A figure of 845 new homes will be needed per year within the Braintree District, according to the findings of a new independent study.
Braintree District Council, working in partnership with Chelmsford City, Colchester Borough and Tendring District Councils, commissioned the report from leading independent consultants Peter Brett Associates.
The company assessed the housing need in the overall housing market area up to 2033.
The Government requires local authorities to undertake housing assessments to inform the preparation of their Local Plans which, once finalised, will set out how much development is needed, including housing and other infrastructure, and identify locations for growth.
Lady Newton, cabinet member for planning and housing at Braintree District Council, said: “When we looked at this last year the estimate was between 750 and 950 new homes per year.
“We now have an independently assessed figure with which to move forward.
“The figure is still significant, and we must now look to assess sites put forward, look at infrastructure and sustainability, and determine how these areas will be managed with a higher level of development.
“It is vital that the right development takes place to ensure sustainable and successful growth of the Braintree District.”