Chelmsford City Council

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Local Plan adoption

We adopted the Chelmsford Local Plan 2013-2036 on 27 May 2020.

Councillors approved it at an Extraordinary Meeting of the Council on 27 May 2020 during a virtual meeting.

They also agreed to allow any minor layout changes or corrections before we publish the Local Plan in its final format. While we do that, you can view the Local Plan on the agenda page at Appendix 6, and the Policies Map at Appendix 4. 

We have also published other documents as part of the Local Plan adoption:


Viewing documents in person

We will make paper copies of these documents available at our Customer Service Centre as soon as possible. We will update this page when we have done this.

We will also send a copy to the following libraries:

  • Broomfield
  • Danbury
  • Galleywood
  • Great Baddow
  • North Melbourne
  • South Woodham Ferrers
  • Springfield
  • Stock
  • Writtle
  • Billericay
  • Braintree
  • Hatfield Peverel
  • Ingatestone
  • Wickford
  • Mobile Library for Chelmsford area

We suggest you  check with the library  before making a special journey. 

Supporting documents

The Local Plan is our long-term strategy to ensure Chelmsford can meet local needs for:

  • new homes
  • employment
  • shops
  • open space
  • supporting infrastructure

We developed the Local Plan following significant consultation with local communities and other stakeholders.

Development proposals should take account of both the Local Plan and the following documents, which are all part of the Development Plan for our administrative area:

The Local Plan replaces all the policies and Proposals (Policies) Maps in the following documents:

  • Core Strategy Development Plan and Development Control Policies Development Plan Document (DPD), February 2008
  • Chelmsford Town Centre Area Action Plan DPD, August 2008
  • North Chelmsford Area Action Plan DPD, July 2011
  • Site Allocations DPD, February 2012
  • Core Strategy Development Plan and Development Control Policies Focused Review DPD, December 2013

We are formally revoking the following Supplementary Planning Documents (SPD), prepared to support the above DPDs, as required under Regulation 15 of the Town and Country Planning (Local Planning) (England) Regulations 2012: 

  • Making Places SPD, June 2008
  • Building for Tomorrow SPD, June 2013
  • Planning Obligations SPD, June 2014

In addition, we are also revoking the following informal Planning Guidance Documents:

  • Affordable Housing Implementation Guide, March 2015
  • Interim Residential Parking Guidance, March 2015
  • Interim Recycling and Waste Guidance, September 2013

Our newsletters

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

You can download our:


Chelmsford gets new infrastructure funding 

A £218m Forward Funding Housing Infrastructure Fund (HIF) bid submitted for the new rail station and Chelmsford North East By-pass has been confirmed by Government. You can find out what this means for Chelmsford.

Chelmsford Garden Village gets £150,000

Chelmsford Garden Village has received support and financial backingof £150,000 from the UK Government as one of 19 new villages to receive funding through the Garden Communities Programme.

We made the Main Modifications set out in the Inspector’s Reportto make the Local Plan sound. 

They involved changes or insertions to policies and text in the Pre-Submission Local Plan to enable us to adopt the Plan. These Main Modifications replaced the earlier Schedule of Proposed Main Modifications (EX047).

Some Main Modifications resulted in consequential changes to the Policies Map. You can see these on the  Proposed Policies Map changes (EX049)

In addition, we proposed a number of  Additional Modifications (EX048) to the submitted Local Plan. These are mainly factual updates of the supporting text. 

While we were preparing the Local Plan for adoption, we updated the Additional Modifications Schedule to include:  

  • issues raised during the consultation 
  • changes from the Inspector’s Report 
  • final corrections  
  • factual updates

We also included small amendments to the Policies Map which have resulted from these changes.  

You should refer to the Schedule of Additional Changes to make sure you can see all the changes. Councillors considered this at the  Extraordinary Meeting of the Council on Wednesday 27 May, where they adopted the Local Plan. 

The Secretary of State appointed Yvonne Wright BSc (Hons) DipTP MSc DMS MRTPI as the inspector.

The Independent Examination hearing sessions took place in November and December 2018 and ended on 13 December 2018.

What the Local Plan includes

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


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 four 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
  • Main Modifications, from August 2019 to September 2019

We carefully considered all the comments we received in the first three consultations, and used them to progress the Local Plan to submission stage. We have sent all the comments we received on the Main Modifications to the Planning Inspector holding the Examination.

You can:


Local Development Scheme

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

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Last updated: 27 August 2020

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