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1.1 Following over three years of work by the Neighbourhood
Plan Group, this document represents the Neighbourhood Plan for
Eight Ash Green in respect of the period 2017 – 2033. It covers
the area within our parish boundary including the distinct
communities of Eight Ash Green, Fordham Heath, Daisy Green,
Lexden Heath and Seven Star Green. – see below. Colchester
Borough Council approved this designation in June 2015.
Map of the Eight Ash Green
1.2 In developing the Plan, wide ranging and continuous
consultation has taken place both informally and formally to
include the Parish Council, the villagers of the Parish,
landowners/agents and business owners working in close liaison
with Colchester Borough Council. Advice has also been sought
from Colchester Borough Council; the Rural Community Council for
Essex and a very experienced town planner who has examined some
50 neighbourhood plans and Health Checks for Neighbourhood Plan
groups. Full details are set out in the Consultation Statement
available at www.eightashgreen.net
1.3 The outcome from the six week (42 days) consultation of
v26 of the Neighbourhood Plan (12th February 00.00 –
25th March 2018 24.00), undertaken under Regulation
14 of the Neighbourhood Plan Regulations 2012, showed over 90
per cent of the villagers fully supported the Plan and its
contents, with 633 hits on the website, 177 hits on the comments
form and 70 comments form completed. Detailed comments and
observations from this exercise can be found in the Consultation
Statement and have been incorporated in the Plan where
1.4 The very strong measure of support from the village not
only for the Plan itself but also the Objectives and Policies,
reflects the extensive consultation process undertaken, as
reflected in Section 7 below.
Eight Ash Green Neighbourhood Plan Group
Authorised by the Eight Ash Green Parish Council to prepare
this Neighbourhood Plan
Lower Fordham Heath