Chelmsford City Council

Help shape plans for Chelmer Waterside Development

Chelmsford City Council is consulting on a new planning framework to guide a major regeneration scheme to the east of the city centre. 

The adopted Chelmsford Local Plan has confirmed Chelmer Waterside as an area to provide around 1,100 new homes, enhanced access to the waterways and community facilities. This document is the next step, to set down some broad principles for how the area will look. (Details come later in a planning application.) View the document and comment until Friday 19 March 2021 by visiting: www.chelmsford.gov.uk/waterside

Chelmer Waterside is a large expanse of land to the east of the city centre. The area used to be a large gas works and some areas are still industrial. At the far end of the peninsula an approved housing scheme of 446 new homes is already under construction and this represents the first phase of this area’s exciting transformation. The next step is to set up a guiding vision to plan out how the whole area will look. 

Councillor Chris Davidson, Cabinet Member for a Fairer Chelmsford, said, “We want to make sure this is a high-quality, new neighbourhood with a wide range of benefits to the community. The plan aims to steer development toward specific outcomes, such as making sure residents can walk or cycle instead of drive to local destinations, and making sure new buildings use the latest sustainable construction standards.” 

Leader of the Council, Stephen Robinson, added, “For many years I've wanted the Council to breathe new life into Chelmsford’s waterways and make the most of this fantastic asset. For too long Chelmsford development has ignored our rivers. 

This development framework outlines an ambition for a lock, to enable water-borne traffic to access central Chelmsford for the first time in generations. It will also enhance the nature and wildlife of the area and create a great example of sustainable, city-centre living.” 

The area needs considerable new infrastructure to enable the housing and other development. The City Council has secured Government funding via Homes England to bring some of those key projects forward before, or in tandem with, development so that we can deliver new housing sooner. 

The Chelmer Waterside Development Framework sets out how those key projects relate to redevelopment of the area and when they are expected to be delivered. The Chelmer Waterside Development Framework has been created to show how the area could be developed in a co-ordinated and connected way. Once approved, this document will be used as part of the planning process to guide developers towards achieving all of those positive outcomes. 

You can view the document and share your views with the City Council until Friday 19 March 2021 by visiting: www.chelmsford.gov.uk/waterside.

Thursday 18 February 2021

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