Chelmsford City Council

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Masterplan submission for Strategic Growth Site 10: North of South Woodham Ferrers

The site promoters, Countryside Properties, Essex County Council Property and Bellway/Speakman have submitted their masterplan proposals for a new development on land to the north of South Woodham Ferrers.

Masterplans are high level documents that set out the broad content of development. We use masterplans to help shape excellent places to live, work and enjoy. 

Masterplans help to: 

  • show how a development relates to the existing site and surrounding area 
  • identify the location of access points and community facilities
  • show which parts of the site will be developed and which parts of the site will stay open

The masterplan must reflect our Local Plan, which stipulates the content of development on this site.

There are some key milestones during the process, such as:

  • allocating the site for development through the Local Plan
  • producing the masterplan
  • submitting an outline planning application
  • submitting a reserved matters planning application, which provides the finer detail of the proposals

The site promoter has now submitted a masterplan, reference 20/00002/MAS. We have labelled the site in our new Local Plan as “Strategic Growth Site 10: North of South Woodham Ferrers”.


The Local Plan classifies this as a Strategic Growth Site. This means we must approve the developer’s masterplan before they can make a formal planning application.

You can download the SWF Masterplan.

Some parts of these documents feature detailed information and are large in size. You may find it easier to download and view these documents on a desktop computer, rather than on a smartphone or tablet.

The public consultation on the masterplan ran from Friday 24 July 2020 for six weeks and has now closed.

The Chelmsford Policy Board considered the masterplan at a Policy Board meeting on 14 January 2021.

Policy Board recommended the masterplan to Cabinet. However, Policy Board suggested the Cabinet should consider the detail assessments of any impact assessments may be needed, as part of the future planning application process. These impact assessments relate to:

  • traffic generation
  • education provision
  • air quality
  • flood risk 

Cabinet will consider the masterplan at the Cabinet meeting on 2 March 2021.

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    Last updated: 18 February 2021

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