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The Garden Community is a visionary project, redefining what a new community should be for the changing climate we live in, whilst retaining the principles of established, successful and thriving communities. The Garden Community will be providing around 7,500 new homes, including much-needed affordable homes, to the east of Colchester in an entirely self-sufficient new community. It will be delivering new schools, a country park, new healthcare and retail, leisure and job opportunities, alongside infrastructure and new facilities to serve new residents as well as benefitting existing communities.

This website will be continually updated as we develop our emerging designs and thinking alongside consultation and engagement with the local community and stakeholders. If you would like to be kept updated and have your say on this exciting landmark opportunity for the area, we would encourage you to sign up to our mailing list below to stay informed. 

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What's next

Building on the work we have done to date, we will be launching an extensive community engagement programme from Summer 2023 to allow local communities and stakeholders to help shape and inform the design of the new Garden Community, building towards a planning application submission in 2024. 

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Latest news

We will be holding our second round of public exhibitions in November and December. You can get involved by joining one of our roadshow events in person or via an online virtual webinar.

Full programme for our first public exhibition roadshow:

27.11.2023 - Greenstead Community Centre, CO4 3QE - 09:00-12.30

27.11.2023 - Greenstead Community Centre, CO4 3QE - 13:30-17.00

28.11.2023 - Great Bromley Cross Community Pub, CO7 7TL - 15.00-18.30

30.11.2023 - Elmstead Community Centre, CO7 7ET - 09.30-13.00

30.11.2023 - Elmstead Community Centre, CO7 7ET - 14.00-18.15

01.12.2023 - Ardleigh Village Hall, CO7 7RS - 17.00-19.30

02.12.2023 - Firstsite Colchester, CO1 1JH - 12.30-16.30

04.12.2023 - William Loveless Hall, Wyvern Room, Wivenhoe, CO7 9AB - 10.00-13.00 04.12.2023 - William Loveless Hall, Wyvern Room, Wivenhoe, CO7 9AB - 14.00-19.00 09.12.2023 - Alresford Village Hall, CO7 8AT - 09.00-12.00

12.12.2023 - Online webinar, register interest here - 18.00-19.00

Want to get in touch?

Use the contact details below to get in touch with our engagement team:

0800 029 71 71 (freephone - voicemail only)

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