Local connectivity is to be improved by a new rapid transit system and active travel infrastructure, enabling easy access to Colchester and beyond.
A homes England funded Link Road between the A133 and A120 will also benefit new and existing communities.
Future residents will enjoy the use of a new country park, open spaces, community, retail and leisure uses as well as primary and secondary schools and new employment opportunities.
The local authorities have produced a Development Plan Document (DPD) to provide planning policy for the new community, which has been extensively consulted on. The policy has been submitted to the Secretary of State and adoption of the policy is anticipated in 2024.
Following an international design competition held in 2022, an award-winning team of consultants have been appointed to prepare detailed masterplans for the new community.
The team is led by RIBA Stirling Prize winning architecture practice, Haworth Tompkins, and includes Swedish Masterplanning practice, Kjellander Sjoberg, landscape designers, Periscope, international engineering firm, Arup and Exploration Architecture.
The team is working towards submission of an outline planning application in 2024.