Chelmsford City Council

Developing the new Local Plan

We submitted the draft Local Plan to the Secretary of State on 29 June 2018.


The draft Local Plan includes:

  • around 8,800 houses on new site allocations
  • around 1,300 houses on sites not identified (windfalls)
  • around 11,700 new homes which already have planning permission
  • 10 Gypsy and Traveller pitches
  • 24 Travelling Showpeople plots
  • 725 new jobs a year
  • 55,000 square metres of business and employment space
  • protection for the green belt, valued landscapes, heritage assets, and areas for wildlife and nature conservation
  • supporting infrastructure including schools, roads, transport improvements, and community and leisure facilities
  • planning polices which we will use to determine planning applications


Examination hearing session dates

During the examination, the inspector will hold hearing sessions on principal matters that she identifies from the representations we received during the pre-submission consultation.

We will add the dates for the hearing sessions, as well as guidance notes, when the inspector confirms them.


The inspector

The Secretary of State has appointed Yvonne Wright BSc (Hons) DipT&CP MSc MRTPI as the inspector.

She will undertake the independent examination into the Local Plan, and tell us if we need to make any changes.

The inspector will apply tests of soundness, which assess if:

  • we have prepared the Local Plan in accordance with the Duty to Co-operate
  • the Local Plan is legally compliant
  • the Local Plan is consistent with national policy


The programme officer

We have appointed a Programme Officer, an independent officer who will organised and manage the administrative and procedural matters of the examination.

Our Programme Officer is Andrea Copsey. 

For any queries about the Local Plan Examination, you can contact Andrea:


Evidence base

The evidence base contains the background and technical documents we used to prepare the Local Plan. These include housing, traffic, landscape and sustainability. We have also been working with our partners to understand infrastructure needs.


Consultation stages

We have carried out three stages of consultation on the Local Plan.

Issues and Options, from November 2015 to January 2016

Preferred Options, from March 2017 to May 2017

Pre-Submission, from January 2018 to March 2018

We carefully considered all the comments we received in these consultations, and used them to progress the Local Plan to submission stage.

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We will produce a number of documents to help the examination. We will publish these documents as we create them, with the newest at the top of the list.

SOCG06Statement of Common Ground Anglian WaterChelmsford City CouncilSeptember 2018
SOCG05Statement of Common Ground Sport EnglandChelmsford City CouncilSeptember 2018
SOCG04Statement of Common Ground Environment AgencyChelmsford City CouncilSeptember 2018
PSD001Chelmsford City Local Plan Regulation 19 Consultation - Resolution of Basildon Council ObjectionsBasildon Council29 June 2018

We sent these Submission Documents to the inspector on 29 June 2018:

We also sent a range of:

  • evidence base documents
  • topic papers
  • statements of common ground


You can look at our evidence base to download and view these documents.


Viewing the documents

You can download and view the Submission Documents from the list. Some of the documents are large in size. You may find it easier to download these documents on a desktop computer, rather than on a smartphone or tablet.

You can also view the Submission Documents at:



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.


Our newsletters

Each of our newsletters gives an overview of the different stages of developing the new Local Plan.

You can download our:


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