The need for new homes and jobs means that Chelmsford will continue to grow. Chelmsford City Council’s new Local Plan is the community’s opportunity to help shape how Chelmsford should develop and improve to 2036 and beyond.
Following two previous periods of consultation on the Local Plan, the final consultation document called, the ‘Pre-Submission’ Local Plan, will be presented to Development Policy Committee on 18 January 2018. If agreed, consultation will take place for six weeks from 31 January to 14 March 2018.
The Pre-Submission Local Plan identifies how many houses, jobs and businesses are being planned for and their locations, along with other things needed to support growth. This includes where children will go to school, where people will work, and how they will get around. The aim is to get the right type of development in the right places to meet the growing needs of local people and businesses, while protecting our environment.
The Pre-Submission Local Plan includes plans showing the new site allocations and sets out draft planning policies which will be used to determine future planning applications.
The Committee papers can be read on the City Council’s website five days before the meeting, at www.chelmsford.gov.uk/your-council/committees-and-meetings/calendar-of-meetings/?id=bd7643bb-0f6f-452d-a7a8-7f95a9ef78d4
No decisions will be made on the Local Plan itself at the meeting, but the report seeks agreement for a further round of consultation, and presents updates on some of the evidence which supports the plan.
The Council will encourage as many people and organisations as possible to have their say on the Pre-Submission document and on its Sustainability and Habitat Assessments when the consultation starts at the end of January. The best way to find out more is online, using the specially designed Consultation Portal.
Visit www.chelmsford.gov.uk/planningpolicyconsult to read the consultation documents, sign up for alerts to future consultations, and find out more about how the Consultation Portal works. You can register at any time. Using the Portal means your comments can be accurately recorded and quickly processed.
You can also find more information, and documents for downloading from the start of the consultation, at www.chelmsford.gov.uk/new-local-plan. To get in touch, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01245 606330.
Wednesday 10 January 2018