First published in 1973 this is the latest version of guidance prepared by the Essex Planning OfficersÕ Association. This was the first of its kind, an attempt to challenge the dominance of highway engineering standards over the design, form and character of residential development. The document has since been updated in 1997 with the current version updated in 2005. It establishes different criteria for low, medium and higher density developments. It is wide ranging covering the form, character and detailing of individual buildings through to issues of movement, access sustainability and landscape. It is supported by the Urban Place Supplement intended to address the complexities of the urban agenda and increasing pressure for higher density development and the need to integrate this with existing communities.

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