Chelmsford City Council

Design and masterplans

After you have analysed the site and its surroundings in your site appraisalyou should consider the ten characteristics of good design. 

These are set out in the National Design Guide and will help you shape and design the proposed development.

Not all of the ten characteristics will be applicable for all types of development. However, you should show how you have considered and addressed each within your design proposal.


If your development is part of a Strategic Growth Sites as set out in our Local Plan, you will need to follow our approved masterplan process. This is set out in more detail in Section 3 of the Making Places SPD.

You can view a list of the current and proposed masterplans.

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Last updated: 25 March 2021

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