EGT provides informed comment when gardens or designed landscapes are implicated by contemporary development. This requires us to comment national Government development policy, Local Development Framework plans, on local planning applications, or pre-application stage proposals.  In all cases, EGT's role is to highlight the importance of gardens and landscape, and evaluate the implications of proposed development.

EGT understands that landscape and gardens are ever-changing, and must respond to current and future societal needs.  Often, development of some kind is required to provide a viable future for a landscape or garden. In such cases, EGT can suggest ways in which the impact of development might be mitigated.

The work of EGT's Garden History team is vital to its role in contemporary Planning & Development. The detailed inventories it prepares of every Essex district help to identify important heritage sites across the county. Many have importance at only a local level and therefore may not be protected by the National Heritage list.

If you would like to bring to the Trust’s attention a particular planning application or are seeking some initial, proactive advice, then please e-mail our Conservation team.