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IFPC Neighbourhood Plan: Heritage

In this series of short articles we will be taking you through each section of the Neighbourhood Plan to discuss some of the key objectives we have identified across a number of local issues. 


Today, we will talk about the objectives the plan sets out to conserve and enhance the historic environment within the parish . The plan features an implementation strategy discussing how the objectives will be achieved 


The IFPC Neighbourhood Plan looks to support...

  • Development within conservation areas should demonstrate how the proposals will protect and where possible enhance, the character, appearance, setting and historical interest of the conservation area. 

  • Development proposals should seek to protect and where appropriate enhance, heritage assets within the parish. Development proposals which affect a designated or non-designated heritage asset should outline the historical significance of the asset and the local importance of asset to the character and appearance of Ingatestone and Fryerning and should clearly outline the impacts of the proposed development on the historical significance and local importance of the asset.

The policy for the IFPC Neighbourhood Plan has been shaped by you. But we need your help to continue to do so and reflect the opinions of the parish.

If you would like to submit a comment you can by e-mailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or calling 01277 676759. Additionally you can also write to us at the following address:

Ingatestone and Fryerning Parish Council

Suite 2 

4 The Limes 



IFPC Neighbourhood Plan: Heritage

IFPC Neighbourhood Plan: Housing

In this series of short articles we will be taking you through each section of the Neighbourhood Plan to discuss some of the key objectives we have identified across a number of local issues. 


Today, we will talk about the objectives the plan sets out for the housing needs for the local area. The plan features an implementation strategy discussing how the objectives will be achieved 



The IFPC Neighbourhood Plan looks to support...

  • Measured, proportionate, timely and sustainable development to meet local requirements, particularly those of our young people and older residents.

  • Influence key 'age friendly' issues, including housing.

  • To promote an integrated approach to achieving sustainable and quality residential environments.

  • To promote the comprehensive planning and development of residential areas and ensure that adequate information accompanies planning applications which will enable the delivery of an improved design quality.

  • To promote quality residential development that:                             

    1) Creates places for people which are attractive, locally distinctive and appropriate to their surroundings, safe, convenient, adaptable and easy to maintain.                                                                           

    2) Respects and enhances features of value and local character and promotes biodiversity.                                                                 

    3) Reduces reliance on the private car, supports movement by pedestrians and cyclists, provides adequate and convenient access to public transport and connects well with the wider locality.   

The policy for the IFPC Neighbourhood Plan has been shaped by you. But we need your help to continue to do so and reflect the opinions of the parish.


If you would like to submit a comment you can by e-mailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or calling 01277 676759. Additionally you can also write to us at the following address:

Ingatestone and Fryerning Parish Council

Suite 2 

4 The Limes 



IFPC Neighbourhood Plan: Housing

Your Neighbourhood Plan is here

Your Neighbourhood Plan has arrived and is available to read. Please follow the link below to read

The formal consultation period will run until 31 October 2020.

You can make your comments on our website:

If you are unable to submit your comments online, you can send them:

·       by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

·       by post to Parish Office, Suites 2-3, 4 The Limes, Ingatestone, Essex CM4 0BE


If you have any queries about how to take part, please call 01277 676759 and a member of staff will be happy to assist you.





Your Neighbourhood Plan is here

Your neighbourhood plan is on its way

 After nearly two years of evidence gathering and analysis, we have commissioned a town planning consultancy (DAC Planning) to assist us in putting a draft together before Christmas. This consultancy has taken plans in other parishes and towns in Essex through the entire process and will ensure that contents comply with the expectations of the law.

The neighbourhood plan makes an assessment of our physical assets, setting out what should be protected and where future development should go. The main themes cover economic development, lifestyle and well-being, housing, connectivity (getting around) and environment. Each theme leads to written policies detailing objectives against which plans will be implemented through the statutory planning process.

We have been reporting progress regularly in each newsletter, on the parish council website and social media channels and local businesses, residents and community organisations have responded to some initial ideas.

Why has IFPC been producing a neighbourhood plan?

In 2011 The Localism Act was passed. This enabled parishes to become a formal part of the statutory planning process if it produced a neighbourhood plan that me the legal standards. 

A neighbourhood plan is a community-led planning framework for guiding the future development, regeneration and conservation of an area.

IFPC decided that Ingatestone and Fryerning deserved to be protected in this way, and set about producing one.

What happens next?

The plan will be made available in hard copy and on our website for a consultation period of six weeks. The publicity will include details of where and when the plan can be viewed and how to make comments and by what date.

The Neighbourhood Plan Advisory Committee will then review the response and revise the plan as necessary.

The revised neighbourhood plan will be presented to the Statutory Planning Authority (BBC) who will appoint an independent examiner to look at whether the plan meets the basic conditions of compliance with the National Planning Policy Framework, e.g. contributing to the achievement of sustainable development, general conformity with the strategic policies in the development plan for the local area and compatibility with EU obligations

Your time to vote 

The final stage in creating a neighbourhood plan is to hold a referendum rub by the Electoral Office at Brentwood. For the plan to come into force, there must be a majority 'yes' vote.

We are hoping that this will be at the same time as the Borough Council election in May 2020 to encourage as many residents as possible to cast a vote and reduce the cost of conducting an election.



Creating our housing policies

In the Local Development Plan (LDP) prepared by Brentwood Borough Council, that could become the statutory planning instrument next spring, a site for some 57 housing units has been identified close to the slip road from the A12.

In anticipation that this land will no longer be designated as 'green belt' if the LDP is agreed, the owner of the land and a property developer have begun to sketch out some ideas.

There is no doubt from the evidence gathered by the Neighbourhood Plan Advisory Committee, that our parish is in need of affordable and smaller homes for some of our older residents to consider for 'downsizing'. 

Our neighbourhood plan housing policy suggests that we approve the      borough-wide affordable housing requirement of 35 per cent for all proposals of 11 or more (net) units and that the design, style and density of new housing are in keeping with the character of the parish and the rural environment, that it is sustainable, free from flood risk and includes adequate parking provision and appropriate landscaping.

We have had an initial discussion with the prospective developer to ensure they take accounts of our residents' views, and this is the time to exert our influence.


Creating our housing policies

Improving parking in our villages

In 2018, IFPC conducted two surveys for residents and businesses to let you have your say about our villages. Information that we have collected will be analysed to produce our community-led Neighbourhood Plan - our benchmark for future developments.

One of the key findings in both questionnaires was that our residents and local businesses are very concerned about the provision of parking for visitors, residents and employees commuting to Ingatestone and Fryerning.

We learnt that 75 per cent of employees use their own vehicle to travel to work. 44 per cent travel from outside a five-mile radius of their work place.

New sites for parking need to be identified and evaluated. Brentwood Borough Council is reviewing its existing garage sites for alternative use.

Two sites earmarked for development in the new Local Development Plan could be used to increase capacity, especially the site classified for 'employment and mixed use' adjacent to the by-pass, part bounded by the Roman Road.

We have the opportunity in producing our Neighbourhood Plan, to develop a policy prescribing standards to be met by new housing developments. The 2011 Census identified 1.44 cars per household for the parish, which would seem to indicate two spaces per dwelling would be appropriate.

The parish council will need to review the suggestions submitted and produce a strategy for increasing available parking spaces for residents, visitors and employees and developing alternatives to car usage.

The South Essex Parking Partnership has recently concluded a study on the traffic flow which will inform this strategy.

More parking spaces in Bell Mead

The parish council has added 10 two-hour free public parking bays in Bell Mead.

In addition to the 12 bays outside The Lounge and the eight bays currently on the road leading to the surgery, there are now an additional eight bays opposite the surgery in front of the new development with a further four bays on the road at the entrance to the new development. They are all clearly marked with Brentwood Borough Council two-hour free parking signs.




Improving village broadband and mobile reception

In our Neighbourhood Plan business questionnaire, our village businesses were asked for their views on infrastructure challenges.

Over 71 per cent of businesses felt that mobile coverage was their main concern and 39 per cent raised broadband speeds as an issue.

Current parish broadband 

The Superfast Essex Broadband rollout map (www.superfastessex/maps) shows that Ingatestone and Fryerning are not being covered by the Superfast Essex programme. Records confirm that there already are, or should be, fibre broadband services available as a result of commercial plans by fibre broadband providers such as BT or Virgin Media. Therefore, Superfast Essex is not planning any infrastructure upgrades. 


However, as we are not in the Superfast Essex plans, you may still be eligible for a basic satellite or wireless broadband solution under the Better Broadband Scheme 


For more information on different broadband technologies available, tips to improve existing speed and other options to improve broadband at your address go to 

What our mobile service providers say

Ofcom has a mobile and boradband checker on their website ( If you add your postcode you can see the coverage of each of the four providers given for the parish. These are EE, 02, Vodafone and Three.

What are we going to do about it?

The provision of good telecommunications is an important aspect of sustainable economic growth. 

We do need to consider offering a site for a mast to the mobile phone providers close to the A12 with a direction towards the villages.

We also need to work with Brentwood Borough Council to ensure that new development will contribute to and be compatible with local fibre or internet connectivity. This should be demonstrated in 'connectivity statements' for all planning applications to ensure new developments connect to the internet with a minimum symmetrical speed of 25 Mbps and with realistic future-proof upgrades available.

Section 10 of the National Planning Policy Framework states that sutiable ducting that can accept fibre should be provided to roads or footpaths within the development site, the public highway, a community-led access network or another location that can be justified through the connectivity statement. 


Can village garage sites become homes?

Brentwood Borough Council's Housing Services in reviewing the garage sites they own as a part of their housing strategy. 


The council has identified that the current rate of supply of affordable housing will not meet growing housing needs. One initiative to increase provision is to review the garage sites to consider whether the land could be used for housing for rent or additional parking.

In Ingatestone and Fryerning there are 53 garages on nine sites. Some sites are in a poor state of repair and are deemed not fit for purpose to store modern car given the increase in average dimensions. It is believed, although not yet fully evidenced, that the majority of current tenancies are for the storage and not parking.

In the Brentwood borough, the first of the garage sites to change use has been agreed in Magdalen Gardens and Fawters Close and new modular housing will be erected. 

We know from our current Neighbourhood Plan business and residents' questionnaire responses that parking is a major issue in the villages. Some of the garage sites are in the core of the villages and others near local schools. We will be considering all options in our Neighbourhood plan research to resolve or at least improve some of these concerns. 

What do the businesses find important?

In 2018, we asked the businesses of Ingatestone & Fryerning to respond to a questionnaire asking what challenges they face and what they would like to see in the future . 


We would like to thank all of those that responded, the feedback we have received has helped shape the direction of the Neighbourhood Plan making it reflect the needs of the community. 


If you are interested in finding out what is important to the businesses of our community please follow the link to find out more:

What do the businesses find important?

How is the production of the Neighbourhood Plan proceeding?

At the Horticultural Show last July, the parish council announced the intention to produce a Neighbourhood Plan for Ingatestone and Fryerning. Residents were asked to sign up if they could offer some time and expertise. Fortunately, a group stepped forward, and we have been meeting monthly in the library since November to begin the evidence gathering.

By January 2018, we could report in our newsletter that the Neighbourhood Plan Advisory Committee has been formally established as a committee of the parish council. Our website now features dedicated pages on progress and working groups gathering information about the environment and the people in our community. 

The Business Working Group produced a digest of our businesses having found 220 of them either based or registered in the parish. A questionnaire was designed and has been distributed to understand the needs our businesses have to maintain their activities and allow them to grow. Results are coming in and we are looking forward to the analysis that will lead us to assist them in the most appropriate way.

The Environment and Land Use Working Group has been assembling information about the built environment and the civic society. A residents' questionnaire is being distributed together with our latest newsletter, to ascertain what is important locally; what our strengths and weaknesses are as a parish; and will lead us to consult with you further on how we can achieve the 'vision' printed in the newsletter too.

We will report the results of the analysis of both questionnaires in our web pages.

How is the production of the Neighbourhood Plan proceeding?

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. 

To contact our Neighbourhood Plan team

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Our community- Who lives here?

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?

Parking inventory

The 2011 Census identified a population of 4,785 people living in 2,095 households in the parish, with over 3,026 or 1.44 cars per household, the majority kept in private driveways.


Commercial vehicles kept in the parish do not appear to be shown in the census data.


Designated car parks are at the railway station (267 spaces, pay-and-display) , the Community Club (73 p-a-d), Bell Mead (24 Free) and Market Place (20 Free). In total these provide 384 spaces. The station represents the great majority of the availability. Shopper's car parking behind the Co-Op and Budgens supermarkets provides 24 spaces, free to use but time-limited. Six locations totalling 67 spaces are controlled by resident permits Mon-Sat 9am-6pm.


Along the High Street there are about 30 designated spaces within 1-hour limits. The rest of the High Street is no-parking from 9am to 6pm. The situation in The Limes is unclear. Signage shows both sides as 'private' , but both sides are usually congested with vehicles and spaces turn over frequently. A number of residential roads have 1-hour restrictions at various times during the day, to deter all-day parking by commuters and others.


Around 170 spaces for the use of businesses were identified. This excluded supermarkets, schools and halls but included pubs and restaurants in the village centre. 

Environmental impact on the parish

How in the next twenty years can Ingatestone and Fryerning establish environmental priorities to prepare itself for the changes needed needed to combat climate change and live within the environmental limits of the planet? There are a number of key issues that we need as a community to consider:

  • Can we encourage shopping locally and encourage the sale of local produce?
  • Can we reduce our single use plastic and reduce the impact of litter in our villages?
  • Can we increase our levels of recycling and lobby to keep the recycling centre adjacent to the parish?
  • Can we encourage energy efficient and sustainable development that does not infringe on green belt or agricultural land and so ensure that any development reinforces and enhances the character of Ingatestone?
  • Can we ensure that new housing meets high environmental standards ideally carbon neutral?
  • Can we encourage walking, cycling and use of public transport that will improve safety for pedestrians especially children, disabled persons, and elderly residents?
  • Can we encourage the use of allotments and ensure that there is an adequate supply 
  • Can we encourage car sharing to reduce emissions & pressure on car parking? Looking ahead to the provision of recharging points in car parks as electric vehicles become more common in the years leading up to 2040.
  • Can we ensure regular monitoring of air pollution especially in areas close to the A12 (likely to be expanded by 2040), adjacent to our infant and junior schools?
  • Can we campaign to maintain and improve local bus services and see the introduction of late night trains from Chelmsford? 

Support for our businesses

We have established that within our community there are approximately 200 businesses.

We also know that within Brentwood's Local Development Plan a site has been earmarked for 'employment' to be developed in the next 1-5 years. This site is alongside the slip road from the A12.

We developed a questionnaire for the businesses to establish how we can help them remain here and prosper and are keen to work on solutions they identify.


Results have been returned and issues have been raised including:

  • Parking for both customers and employees
  • Skills defecits 
  • The shortage of affordable housing 
  • Mobile phone coverage 


As over 60% of respondents stated they wish to stay with us and expand we have been looking at innovative solutions to meet their needs.  



Support for our businesses