We adopted our new Local Plan on 27 May 2020. The Plan sets out, amongst other things, where new housing should be built in Chelmsford up to 2036.
Within the Plan, Chelmer Waterside is identified as a key location for new housing development. The area occupies an important city centre location, and comprises various parcels of land, including the former gas works site.
The area has the potential to deliver up to 970 new homes and to make the best use of the city’s waterways, given the presence of the River Chelmer and the Chelmer and Blackwater Navigation. Housing development has already been completed and continues to be delivered in this location.
We will need to address a number of constraints before new housing development is possible. These include road access, contaminated land and the presence of high pressure gas mains.
The road and bridge are the next key pieces of infrastructure needed to support this new neighbourhood in a sustainable location in the city centre.