Chelmsford City Council

Green Belt

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

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