Chelmsford City Council

Developing the new Local Plan

We are currently working on a new Local Plan, which will shape future growth and development in Chelmsford until 2036.

The new Local Plan will replace our existing plans, and will make sure that the right types of developments are built in the right places.

We will continue to develop the new local plan over the next year, before we adopt it in early 2019.

We report the progress we are making in developing the Local Plan to our Development Policy Committee.

 

Current stage

We are currently on the pre-submission stage of developing the new Local Plan, which is the third stage.
  

Consultation took place between November 2015 and January 2016 on the:
  • Local Plan Issues and Options Consultation document
  • Sustainability Appraisal
  • Non-Technical Summary

We carefully considered the responses, and used them to prepare the second stage of the Local Plan, called the Preferred Options.

You can view and download the feedback reports.

You can view comments on the Issues and Options through our Consultation Portal.

The consultation on the Preferred Options for the draft Local Plan took place between March and May 2017.

 

Feedback report

We produced a  Feedback Report setting out the feedback on the Preferred Options Consultation Document.

The Feedback Report:

  • summarises the number of responses we received
  • reports on the main issues
  • sets out how we have taken the comments into consideration
  • lists the main changes we made to the Pre-Submission Local Plan as a result consultation

We have also published a Feedback Report on the Sustainability Appraisal and Habitats Regulations Assessment.

 

How to view the comments

You can visit our online Consultation Portal to view all the individual responses to the:

  • Preferred Options Local Plan
  • Sustainability Appraisal
  • Non-Technical Summary
  • Habitats Regulations Assessment

You can also download and read our guide about how to view the comments.

  

Main consultation documents

Consultation is closed on this stage of the Local Plan, but you can still read the Preferred Options documents. Many of these documents have over 100 pages, 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. 

Local Plan Preferred Options Document

This is the main document containing all the proposals for development.

  

Preferred Options Proposals Maps (Map Legend, North, South, Maps 1 to 3 and Insets 4 to 35)

These maps show all the proposed site allocations and areas for protection in the Preferred Options.

  

Other consultation documents

Preferred Options Sustainability Appraisal

This is the full sustainability appraisal.

 

Non-Technical Summary to the Preferred Options Sustainability Appraisal

This is a summary of the sustainability appraisal.

 

Preferred Options Habitats Regulations Assessment

This reports on potential impacts of the Preferred Options on the European habitat sites.

 

Sustainability Appraisal and Habitats Regulations Assessment Summary Leaflet

This summarises the sustainability and habitats assessments. 

  

Background information

We have undertaken a wide range of research to help us develop our new Local Plan. This research, and its findings, forms our evidence base.
 

This is our final stage of consultation on the draft Local Plan.

The consultation will run for six weeks from 31 January to 14 March 2018.

This consultation focuses on legal compliance and consistency with national policy.

For this consultation, we need to know whether you:

  • support or object to the Local Plan
  • think we have met the legal requirements
  • think the Local plan meets the tests of soundness

The tests of soundness are whether we have prepared the Local Plan positively, and that it is:

  • justified
  • effective
  • consistent with national policy

We will collate and submit these comments to the Planning Inspector at the end of the consultation.

In this section, you can find out about:

  

Consultation documents

The documents we are consulting on are the:

Pre-Submission Local Plan

This is the main document containing all the proposals for development.


Pre-Submission Local Plan Policies Map (Map Legend, North, South, Maps 1, 2, and 3 and Insets 4 to 40)

These maps show the site allocations and areas for protection in the Pre-Submission.

 

Sustainability Appraisal

This is the full sustainability appraisal.

 

Habitats Regulations Assessment

This reports on potential impacts of the Pre-Submission Local Plan on the European habitat sites.

 

Supporting documents

We have published other background documents to support the consultation.

 

Statement of Representations

This is the legal statement setting out how and when we will consult.


Consultation Guidance Notes

These notes give guidance on how you can make your comments.

 

Pre-Submission SA and HRA Summary Leaflet

This summarises key points from the Sustainability Appraisal and Habitats Regulations Assessment.


Issues and Options Feedback

A summary of the feedback from the Issues and Options consultation in winter 2015/16.


Issues and Options You Said, We Did

How we have dealt with comments we received during the Issues and Options consultation in winter 2015/16.


Preferred Options Feedback

A summary of feedback and how we dealt with comments we received during the Preferred Options consultation in early 2017.


Evidence base

A large number of evidence base documents support our Local Plan. You can download and view documents from the evidence base.

 

Local Plan newsletter

We have also published a new Local Plan newsletter, which gives a brief summary of the Pre-Submission Local Plan.

  

Chelmsford North East Bypass

As part of the consultation, Essex County Council is proposing an updated safeguarded area for the Chelmsford North East Bypass. This is to ensure there is enough space for the bypass, and that Essex County Council can build and connect it to the road network.

You can download a summary leaflet for more information.

 

Reading the documents

You can also read these documents:

  • on our Consultation Portal
  • at our Customer Service Centre, Civic Centre, Duke Street, Chelmsford, CM1 1JE (Monday to Friday between 8:45am and 4:45pm)
  • at a library in the Chelmsford area

If you can't access the documents on a computer, you can contact us to request paper copies. You will need to pay for the printing and postage costs of paper copies.

  

Visiting an exhibition

You can find out more about the new Local Plan at one of our drop in exhibitions. You can view the list for the latest locations, dates and times.

These times and locations may change, so we advise that you check the session is still taking place before you come along.

You can download and read the exhibition panels that will be on display.

  

Making your comments

Using the portal

To make a comment on this consultation, you will need to use our Consultation Portal.

You need to register on the Consultation Portal to make your comments. You can register at any time.

On the portal, you can:

  • edit your comments before you submit them
  • save a draft of your comments and return to submit them later
  • upload supporting documents

To make sure you do not lose your comments, you need to regularly save them using the Save as Draft button. After an hour, the system will time out.

When you make your comments, you need to say which document and section or paragraph you are commenting on. You do not need to answer all the questions.

If you need guidance about making comments on the portal, you can download our Consultation Guidance Notes.

  

Using a form

If you are unable to make your comments using the Consultation Portal, you can download a comment form.

You can fill in the form electronically. You will need to:

  • download the form and save it on your computer
  • fill it in
  • email it to us using the email address on the form

You can also print the form and fill it in by hand, then return it to us at the address on the form.

You will need to complete a separate continuation sheet for additional comments.

You can indicate on the form if you want to take part and speak at the Examination hearing. You can also indicate if you would like us to notify you about our:

  • submission of the Plan
  • publication of the Inspector's report
  • adoption of the Plan

When we receive your comments, we will record them on the Consultation Portal to make sure we deal with them alongside the online comments.

  

SLAA submissions 

We will be accepting new SLAA submissions during the Pre-Submission consultation period. This is only for sites that are new submissions, or for sites that had significant changes.

You can submit all information on the SLAA Submissions 2018 form on the Consultation Portal. We will publish this form on 31 January.

  

After the consultation

Once the consultation has closed on 14 March 2018, we will assess the responses and report the main issues to the Development Policy Committee.

After this, a Planning Inspector will hold an independent examination of:

  • the Pre-Submission Local Plan
  • all the consultation responses
  • the full evidence base

The Planning Inspector will decide whether the new Local Plan is sound, and tell us if we need to make changes before we adopt it.

 

We will amend the draft Local Plan in line with the consultations, and submit it to the Secretary of State.

This stage will take place in summer 2018.
  

An independent examiner will establish whether the new Local Plan is sound and tell us if we need to make any changes.

This stage will take place in autumn 2018.

We will make the changes the independent examiner recommends, and adopt the new Local Plan.

This stage will take place in early 2019.

  
Local Development Scheme

We have set out what Local Plan documents we will prepare and a timetable in our Local Development Scheme.

  

Statement of Community Involvement

Our Statement of Community Involvement sets out how and when community involvement will take place, and what organisations and individuals we will consult.
  

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