Chelmsford City Council

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Have your say on three new planning documents

Chelmsford City Council is inviting comments on three draft planning documents, which help to implement its recently adopted Local Plan – and following previous consultations, has adopted two more.

South Woodham Ferrers Neighbourhood Plan

This has been developed by South Woodham Ferrers (SWF) Town Council and proposes local planning policies for SWF. Once adopted, it will become part of Chelmsford’s Local Plan. Consultation starts at 10am on Thursday 1 October and closes at 4pm on Thursday 12 November.

Making Places Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) 

This document is about making sure developments built here are high-quality and sustainable. It sets out the standards the City Council will ask for when considering all future planning proposals, from big developments to small house extensions. Consultation starts at 10am on Thursday 15 October and closes at 4pm on Thursday 12 November.

Planning Obligations Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) 

This sets out the Council’s approach towards asking for financial contributions to the community when considering planning applications. It identifies when contributions may be asked for, depending on the scale of development, and how much. Consultation starts at 10am on Thursday 15 October and closes at 4pm on Thursday 12 November. 

You can read and comment on all three documents on Chelmsford City Council’s Consultation Portal at or on the consultation page at 

Comments can also be sent in via email (please include your name) to:, by post to: Planning Policy Team, Spatial Planning Services, Chelmsford City Council, Civic Centre, Duke Street, Chelmsford, CM1 1JE, or in person: Monday to Friday, 10am to 4pm - Customer Service Centre, Civic Centre, Duke Street, Chelmsford, CM1 1JE.

Paper copies will be made available for viewing as soon as practicable at the Council’s Customer Service Centre, which is currently open for reduced hours. If you want to view the consultation documents in person, please call to make an appointment first on 01245 606606. For the latest opening restrictions, please visit 

Two new planning documents were adopted at the Council’s Cabinet meeting on Tuesday 8 September:

Statement of Community Involvement 

This sets out the Council’s strategy for involving you in planning matters. It includes different types of consultation and engagement, how we will involve you in making planning policy and when considering planning applications, who we will consult and the ways we will consult them. More information can be found at

Essex Coast RAMS Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) 

This strategy is vital for protecting rare birds in our local area. It’s a supporting document which councils and developers use in their daily work to reduce pressure from visitors. The actions in it will be funded through a charge to developers for each house they build. More information can be found at

Tuesday 29 September 2020

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