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Title: North Essex : consultation report, February 1998
Author: Environment Agency Anglian Region
Document Type: Monograph
This Consultation Report is the first stage in the Local Environment Agency Plan (LEAP) process for the North Essex Plan area. It provides a framework for Consultation and also a means of seeking commitment from those involved to realise the full environmental potential of the Plan area. Whilst the Plan will be a focus for the Environment Agencys actions factors such as partnership, public participation and the involvement of business communities will be essential to secure success. LEAPs rely to a large extent on building and promoting partnerships. Where improvement works are requires to overcome local issues we aim to work with other organisations and individuals to promote a feeling of joint ownership and to initiate joint funding opportunities. This Plan includes relevant information about the North Essex area and lists the issues that the Environment Agency have identified and which need to be addressed. It will be essential reading for everyone concerned with the future of the Plan area. The North Essex Plan area has an undulating topography with the plateau being dissected by small, steep-sided valleys. The area is characterised by small to medium-scale fields and numerous small farm copses and hedgerows with trees that create a natural appearance. However, in places, a large-scale modem arable field pattern overlies earlier field patterns, giving an open feel which is emphasised by the loss of large elm trees through disease. The area has exceptionally attractive medieval towns and large villages with magnificent churches, picturesque timber-framed and colour-washed houses, occasional moated farmhouses, ponds and greens. These settlements have long-established market town functions that serve the surrounding area. Many of these are linked by narrow, winding and sunken lanes, often lined by hedges and grassy banks. In the south east part of the Plan area, parkland is more common, associated with a few large estates and manor houses.
Publisher: Environment Agency
Publication Date: 1998
Publication Place: Peterborough
Subject Keywords: ConsultationLocal action plans (EA)Water qualityRiversFlood controlBiodiversityNature conservationEnvironmental management
Geographic Keywords: EssexCombined Essex catchment
Extent: 132; + appendices
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