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IFPC enter new era for planning

We are entering into a new era for planning. There is a renewed emphasis on planning at the local level because of the belief that local people know best what local needs are and how they can be met.

A key component of the new approach to planning is the Neighbourhood Plan. It provides a great opportunity for our community to have more influence on how the place in which we live and work will change over time.

For the last three years NPAC has been gathering evidence from our community to produce a document that once 'made' will be a formal part of the planning process.

This draft was published for consultation between 1 September and 31 October 2020. The comments received were analysed and appropriate changes made. This led to the production of the final plan which can be found here:

Parish Council Documents - Ingatestone & Fryerning Parish Council (

The next step is to submit it to Brentwood Borough Council, the local planning authority, together with a Consultation Statement containing details of who was consulted and how and the main issues and concerns raised, and how these have been addressed. They will carry out a final check to ensure that the plan and all accompanying documents comply with the legal requirements before passing them to an independent examiner. The main purpose of the examination is to ensure that the plan has regard to national planning policies, contributes to the achievement of sustainable development and is in general conformity with the strategic policies of the Local Plan (produced by Brentwood)  


IFPC enter new era for planning

An update on your Neighbourhood Plan

Neighbourhood Planning is a new layer of planning which provides communities with the power to establish policies to shape future development of local areas. With over 1,900 areas designated nationally and more than 500 plans approved, they are now part of the planning furniture. The plan is statutory which planning applications are judged against. The next stage for Ingatestone and Fryerning is to review the comments made during the consultation period.

For Neighbourhood Plans or ‘orders’ to be adopted, they will need to conform to planning policies and guidance at the local, national and European level. They will also need to demonstrate support from the local community through a referendum. We have been reporting our progress in newsletters since the Neighbourhood Plan Advisory Committee (NPAC) started work in November 2017. An approved Neighbourhood Plan will normally last for five years at which point it should be reviewed. It will also be possible to review the plan within the five year period if necessary.

You should all have had a chance to see the draft either on line via our website, at a coffee morning, or in the library or other community site (pre lockdown). Leaflets went into every household and via email to our businesses and formal ‘consultees’. The consultation period ran from 1 September to 31 October. Next steps We will submit the Neighbourhood Plan and Consultation Statement to Brentwood Borough Council who will review it against their Local Development Plan.

They will then appoint an independent examiner who will make one of the following recommendations:

a) That the plan should proceed to a referendum, on the basis that it meets all legal requirements.

b) That the plan as modified should proceed to referendum. c) That the plan does not proceed to referendum, on the basis that it does not meet the relevant legal requirements.

You will be able to follow the progress at

IFPC Neighbourhood Plan: Economy

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 economic development within the parish .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
  • Promote a flourishing local economy with a range of successful independent businesses
  • As an existing commuter village, Ingatestone will increase its local employment base with the aim of reducing its export of people.
  • The growing population of the parish will be supported with employment sites, appropriate retail outlets and a thriving economy.
  • The parish will have the transport connections, available space, facilities and infrastructure to support new and expanding businesses as and when the need arises and the parish council will be active in searching out new opportunities for bringing new employment to Ingatestone and Fryerning. 


If you would like to recieve a copy of the Neighbourhood Plan, please call 01277 676759 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 



IFPC Neighbourhood Plan: Economy

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.


If you would like to recieve a copy of the Neighbourhood Plan, please call 01277 676759 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 



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.



IFPC receive update from network provider

As reported in our last newsletter, 71 per cent of the villages’ businesses who responded about ‘infrastructure challenges’ in our Business Questionnaire were most concerned about mobile phone coverage. The parish council believes that the provision of good telecommunications is an important aspect of sustainable economic growth and has been in touch with the main four mobile phone providers that cover our parish.

The good news is that Vodafone have responded and made alterations to their antennae to improve the signal. Vodafone has been the most pro-active of the four, and welcomed our comments on coverage. Their network team has looked at the mast serving the village and made some changes to optimise coverage in the local area. We will be asking our businesses on whether this has resulted in better service. Vodafone has also suggested we work in partnership with them to bring down the costs of network roll out so any outstanding gaps can be closed. We will be doing this

IFPC receive update from network provider

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

IFPC to publish residents' questionnaire

The Neighbourhood Plan Advisory Committee (NPAC) has been working hard to ensure that the needs of the community can be reached by working on set policies for future application. The main purpose of the plan is to ensure we have an opportunity to describe what is valued most by the community. We want to be able to retain the character of the area whilst meeting building targets desired by residents.

During the autumn, our residents and businesses have been completing questionnaires and attending consultation events to voice opinions on how Ingatestone and Fryerning will develop in the coming years. This will form part of the evidence gathering to produce our plan. We know our existing housing stock comprises 38 per cent detached and 34 per cent semi-detached dwellings and that 78 per cent are owner occupied.

We have lower than national averages for small terraced houses and flats. Our young people have to move away from the villages to find affordable accommodation to buy or rent. The questionnaire findings show that our older residents would like to downsize but not move away. We have sufficient evidence now, together with the studies that were commissioned by the borough, to begin drafting our plan. Our vision statement is on our web page and we will be writing a practical set of policies designed to achieve it. The next formal stage will be to publicise the draft to the community through a pre-submission consultation before it is revised and submitted to the local authority for independent examination.

IFPC to publish residents' questionnaire

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?