Colchester Housing Need

The Development Economics team have represented a number of private sector clients in the Colchester HMA, which incorporates the local authorities of Colchester, Chelmsford, Braintree, Tendring, and Maldon, since 2014.  The team’s activity has included representing clients at several Public Inquiries and Hearings in Chelmsford, Maldon, and Tendring by appearing as Expert Witness in respect of the Objective Assessment of Housing Need (OAN); and by submitting evidence to support Local Plan representations in Chelmsford, Maldon, and Tendring, appearing at Local Plan Examinations where required.  The team’s activities in one Public Inquiry led to a key legal Judgment in the High Court and Court of Appeal in respect of the use of economic activity rates in the OAN process.