Braintree District Council, Colchester Borough Council, Tendring District Council and Essex County Council have appointed Aecom to deliver a feasibility study exploring the potential for a series of new communities that will combine to achieve the shared growth ambitions of the four authorities.
North Essex was selected by the Department for Communities & Local Government in December 2016 to share in £1.1m of funding for initial work to develop new garden communities.
The North Essex Garden Communities Concept feasibility study will determine how garden city principles can be applied to help deliver new high-quality, sustainable homes across a number of new settlements in the region. Aecom will be supported by commercial property and real estate firm Cushman & Wakefield.
Aecom director Tom Venables said: “The most successful settlements combine transport, economic and spatial land-use planning to create communities where people want to live and work. The feasibility study is an important first step to realising these types of new developments in North Essex. Embracing garden city principles will help the local authorities achieve their long-term growth requirements and create a legacy of high-quality, sustainable new communities.”
Last year Aecom was appointed to deliver the framework masterplan for Ebbsfleet in North Kent.