Chelmsford, England’s newest city, is one of the fastest growing locations in the South-East. The City is building close to 1,000 new homes and 700 jobs per year. With a thriving City Centre, 13 Green Flag parks and a population forecast to reach 200,000 by 2035, Chelmsford has a very bright future.

The City’s growth is taking place within the City Centre and in some key strategic locations beyond the City Centre. Beaulieu and Channels in North Chelmsford is delivering 4,350 new homes, 3 new schools, a business park and a new rail station, whilst in the City Centre recent developments such as Marconi Evolution, City Park West and now Chelmer Waterside are bringing forward over 2,000 new homes. The new Local Plan for Chelmsford has identified land for 9,000 new homes in 3 growth locations.

The City Council has a strong track record of delivering high quality new neighbourhoods through its local plans, design frameworks, master planning and site specific guidance. It has specialists in urban design, public realm, heritage and conservation who have a strong track record of working with the development sector to deliver excellent new places.

Chelmsford City Council Local guidance Countywide / Subregional Not currently available
Local Development Plan      
Adopted Local Plan    
Draft Local Plan      
Development Viability      
Developer Contributions      
Greater Essex Growth and Infrastructure Framework (GIF)    
Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL)    
Development and Urban Design      
Neighbourhood planning    
Planning Policy    
Design Guidance    
Parking Policy    
Health and Wellbeing      
Health Impact Assessment (HIA)    
Accessible and Adaptable Dwellings    
National Space Standards    
Essex Insight Public Health Profile    
Open Space Appraisal     ● 
Open Space Strategy    
Playing Pitch Assessment    
Climate Change and Flood Risk      
Strategic Flood Risk Assessment (SFRA)    
Water Cycle Study      
Surface Water Management Plan (SWMP)  
Sustainable Drainage Systems Design Guide    
Environment Quality      
Landscape Character Assessment
Green Space Strategy    
Historic Characterisation    
Local Wildlife Site Review    
Conservation Area Appraisals    
Transport and Communications Infrastructure      
Highways Standards      
Cycling Strategy    
Local Transport Plan    
Protected Lanes      
Economy & Retails      
Economic Development Needs Assessment (EDNA)    
Retail Needs Assessment    
Strategic Housing Market Assessment (SHMA)    
Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment (SHLAA)    
Gypsy & Traveller Accommodation Assessment  
Green Belt      
Green Belt Functions Assessment    
Green Belt Landscape Assessment      
Green Belt Boundary Review      


Policies for Chelmsford District:

New Local Plan

Cycling Strategy

Parks and Green Spaces Strategy

Parking Standards

Highway Standards

Page updated: 3/09/2019

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