency, received prevention advice, attended fire station open days, or has never interacted with them before, opinions are highly valued. The questionnaire has been carefully designed to be quick and easy to complete, with the aim of providing a hassle-free experience.
To complete the survey: click here


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