Marks Tey Neighbourhood Plan

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4. Further Exploration of the Key Issues Through the Marks Tey Masterplanning Support Work and the Marks Tey Character Assessment

Out Design Masterplanning Support Document

4.1 During the autumn of 2017, and after the NP steering group had undertaken early community engagement and an appraisal of the strengths, weaknesses, threats and opportunities, the NP steering group received master-planning support from Out Design. The work was informed by a combination of baseline research and engagement with the NP steering group. The engagement took the form of two master-planning support workshops. As part of this work Out Design provided an urban design analysis of the plan area. A summary of this analysis taken from the document under the sub-heading A place with a distinct character and pattern of development, streets and spaces, roofscapes and building materials is:

"Marks Tey supports a variety of housing and employment uses that reflect the architectural style of the period within which they were constructed. The majority of homes are located within Marks Tey housing estate developed in the 1970's."

"Properties fronting Coggeshall Road vary in age and style with a predominance of two storey semi-detached and detached properties. Most properties are set back from the road, however the more historic properties here front directly onto the busy 'A' road providing a degree of enclosure and overlooking.

The predominant building material is red brick with slate roof tiles however there are a wide variety of other materials including white render, timber cladding and occasional historic properties with thatched roofs."

Marks Tey's character is defined to a greater extent by its relationship with the strategic highways and rail lines that pass through the village. The A12/A120 and railway infrastructure effectively sever the village and create a series of dispersed residential areas. In addition to the physical severance the strategic road and rail lines create adverse visual and noise impacts.

Notwithstanding the negative impact of the highway network, Marks Tey sits within an attractive rural setting characterised by gently undulating agricultural land bounded by mature hedgerows and trees. The open nature of the landscape provides residents with views of the wider countryside and glimpses of the areas historic buildings from numerous view points. These buildings include St. James the Less Church at Little Tey and St. Andrew's Church at Marks Tey and the historic Marks Tey Hall, the former parish Manor House.

These historic listed buildings sit within established historic landscape settings that help define Marks Tey's character."

Source: extracts from Marks Tey Masterplanning Support December 2017

4.2 A visual illustration of the key characteristics is provided in Figure 4.1 below which has been extracted from the masterplanning support document. Table 3 provides an explanation of the map symbols.

Map 4.1 - Urban design analysis of plan area undertaken by Out Design 2017

Table 4.1: Key to Map 4.1

Map Symbol


A120 road characterised by poor pedestrian and cycling environment with traffic travelling at high speeds

Severance (physical barrier) created by A120/A12


A120/A12 interchange

Poor pedestrian access

Poor pedestrian access across the railway line

Settlement Edge

Brick pit SSSI

Local centre

Landmark building

Locally valued views:

1.St James the Less Church, Little Tey

2. A120 to St Andrews Church, Marks Tey

3. Railbridge to St Andrew's Church

4. Long Green looking south west

Employment site

Public open space

Marks Tey Character Assessment

4.3 The Marks Tey Character Assessment has been prepared by volunteers in the Neighbourhood Plan steering group. This work provides further detail on the parish's qualities, including those aspects (e.g. viewpoints, locally valued landscape features and buildings) which are most valued by the wider community. The Character Assessment is a key evidence base document supporting this plan and has been subject to formal consultation during the pre-submission stage. The document is available to view on the Parish Council website and, once at submission stage, will be available to view on the Colchester Borough website.

4.4 A key output of the Marks Tey Character Assessment were 5 character area maps identifying

  • Important sites of local value (for example tree and hedgerow lined ancient lanes)
  • Key views towards heritage assets
  • Key views of the wider landscape
  • Listed buildings
  • Non-designated heritage assets
  • Important pedestrian links

Map 4.2– Map of the NP area divided into five character areas

Map 4.3 Character area 1 – Little Tey

Map 4.4 Character area 2a – Long Green

Map 4.5 Character area 2b – Potts Green

Map 4.6 Character area 3a – Roman River

Map 4.7 Character area 3b – The Village

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