Chelmsford City Council

Masterplan submission for Strategic Growth Site 2: West Chelmsford

The developer Crest Nicholson have submitted revised plans for a new development at land to the north of Roxwell Road. It is known locally as Warren Farm. 

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 a planning application
  • submitting a reserved matters planning application, which provides the finer detail of the proposals

Crest Nicholson has submitted a revised masterplan, following initial consultation in November 2018. The reference remains 18/00001/MAS. 

We have labelled the site in our new Local Plan as “Strategic Growth Site 2: West Chelmsford”. 


We have categorised this site as a Strategic Growth Site. This means we must approve a developer’s masterplan before we approve a formal planning application. 

As part of the masterplan approval process, Crest Nicholson held a public exhibition in November 2018. The revised masterplan follows the initial period of public consultation and seeks to address the responses from this exercise.

You can download the revised masterplan (17mb).

Some 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


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    Last updated: 25 June 2020

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