Village Design Statement


The draft VDS was finally officially adopted by Great Maplestead Parish Council in December 2013, and then formally adopted by Braintree District Council.

The document has been distributed to every household and business in the Parish.


A VDS gives interested parties, guidance on acceptable design from the community's point of view. It improves design in our area by being applied consistently in the development control process.


It allows the council planning authorities to reject planning applications on the grounds of poor design. It will also help protect visually important buildings and open spaces.


It will not stop change from happening, but it can help how any change fits into the village.


If needed, please contact contact the Parish Clerk for further information:


Ann Crisp

New House, St Giles Close, Great Maplestead, Essex CO9 2RW

Tel: 01787 460 216



 VDS (April 2012) Survey Responses 


Details of Village Design Statements and Community led plans can be found on the Braintree District Council website here.