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About the Braintree district



District Map.jpgOur district offers the ideal blend for an excellent quality of life. It’s a stunning rural setting with vibrant market towns and picturesque villages and communities. But we’re also within easy access of London (an hour by road or rail), Cambridge (one hour) and connected internationally via Stansted airport.

The district covers 236 sq miles and sits between the key regional centres of Cambridge, Colchester and Chelmsford. We are one of Essex's largest districts with the fourth highest population in Essex at over 153,000, three growing market towns and surrounding rural areas. The main towns in the district are Braintree, Halstead and Witham, where approximately half of our residents live. Our towns and villages have vibrant communities, and are steeped in local heritage and character.

As well as some exciting major projects – such as the £30m Victoria Square development, the pedestrianisation of Braintree town centre and the new Horizon 120 Business and Innovation Park in Great Notley – many smaller community-focused projects are also underway, which will have a big impact on improving the quality of life for all.

Our district is one which attracts investment and warmly welcomes innovation. We are home to a number of innovative projects including a state-of-the-art vaccine and gene therapy facility, a centre of excellence for construction innovation and the UK’s first Electric Forecourt®. We’ve got global brands, life-saving technology and new thinking when it comes to attracting sustainable, innovative businesses.

Alongside the modern, there is plenty of tradition. A trip to Braintree District Museum or the Warner Textile Archive will give a glimpse into the District’s past.

See our ambitious regeneration plans for the Victoria Square Development in Manor Street:

There’s plenty going on to suit all tastes. We benefit from excellent leisure facilities that include seven golf courses and three modern leisure facilities. Destinations such as the Braintree Village Outlet Shopping Centre on our doorstep and our popular street markets offer a fantastic retail experience.

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