Adopted Local Plan
We adopted the Chelmsford Local Plan 2013-2036 in May 2020. In it, we identify the number and locations for houses, jobs and businesses we are planning for, along with the infrastructure needed to support growth.
This includes where children will go to school, where people will work, and how they will get around. It considers issues such as such as new roads, sustainable travel, access to the outdoors using green spaces and the wider countryside. We also include planning policies we use to decide planning applications, and settlement boundaries for our towns and villages to protect green spaces.
Local Plan document
This is a large document featuring detailed information, and may take some time to open. You may find it easier to view on a desktop computer, rather than on a smartphone or tablet.
This is the key to all the notations on the map. Each individual map below also includes the legend.
Policies Map insets
This map is a digital representation of the Local Plan Policies Map. You can also check the definitive printed/PDF version of the map, which is available on this page.
Development proposals should take account of both the Local Plan and the following documents, which are all part of the Development Plan for our administrative area:
- Chelmsford Town Centre Public Realm Strategy 2011
- Essex and Southend-on-Sea Waste Local Plan 2017
- Essex Coast RAMS
- Essex Minerals Local Plan 2014
- Little Baddow Neighbourhood Plan 2023
- Sandon Neighbourhood Plan 2023
- South East Inshore Marine Plan
- South Woodham Ferrers Neighbourhood Plan 2021
- West End Vision 2017
- Writtle Neighbourhood Plan 2021
The Local Plan replaces all the policies and Proposals (Policies) Maps in the following documents:
- Core Strategy Development Plan and Development Control Policies Development Plan Document (DPD), February 2008
- Chelmsford Town Centre Area Action Plan DPD, August 2008
- North Chelmsford Area Action Plan DPD, July 2011
- Site Allocations DPD, February 2012
- Core Strategy Development Plan and Development Control Policies Focused Review DPD, December 2013
We formally revoked the following Supplementary Planning Documents (SPDs):
- Making Places SPD, June 2008
- Building for Tomorrow SPD, June 2013
- Planning Obligations SPD, June 2014
We have also revoked the following informal Planning Guidance Documents:
- Affordable Housing Implementation Guide, March 2015
- Interim Residential Parking Guidance, March 2015
- Interim Recycling and Waste Guidance, September 2013
We carried out a wide range of research to help us deliver our new Local Plan, which you can view in our Evidence Base.
We have also published other documents as part of the Local Plan adoption:
- Local Plan Adoption Statement
- Final Sustainability Appraisal:
We have undertaken a wide range of research to help us develop our Local Plan, which we adopted on 27 May 2020.
We are reviewing our adopted Local Plan, and will be preparing a new evidence base to support the review.
Our evidence base includes:
- background information
- our existing strategies and planning policies
- specially commissioned studies on topics where more information is helpful to us
You can view the evidence base for the adopted Local Plan.
You can view paper copies of these documents at our Customer Service Centre.
You can also view a copy at the following libraries:
- Great Baddow
- North Melbourne
- South Woodham Ferrers
- Hatfield Peverel
- mobile library for Chelmsford area
The Green Belt is an area of land around a built-up area, which helps prevent urban sprawl.
It is a national designation, which is set out in full in the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF). There are restrictions on the types of new buildings, extensions and uses which are allowed in the Green Belt.
The Green Belt in Chelmsford covers almost 34% of the land in the south and west of the borough. It is part of London's Green Belt (also known as the Metropolitan Green Belt).
You can download an indicative map, which gives an overview of the Green Belt in Chelmsford.
You can visit our Local Plan evidence base and search for green belt to download:
- more accurate maps, showing the Green Belt on a larger scale
- our policies around protecting the Green Belt
We need to review the adopted Local Plan at least every five years.
We started that process in early 2022 and you can follow progress of the Local Plan review.
Each of our newsletters gives an overview of the different stages of developing the new Local Plan.
You can download our:
- Issues and Options newsletter from July 2016
- Preferred Options newsletter from March 2017
- Preferred Options Feedback newsletter from September 2017
- Pre-Submission newsletter from January 2018
- Submission newsletter from June 2018
- Examination newsletter from July 2019
- Adoption newsletter from June 2020
Masterplans are high level documents, which set out what we expect from a new development on strategic growth sites allocated in the Local Plan.
We use masterplans to help create excellent places to live, work and enjoy, and which are suitable for the individual site. They help us to make sure developments deliver what the area needs, while giving developers some flexibility.
You can find out more about the current and adopted Masterplans.