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 2018.

The consultation has now closed. We are currently reviewing the comments, and will be publishing feedback reports later this year.


2. Preferred options


The consultation on the Preferred Options for the draft Local Plan has now closed. This was the second stage of consultation on the new Local Plan.


Feedback and Committee report

We have produced a Consultation Feedback Note setting out the initial feedback. Our Development Policy Committee discussed this on Thursday 13 July. You can still view the agenda for this meeting.

No discussions took place on any proposed site locations at this meeting. The Consultation Feedback Note:

  • summarises the number of responses we received
  • reports on the main issues raised from the comments we have analysed so far

This report does not:

  • provide any response to the comments we received
  • indicate any changes which we may make to the proposed new Local Plan


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.


Email issues 

Due to a technical issue, we did not receive some of the emails sent to from the afternoon of 9 May to the morning of 10 May. The email issue did not affect other ways of making comments, such as through the Consultation Portal.

If you think you submitted a comment but did not receive an acknowledgement, you need to check your junk mailbox. If you have evidence of your original email, you can contact our Helpline on 01245 606330.


Next steps

We are continuing to analyse the feedback of the Preferred Options consultation. When we have completed this, we will use the responses, alongside our evidence base and government policy, to progress to the next stage of the Local Plan.

This stage is the Local Plan Pre-Submission.

We will keep you up to date with the progress, and will publish the submissions to the Call for Sites 2017 later this year.


Main consultation 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 published a summary of the Preferred Options in the Local Plan Summary (Newsletter 2).

We held a series of drop-in sessions in areas where there is proposed development. You can still read the exhibition panels online.

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.

March 2017 to May 2017
Feedback stage

Mandatory field

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