Register of advice

The list below is a record of advice the Planning Inspectorate has provided in respect of the Planning Act 2008 process.

There is a statutory duty under section 51 of the Planning Act 2008 to record the advice that is given in relation to an application or a potential application and to make this publicly available. Advice we have provided is recorded below together with the name of the person or organisation who asked for the advice and the project it relates to. The privacy of any other personal information will be protected in accordance with our Information Charter which you should view before sending information to the Planning Inspectorate.

Note that after a project page has been created for a particular application, any advice provided that relates to it will also be published under the ‘s51 advice’ tab on the relevant project page.

Advice given between between 1 October 2009 and 14 April 2015 has been archived. View the archived advice.

Enquiry received via email


30 April 2020
Clare Coombes


Dear Sirs I’m hoping you can assist me. I currently live in Easthorpe, Essex which could or could not be affected by the A12 widening scheme. I have spoken to the Highway’s Agency who have told me the decision with the garden village, at West Tey lays with the planning inspectorate and I won’t know if I will have a motorway going through my land or house until the decision is made. I currently have my property up for sale and no one is interested in buying it due to no decision being made. This is causing me no end of stress as I need to move for my job and the Highways Agency have refused to buy my property until a decision is made. Is it possible to tell me when a decision is going to be made on the garden village as I really don’t know what else to do with my property. Any help would be appreciated. Kind regards

Advice given

Dear Miss Coombes Thank you for your e-mail, which appears to relate to both the A12 – A120 widening scheme and the garden village at West Tey. In reference to the A12 to A120 Chelmsford widening scheme, this project is currently in the pre-application stage and has not yet been submitted to us by the Applicant, Highways England. It is unlikely to be submitted to the Planning Inspectorate us as an application for development consent before 2021. Information on the progress of this project can be found on the Highways England website. Once it progresses further the Planning Inspectorate will also have a dedicated webpage for this project, and you can check both websites for updates. As the project is at such an early stage, I would suggest that you approach the Applicant with any concerns you have; contact details can be found on their website. In relation to the garden village at West Tey, this appears to be a matter which is currently under consideration by our Local Plans team. As such, colleagues within that team will respond to you separately concerning this matter shortly. Yours sincerely