Braintree District Council makes the final decision on all planning applications, taking into account the comments of the Parish Council which is a statutory consultee on all applications within the parish boundary.  All current and historic planning applications can be found on Braintree District Council's Planning Portal:

Current planning applications under consideration by the Parish Council are listed on the agenda for each Parish Council meeting.  If you wish to make a comment for the attention of the Parish Council, please feel free to attend the meeting and speak in the public forum. You can also email comments for the Parish Council's consideration to the Parish Clerk at

Castle Hedingham Village Design Statement gives a detailed description of Castle Hedingham, the individual character of its main areas and the important features of its design and historical evolution. Design guidelines are provided for how these existing features should be reflected in any future development. It identifies the physical qualities and characteristics of the village and the surroundings that are valued by local people and any particular aspects they would like to conserve and protect. 

The Local Plan 2033 is one of the documents that make up the development plan for Braintree District. The full document can be viewed here:  No sites were allocated for development in Castle Hedingham: click here for the Local Plan map Castle Hedingham 2022