Chelmsford City Council

Masterplan submission for Strategic Growth Site 1b: former St Peter’s College

The site promoter, Essex Housing, has submitted its masterplan proposals for a new development on land at the former St Peter’s College, Fox Crescent.

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 built on and which parts 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 21/00002/MAS. We have labelled the site in our new Local Plan as “Strategic Growth Site 1b: former St Peter’s College, Fox Crescent.”


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 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.

Once you have viewed the documents, you can make a comment via Public Access

After you have commented, you can click on the ‘Track’ button (at the top tight of the screen). You can then get updates about progress on the masterplan, and any future planning application for this development.

If you are using a phone or tablet, you can comment using our online form.

You can also view our new Local Plan.

Next steps

The Chelmsford Policy Board considered the masterplan at its meeting on 5 July 2021.

The Board resolved that  officers should discuss with Essex County Council the access, parking and other issues raised at the meeting. Depending on the results of those discussions, Essex Housing will submit a revised plan to a future meeting of the Board.

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    Last updated: 11 October 2021

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