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Consultations

Current consultations

Your views and needs are at the heart of everything we do.

That is why the Council consults with residents, businesses and other organisations to ensure the decisions we make represent public opinion and are informed by what you tell us.

Consultation: Setting a balanced budget for 2023/24

Each year, we must set a budget that balances spending on services with the resources available. In the current year 2022/23, this is how the council is funding its services.


In recent years, the government has been reducing its grant funding to councils. We get all our income from council tax, business rates, money we raise and specific grants.

Since 2020 there has been significant impact on residents and businesses in the borough. We have incurred additional financial pressures during the COVID-19 pandemic and continue to face new financial challenges through the recovery of this pandemic.

The current UK economy outlook is bleak and continues to struggle from the effects of the pandemic along with the impact of the War in Ukraine. Current forecasts suggest Consumer Price Index (CPI) is expected to reach 13% and the Bank of England to set its base rate to over 2% by the end of the year.

Rising costs affect us directly and indirectly. Energy costs have risen and continue to rise, our contractors are experiencing similar financial pressures and will seek to offset these against the Council. Indirectly, the impact of rising costs will see an increase in demand for certain Council services.

With the additional financial hardship to manage, we believe the continuation of delivery of services and regeneration of the borough is the most effective way to help residents and businesses recover and sustain in this current economic climate. We remain committed to supporting the borough and delivering on our Corporate Strategy 2020-2025.

To keep balancing the budget, it is likely we will have to increase our income and reduce spending.

On current forecasts, if we take no action, we expect to have a shortfall in the budget of £1.6 million by 2023/24, rising to £1.9 million in 2026/27.

Council Tax is a significant income source for us to deliver our services. On average, each household paid £1,893.60 in council tax in 2022/23. Only 10.49% of this, which equates to £198.63, is kept by Brentwood Borough Council, helping fund the services it provides to local people and businesses.

We would like your views on how we spend our money and how we might raise more money to help set a balance budget with increasing costs and reduced Government Funding. The information from this survey will be used by Councillors as they set the budget and council tax for 2023/24.

If you have any views on the best way to support the borough, use the further comments section in the questionnaire.

This consultation closes on 16 October 2022.

Licensing Act 2003 Policy Consultation

The Licensing Act 2003 provides the legal framework for licensing the sale and supply of alcohol, provision of regulated entertainment and provision of late-night refreshment. As the Licensing Authority, we’re required to produce a Policy relating to these matters.

We’re required to review and consult on the Policy every five years to allow for updates to the legislation and the local area. It provides the basis for all decisions made under the Licensing Act for the policy's duration.

We would like your comments on our proposed reviewed Licensing Policy (PDF).

Your written comments must reach us by 16 September 2022, by emailing licensing@brentwood.gov.uk or writing to:

Licensing Team
Brentwood Borough Council
Town Hall
Ingrave Road
Brentwood
Essex
CM15 8AY

Gambling Act 2005 Statement of Principles

The Gambling Act 2005 provides the legal framework for the licensing and regulation of commercial gambling in the UK. It requires us to produce a Gambling Policy Statement.

This will be our third (fourth) Statement of Licensing Policy since the law came into effect. It includes updates to allow for changes in legislation and provides the basis for all gambling related licensing decisions taken by the council as the Licensing Authority over the next three years.

We would like your comments on our proposed reviewed Gambling Policy Statement (PDF).

Your written comments must reach us by 16 September 2022, by emailing licensing@brentwood.gov.uk or writing to:

Licensing Team
Brentwood Borough Council
Town Hall
Ingrave Road
Brentwood
Essex
CM15 8AY

Taxi Licensing Policy Consultation 2022

The UK government have published national statutory taxi and private hire vehicle standards. In response to these standards, we have drafted a new policy that brings together the existing procedures and policies we have for taxi licensing and incorporates the Department for Transport’s National Model Standards.

We would like your views on Draft Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Licensing Policy 2022 (PDF).

Your written comments must reach us by 16 September 2022, by emailing licensing@brentwood.gov.uk or writing to:

Licensing Team
Brentwood Borough Council
Town Hall
Ingrave Road
Brentwood
Essex
CM15 8AY

Recent Consultations

Environment Strategy Consultation

We asked for your views on our environment strategy.

The consultation closed on 31 August 2022.

Brentwood Electoral Review

The Local Government Boundary Commission for England is asking for your views on their electoral review of Brentwood to agree new ward boundaries across the Borough.

  • Do you have suggestions about where your ward boundaries should be?
  • Where do people in your area go to access local facilities, such as shops and leisure activities?
  • Which areas do you identify as your local community?

Once the Commission has drawn up the proposals, there will be a second consultation.

Consultation closed on 18 July 2022.

Council Tax discounts consultation

We consulted with residents on your views to change the current local discretionary Council Tax Discounts from 1 April 2022. 

This consultation closed on 7 November 2021.

View the consultation responses (PDF).

Football Hub consultation

We consulted on plans for the potential look of the new football hub, which were displayed at the Brentwood Centre.

This consultation closed on 18 October 2021.

Setting a balanced budget for 2022/23

Each year, the council must set a balanced budget that balances spending on services with the resources available. The council consulted on your views on how it spends its money and how it might raise more money to help close its budget gap. 

The consultation closed on 3 October 2021.

View the consultation responses (PPT).

Allocations Policy

We proposed some changes to the housing allocations policy. Over 1200 households are waiting for social housing in Brentwood. Last year only 172 properties became available for letting and we want to make sure they go to the residents who need them most. For more information, see the Allocations Policy 2021 pdf.

The consultation closed on 9 July 2021.

Dunton Hills Garden Village

We consulted on the draft Supplementary Planning Document pdf that will guide how development progresses at Dunton Hills Garden Village in the future. We wanted to understand if the document meets what we heard during the co-design consultation undertaken between May – August 2020. Get involved in the many consultation activities at www.duntonhillsgardenvillage.com.

The consultation closed on 1 July 2021.

Brookfield Close, Hutton

The Council is planning to build over 300 new council homes over the next seven years as part of its Housing Delivery Plan. The first 61 of these homes will be built as part of a proposal to redevelop empty and derelict homes, council owned garages and some older homes currently occupied at Brookfield Close, Hutton. The new homes proposed will be 'zero carbon in use'. Local residents were encouraged to take part in the consultation. Further information is available on our Brookfield Close web page.

The consultation closed on Monday 23 November 2020.

Hutton Recreation Play Area - Phase 2

Hutton Recreation Play Area is set for a refurbishment under the Council's 5 year Play Area Strategy. So far the Toddler Play Area at King George’s Playing Fields and the Play Area at River Road have been revamped by the Council’s contractors HAGs. Plans for Hutton Recreation Area are already underway and the second phase of the consultation with residents started on November 3.

This phase of the consultation closed on 20 November 2020.

Council Tax Reduction Scheme Consultation

Each year the Council has to decide whether to change the Council Reduction scheme for working age residents. The consultation was in respect of Brentwood’s proposed Council Tax Reduction scheme which will take effect from April 2021.

The consultation closed on 15 November 2020.

Hutton Recreation Play Area

As part of the Council's 5 year Play Area Strategy for play area improvement the Council is looking at refurbishing Hutton Recreation Play Area. The Council consulted with local residents, schools and users of the play area to help inform the design and layout of the play area.

The first phase of the consultation closed on 17 August 2020.

Brentwood High Street 

Temporary Closure to Vehicles (except buses & cycles) from 9am to 6pm Monday to Saturday

We asked for your thoughts on the temporary closure of Brentwood High Street to vehicles, except buses and cycles, to create more social distancing space.

The survey closed on 7 August 2020.

South Essex 2050

Over the past few years, the Association of South Essex Local Authorities (ASELA) has sought to understand your views about what it’s like to live or work in your local area and what you hope to achieve in the future. These consultations are vital in shaping local services, but ASELA wants to start a different kind of conversation too: about the long-term future for the South Essex region in 2050.

We want to explore how South Essex could change over the next 30 years. What we might be able to achieve together. How we can focus our efforts and direct investment towards the things that matter most.

The survey closed on 31 July 2020.

Planting of a Community Forest at Hutton Country Park

In line with our commitment to combat climate change, we held a public consultation on a proposal to plant a Community Forest at Hutton Country Park.

The consultation closed on Tuesday 24 March 2020.

Council Tax Reduction Scheme

Each year the Council has to decide whether to change the Council Tax Support scheme for working age residents in the Borough. Residents of pension age cannot be affected as they are protected from any restrictions by Central Government. The consultation was in respect of Brentwood's proposed Council Tax Reduction scheme from 1st April 2020.

The consultation closed on 15 December 2019.

Brentwood Borough Council Corporate Vision 2020-2025

The consultation covered the plans for the Council over the next five years. 

The consultation closed on Thursday 12 September 2019.