Ingatestone and Fryerning Parish Council has been received a prestigious award as part of the Local Council Award Scheme

Articles in Category: Neighbourhood Plan News

Our community- Who lives here?

As a part of the work for the Neighbourhood Plan we have been discovering all the times new pieces of information about our community. It is fundamental that we understand the residents of the parish and what you would like to see. 

Because ultimately YOU decide whether the Neighbourhood Plan is put into place.

In this series, we will be discussing the information we have learnt from the evidence gathering phase and maybe some of the information will surprise you about your community. 

     Our Resident to household ratio 

1) Ingatestone and Fryerning have a total of 4,758 people living in 2,095 households in the parish boundary. 

The population in the parish continues to rise from the 4,504 (Census 2011) 

This provides our community the chance to grow and expand providing more facilities, growing local businesses and more opportunities to meet the local housing demands. 


2) Ingatestone and Fryerning have 770 children under the age of 16.

This figure is in fact lower than the national average for a parish of this size. However, in the Neighbourhood Plan we hope to encourage more younger families to live in the community by providing further community facilities for children of all age groups 


3)  Ingatestone and Fryerning have 1,220 people over the age of 65.

This figure is 10% higher than the national average for people aged over 65. Health and Well being becomes all the more important as you get older and the Neighbourhood Plan will have policy in place to continue to improve health care provision and facilities in the parish  


4) Ingatestone and Fryerning have 2,795 adults of working age. 

This figure is lower than the current UK national average. 


5) Ingatestone and Fryerning have 85 lone parent families 

This figure is lower than the current UK national average. 


6) Ingatestone and Fryerning has 355 single pensioner households

This figure is higher than the current UK national average. We hope to encourage more community groups focusing on socialising and combating the potential effects of social isolation as a part of the Neighbourhood Plan. 


Our parish holds a wealth of different backgrounds and is diverse in our age range. We want to hear from school children to pensioners and all that comes in between. Let us know how we can positively impact our area by putting strong legislation in place. 

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Have we got any assets of community value?

Do you think we have any places or spaces in our community that are important to local people?

Assets of community value (ACVs) can only be nominated if they are of interest socially (such as for sport, culture or recreational uses) or increase the wellbeing of the community now and into the future.

A community group (such as society, parish council, Neighbourhood forum, not for profit organisation or a group of at least 21 individuals) that is locally connected to the area can nominate an asset to the local authority.

If an asset is listed, then it comes up for sale, the community has the opportunity to bid for it. The community will have up to six months to raise the funds, at the end of the period, the owner may sell it to whoever and at whatever price they choose.

There are case studies on the internet ( and you may well have read of saving local shops/pubs etc. in the national press.

So - is there an asset you would wish to retain in the village?

Please send your suggestions to the parish office.

Have we got any assets of community value?

Affordable Housing - What Chances!

Brentwood Borough Council has a Housing Strategy- based on government policy.

Within it lies a quota for ‘affordable housing’ of developments of over 11 housing units, of 35%.

The government definition is “social rented, affordable rented and intermediate housing, provided to eligible households whose needs are not met by the market. Eligibility is determined with regard to local incomes and local house prices. Affordable housing should include provisions to remain at an affordable price for future eligible households or for subsidy to be recycled for alternative affordable housing provision.

There is a development site in the Local Development Plan, adjacent to the Ingatestone by-pass, part bounded by Roman Road, for some 40 units to be built. The parish council has expressed an interest in being involved at all stages with this site, and will be keen to see the 35% achieved, if not increased. We believe communities have the power to influence change.

We want to see any developments in the parish are designed to meet local needs. If you wish to help with this process and particularly have skills in this area, we would welcome your participation.

Affordable Housing - What Chances!