The Village Council are pleased to announce that following a recruitment process they have appointed a new Clerk who took up their duties on 11th of April 2018.

The new Clerk is Ms Nicki Webb.   


Whilst we aim to always respond asap to enquiries please note that our P/T Clerk is only available Monday to Thursday between the hours of 9.00 a.m. to 3.00 p.m. 


 Please be aware that all contents of this website are the copyright of the Village Council and cannot be reproduced in any form without prior written permission. 

Please come along to the meeting of the Village Council on Wednesday 2nd May 2018 

commencing @ 7.30 p.m.


South Green Memorial Hall

 The Village Council currently has three vacancies please see link below for more details and how you can register your interest in joining the Council & serving your local community. 

Notice of Co-Option 3 Vacancies 


Borough Local Plan - Update. 

As you may be aware, on Thursday 22 March 2018 Basildon Council approved the Publication Local Plan for public consultation in accordance with Regulation 19 of the Town and Country Planning (Local Planning) (England) Regulations 2012. Officers are currently in the process of making arrangements for the consultation so that it can start in mid May 2018 and we will be in contact with Local Councils in due course with further information. 

In the meantime, I hope the following information provides some initial information and informs you on the next stages in the process, and assists you should you receive any enquiries from your residents of what to do regarding the consultation. 

Please feel free to copy the relevant general text set out in 1), 2) or 3) below for your websites. 

1.    Consultation Information 

The next public consultation on the Local Plan is expected to commence in mid May 2018. This will be for a period of 6 weeks. As a Regulation 19 consultation, it requires consultees to focus on matters of soundness and legal compliance of the Local Plan, however, this does not stop communities from engaging. It simply requires members of the public, statutory bodies, business representatives and special interest groups to focus on where they feel the Local Plan is/ is not justified, effective and in accordance with national policy and legislation. 

We intend as a minimum to have a prescribed comment form which will assist consultees in making valid representations.

Further information will published in due course and we will let the Local Council’s know when the arrangements are finalised.

2.    Can comments be submitted now?

Not just yet. We are aware of some communities and individuals who want to submit their views to the Council now. Unfortunately however, for legal reasons this is not possible, if they are to also be classed as valid. 

Comments received outside of the consultation’s start and end dates cannot be included within the formal Local Plan process and, therefore are not able to be duly considered by the Planning Inspector. 

Obviously, this does not stop people reading the Publication Local Plan, or its supporting evidence and prepare what they may like to submit as comments after mid-May 2018, but we would ask for your support in discouraging your residents from submitting responses to the Council before the consultation opens, as we are then obliged to notify them that their comments are invalid and we do not want this to discourage people from participating, just because of a legal technicality. We have no way of overcoming this legal issue and therefore ask for your cooperation in getting this important message across. 

By all means, encourage your residents to register with us, which will mean they would get a personal notification of when the consultation starts – they can do this themselves by registering for an account on our Consultation Portal: .

If they have responded to a consultation previously, chances are they already have a consultation account with us; - these people can check whether this is the case by just entering their email address using “Login/Register” on the link above and click “Forgotten Password” at the top of the screen, and it will be emailed to their registered email address – from here they can make sure their details are up to date.  

Those that do not have an email address/ prefer to be notified by post/ have trouble determining whether they have an account already can contact us to be added to the register/ for us to check it. This can be done by emailing If they wish to register their details they need to include their name, address, post code and telephone number. Alternatively, they can call 01268 208045 with this information and a member of the team will add them to the register/ write to the team at Planning Policy Team, Basildon Borough Council, The Basildon Centre, St. Martin’s Square, Basildon, Essex, SS14 1DL

3.    What happens to comments submitted to the consultation after mid May 2018? 

Consultation responses received during the consultation will be collated by the Council, and then passed along with the Publication Local Plan and any supporting evidence documents to the appointed Planning Inspector for examination. 

The independently appointed Inspector will spend a period of time considering those consultation responses and the submitted plan and evidence. They will then call an Examination in Public, where a series of round table discussions will be held locally on matters where objections have been made. These are held in public, but exact details of dates and locations cannot be confirmed yet. Inspectors may invite objectors to participate in these round table discussions. Who gets invited is a matter for the Planning Inspector, not Basildon Borough Council.

Finally, as the Borough’s Local Clerks/ Local Council representatives, if you or your councillors have any questions in response to the contents of this email insofar as process (rather than content of the plan), please get in touch on 01268 208045 or and we will try to assist.

Thank you for your help.   


 Matt Winslow BSc. (Hons.) MSc. MRTPI

Interim Head of Regeneration & Economic Development (Strategic Planning & Housing Strategy)

 Direct Tel: 01268 208189/ Mobile (Mon-Fri Only): 07860 873201

PA: Terri Garnham Tel: 01268 208174 - 

Basildon Borough Council, The Basildon Centre, St. Martin’s Square, Basildon, Essex, SS14 1DL |


Date for the next Village Fun day has been set for Sunday 26th August 2018 

12.30 - 4.30 

Most of last year's stalls and attractions have indicated that they will be returning this year so hopefully with some new additions the 2018 event will continue to grow and be bigger and better than ever!

Watch this space for updates in the coming months