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Tendring and Colchester Borders Garden Community (TCBGC)

We are delighted to be working with partners on this exciting new project and leading on community engagement in the city of Colchester 

Tendring Colchester Borders Garden Community, or The Garden Community, will be a new, selfsufficient, and sustainable community located in around 715 Ha of land to the east of Colchester, between the A120 and the A133.

The new community will include:

  • Around 7,500 new homes including affordable homes
  • A new country park.
  • Dedicated new employment space.
  • 3 neighbourhood centres
  • New primary and secondary schools and early years centres
  • A range of community facilities that will serve both the existing and new community.

A new, specific, planning policy document has been developed by Colchester, Tendring and Essex Councils to control how the new community is developed – the Development Plan Document, or DPD.

What is the TCGBC
Development Plan

The Development Plan Document (DPD) provides guidance for the delivery of the new Garden Community. Latimer will build on the principles outlined in the DPD through the development of their proposals. Adjacent images show extracts from the document showing the strategic framework masterplan developed by Prior & Partners. The key principles from the document are outlined below outlining what the Garden Community will provide:

  • Large assets of outdoor natural environments.
  • The right jobs, homes, and spaces for all aspects of life.
  • Opportunities for employment within the new community.
  • Community spaces, play spaces, local schools and a network of sport and leisure facilities.
  • Established long term stewardship of infrastructure from the outset.
  • Structure around a dense network of traffic free walk and cycle routes
  • Rapid public transit prioritised and supported by a range of innovative mobility measures.
  • Easy sustainable living for its residents to live happy, healthy lives.
  • Latimer and the design team are at the very early stage of designing the new community and are working towards an outline planning application next summer.
  • Over the next year or so the Engagement Team which is made up from several partners will be facilitating a number of opportunities to engage with the design, express views and participate in events that will influence the emerging design proposals. These engagement opportunities will include:
  • Formal consultation events and exhibitions
  • C360 and CVS Tendring facilitated conversations and focused meetings.
  • Participation at community events
  • Digital updates through dedicated website and bulletins

The Engagement Team:
Community Engagement Leads:

Community360 will be leading on engagement work for the Colchester City, engaging with communities to hear their views, providing information and feeding priorities to the development teams.
CVS Tendring will be leading on engagement for the Tendring District engaging with communities in the same way as Community360
Grounded – Will bring local experience of Colchester and experience of delivering characterful designs that are grounded by a blend of private and public sector experience.

Youth and Political Engagement Leads:

Matt + Fiona – Will ask young people how their built environment might be improved and empower them to bring that vision to life. They are working with the Essex Young Designers to help evolve the project vision and the early design ideas

Interested in finding out more and how your school can get involved:

For further information and to stay involved please contact: 01206 505250

Connect – Aim to improve community groups to seize opportunities and become more enterprising and sustainable. They will be engaging with local councillors and leading on communications and co-ordination.

Read the full engagement prospectus here:
TCBGC engagement prospectus

Our work to date:

Since the end of July 2023 Community360 have attended more than 20 events and network meetings speaking to over 400 people in communities including St Anne’s and St John’s, Wivenhoe, Greenstead and across Colchester Central and South Neighbourhoods.

There will be a second round of consultation running from the 27th November to the 12 December, including face to face and online engagement events.

We look forward to seeing as many people as possible.

We have also been welcomed into community groups and would be delighted to come along and speak to any groups and members about how they can get involved. We would love to hear from you, please get in touch.


27.11.2023 Greenstead Community Centre CO4 3QE 09:00-12.30
27.11.2023 Greenstead Community Centre CO4 3QE 13:30-17.00
28.11.2023 Great Bromley Cross Community Pub CO7 7TL 15.00-18.30
30.11.2023 Elmstead Community Centre CO7 7ET 09.30-13.00
30.11.2023 Elmstead Community Centre CO7 7ET 14.00-18.15
01.12.2023 Ardleigh Village Hall CO7 7RS 17.00-19.30
02.12.2023 Firstsite Colchester CO1 1JH 12.30-16.30
04.12.2023 William Loveless Hall, Wyvern Room, Wivenhoe CO7 9AB 10.00-13.00
04.12.2023 William Loveless Hall, Wyvern Room, Wivenhoe CO7 9AB 14.00-19.00
09.12.2023 Alresford Village Hall CO7 8AT 09.00-12.00
12.12.2023 Online webinar register at website below 18.00-19.00

For more information please contact: Louise Willsher or Matt Mason on 01205 505250 or download this PDF.


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