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Supplementary Planning Documents

Supplementary Planning Documents (SPDs) give further guidance on the detail of the Council's development plan. The Council's adopted SPDs are set out below. Additional information can be found on the Council's Document Library.

Brentwood Town Centre Design Guide SPD (2019)

Adopted at Policy, Resources and Economic Development Committee on 27 November 2019 following consultation on a draft version between February and March 2019. The Design Guide aims to inform new development and support applicants in the
delivery of the highest quality architecture and in and around Brentwood Town Centre.

Vehicle Parking Standards SPD (2011)

Adopted at Policy, Performance and Resources Board on 9 March 2011. The new Essex County Council Vehicle Parking Standards replace those set out in Appendix 2 of the Brentwood Replacement Local Plan. The document can be viewed below.

Shopfront guidance for Brentwood Town Centre SPD (2010)

Adopted at Policy, Performance and Resources Board on 10 March 2010 following consultation on a draft version between December 2009 and January 2010. The shopfront guidance helps improve the standard of design when altering or replacing shopfronts and associated signage within Brentwood Town Centre. The document can be viewed below.

Urban Place Supplement SPD (2007)

Adopted by the Council on 26 September 2007 following consultation on a draft document during Autumn 2006. Prepared by Essex County Council to provide additional guidance to the Essex Design Guide. The Urban Place Supplement specifically relates to higher density residential and mixed use development and promotes a high standard of environmental performance in all new development. The document can be viewed below.

Essex coast RAMS SPD (2020)

The Essex coast Recreational disturbance Avoidance and Mitigation Strategy (the Essex coast RAMS) aims to deliver the mitigation necessary to avoid significant adverse effect from in-combination impacts of residential development that is anticipated across Essex, thus protecting the Habitats (European) sites on the Essex coast from adverse effect on site integrity. All new residential developments within the evidenced Zone of Influence where there is a net increase in dwelling numbers are included in the Essex coast RAMS. Details on the Zone of Influence, financial contributions required, and how these funds will be spent are outlined in the RAMS SPD.

The 12 Local Planning Authorities (LPAs) which are partners in and responsible for the delivery of the RAMS are:

Basildon Borough Council, Braintree District Council, Brentwood Borough Council, Castle Point Borough Council, Chelmsford City Council, Colchester Borough Council, Maldon District Council, Rochford District Council, Southend-on-Sea Borough Council, Tendring District Council, Thurrock Council and Uttlesford District Council.

To give this project a clear identity, it has been partnered with Bird Aware. Bird Aware aim to raise awareness of protected birds that visit our coastline every year. More information can be found at the Bird Aware website

Other planning guidance

Developers' Guide to Infrastructure Contributions (Revised Edition 2016)

Essex County Council has published the third edition of its Developers’ Guide to Infrastructure Contributions, this replaces the previous edition published in February 2010. The document details the scope and range of contributions towards infrastructure which Essex County Council may seek from developers and land owners in order to make development acceptable in planning terms. The guide covers the administrative area of Essex County Council and the infrastructure that they provide such as schools, roads and libraries. The document can be viewed below:

Sustainable Drainage Systems Design Guide (2015)

All new major development must provide sustainable drainage systems to manage surface water flooding. Prepared by Essex County Council as lead local flood authority, this guidance helps steer what is expected from development to complement national requirements and prioritise local needs. This is a material consideration when determining planning applications as agreed at Planning and Licensing Committee on 21 July 2015. The document can be viewed below: