The local Planning Authority for the Parish of Langham is Colchester Borough Council (CBC). CBC notifies Langham Parish Council of planning applications that it accepts and that are related to land in the Parish. Once notified of an application the Parish Council then has 21 days to make a representation to CBC. The Parish Council’s response to these applications will be based on Planning Policy guidance.
The Parish Council response must represent the views of the residents of the village based on information collected from past surveys, parish meetings or known local views.
The new Local Plan is an important document which will determine the way forward for Colchester Borough. It will provide strategy for the growth of the district to 2033 and beyond, setting out what development will take place and where.
The Parish Council represents its Parishioners by commenting on applications to the Borough Council and by seeking views on matters relating to housing in Langham, through questionnaires on housing and development policy and by running drop-in meetings involving CBC, developers and residents. Furthermore, it makes its views known to the Borough Council through publications e.g. Village Design Statement and meeting with the Borough Council planning team.
Housing Questionnaire (PDF)
Results of Housing Questionnaire (PDF)
Questionnaire on Wick Road & School Road housing development
Timeline of Events Regarding Housing Development in Langham
The Future of Langham – Briefing document (PDF)
The VDS was prepared by a team of volunteers from Langham with the support of the Parish Council, setting out the design feature of the village and making recommendations for the future. It has been adopted by the Borough Council as part of its planning considerations and, although published some years ago, parts remain relevant today.
Background on the Vistry Homes Development
In 2015 the “Call for Sites” phase of the Emerging Local Plan encouraged landowners in Langham to offer land for potential future housing development. Sixteen sites were put forward and after CBC carried out sustainability appraisals, infrastructure and suitability assessments, three development sites in Langham were identified. Two of these sites are in School Road and one in Wick Road.
During this time the Parish Council had regular meetings with CBC and fed into this process by representing the views of Langham residents.
The first site to come forward as a planning application is located at the east end of School Road. This application is being led by Vistry Homes. The Parish Council has undertaken numerous representations under the Emerging Local Plan and submissions to the Borough Council in respect of this application. It has also canvassed opinion through surveys, meetings and drop in sessions with local residents, CBC, and the original developers Linden Homes. Meetings have also taken place with Anglian Water and the Environment Agency regarding infrastructure issues.
In November 2019 Linden Homes was acquired by Bovis Homes Group plc and in 2020 Bovis Homes became part of the Vistry Homes Group who are now the current developers.