Chelmsford City Council

Chelmsford’s adopted Local Plan will help City address climate and housing crises

Chelmsford’s new Local Plan was formally adopted at a virtual full meeting of Chelmsford City Council last night (Wednesday 27 May). It gives the Council more powers to address the climate emergency and housing crisis, both of which the City Council has set as priorities in recent months. 

The Local Plan allocates land to meet Chelmsford’s needs for new homes, jobs, shops, open space and supporting infrastructure up to 2036 – all in a sustainable and appropriate way. 

Drawn up following significant consultation with local communities and other stakeholders, the Local Plan will also bring exciting new opportunities for businesses to grow and succeed in Chelmsford. The City Council has a vital role in creating the right conditions for our local economy to thrive, ensuring Chelmsford is viewed as a great place to invest. 

Cabinet Member for Sustainable Development, Councillor Mike Mackrory, said, “The Local Plan has been several years in the making. This marks the final stage in the process and shows the Council’s commitment to deliver on its priorities. We are fully focused on making Chelmsford a greener, safer, fairer and better-connected place to live, work and visit.” 

Councillor Stephen Robinson, Leader of Chelmsford City Council, added, “Formal adoption of our Local Plan is fantastic news. It gives us the tools we need to insist on affordable housing, infrastructure, jobs, an enhanced environment, and protect open spaces and heritage. Adoption of the Local Plan means we can manage where those homes are built, protecting the district from unplanned and speculative development.” 

More information about Chelmsford’s Local Plan can be found at

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Wednesday 3 June 2020

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