Chelmsford City Council

Supplementary Planning Documents and planning advice notes

In our Supplementary Planning Documents (SPDs), we set out more detailed advice and guidance on how we implement our Local Plan. SPDs support our Local Plan and we use them as an important material planning consideration when we make decisions. Our SPDs cover a range of topics. 

We have also published some planning advice notes in response to common queries, changes in national policy or updated evidence.

This seeks to promote and secure high-quality sustainable new development. It is aimed at all forms of development, from large strategic developments, public spaces and places, to small extensions to individual homes.

It sets out detailed guidance on the standards included in Chelmsford’s Local Plan for future planning proposals. It also shows how development can go beyond planning policy requirements to create the most sustainable and environmentally friendly development.

Making Places Supplementary Planning Document

Self Build and Custom Build Design Code Template

This sets out how we will seek planning obligations when considering planning applications. 

It identifies topic areas where planning obligations and possible contributions would be applicable, whether financial or otherwise. This can include providing things like affordable housing, open space, environmental improvements or community facilities, and/or paying financial contributions towards them.

Along with our Community Infrastructure Levy Charging Schedule, the SPD gives clear guidelines to developers, landowners and stakeholders. It sets out the likely scope and scale of planning obligations applicable to different sorts of development. 

Planning Obligations Supplementary Planning Document

 

Self Build and Custom Build Design Code Template

This SPD gives guidance on how to prepare and submit planning proposals for solar farms, and how we assess them.

It considers and applies advice from a number of sources, including the requirements of National Planning Policy and Guidance, local planning policies and other relevant strategies.

It provides practical advice when considering solar farm proposals, and can be used by:

  • solar farm applicants
  • council planners
  • local stakeholders and communities

You can download the:

This advice note clarifies how we determine if a developer can provide natural and semi-natural open space on site. It also sets out how we calculate a financial contribution in lieu if the developer can’t meet it on site. 

It uses the financial information provided in Tables 7 and 8 of the Planning Obligations SPD and provides worked examples for clarity. 

You can download the Open Space Planning Advice Note

This advice note summarises the demand for self-build and custom build homes. It provides up-to-date information on the size of homes applicants want, and their incomes and savings. 

It includes demand for different types of property and basic affordability analysis. We will update the information in this advice note quarterly. 

You can download the Self-Build and Custom Build: Planning Advice Note.

This advice note summarises the need for specialist residential accommodation we have identified when preparing a new Chelmsford Housing Strategy. 

It provides a method for calculating a commuted sum in lieu of on-site specialist residential accommodation. This method is also a flexible way for the Local Plan to meet the specialist housing needs we have identified in the emerging housing strategy.

You can download the Specialist Residential Accommodation: Planning Advice Note.

This advice note summarises the need for affordable wheelchair-accessible homes, using information from our Housing Register. 

It shows the bedroom size of wheelchair accessible accommodation needed for households in the highest housing need. We will update the information in this advice note in April each year.

You can download the  Wheelchair Accessible Homes: Planning Advice Note.

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Last updated: 30 November 2021

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