We hold consultations on important issues in the Chelmsford area, so that local people can shape where they live and the services they receive.

Our Consultation and Engagement Strategy outlines our long-term approach to:

  • involving residents in a consistent and coordinated way
  • using corporate standards
  • adopting innovative approaches
  • following best practice

Our strategy ensures that our consultations are inclusive, accessible and a worthwhile experience for everyone involved.

Little Baddow Neighbourhood Plan referendum

We will hold a referendum on the Little Baddow Neighbourhood Plan on Thursday 17 August 2023. You can view our Upcoming elections page to find out more about the referendum and how you can vote in it, if you are eligible.

Chelmer Waterside

We consulted on the Chelmer Waterside planning framework in early 2021. You can keep up to date with the Chelmer Waterside project.

Dovedale Sports Centre

We consulted with users and non-users of Dovedale Sports Centre in early 2022, regarding improvement works. You can download the results of the Dovedale consultation and read the Dovedale press release.

East Chelmsford masterplan (near Sandford Mill)

We’ve seen a petition being shared on social media asking people to ‘Save Sandford Mill’ and there seems to be some confusion about what is planned for this area of East Chelmsford. 

We hope our explainer might give a better overview of the situation and bring a little light rather than heat to the debate.

Local Plan Review 2022

We have started a review of our adopted Local Plan and ran an Issues and Options consultation between August and October 2022. We have published feedback reports on the first stage of consultation.

Proposed PSPO for dog walking at Hylands

We are proposing to introduce a new PSPO at Hylands Park around dog walking. This is to deal with the increase in dog-related attacks and incidents and to make the park more welcoming and safer for all visitors.

The consultation closed on 11 August 2023, and we are now collating and reviewing the responses. You can stay up to date with the Hylands dogs PSPO.

SHELAA Methodology and Criteria Note

In early 2023, we consulted on the Methodology and Criteria Note we plan to use for our Strategic Housing and Employment Land Availability Assessment (SHELAA).

We have published a feedback report on the consultation and you can read more about the SHELAA and find updates on what happens next.

Taxi tariffs

Our Regulatory Committee agreed to an increase of Hackney Carriage fares on 20 October 2022. You can download the current and proposed tariffs.

The consultation period closed on 9 November 2022 and the increases took effect from Thursday 10 November 2022.

Essex County Council: Local cycling and walking routes

Essex County Council has launched a survey asking for views on proposed cycling and walking networks. The survey will help guide and inform the future direction of Essex County Council’s active travel strategy.

The results will help ECC identify key routes in Chelmsford and secure government funding, giving people of all abilities the opportunity to walk and cycle with confidence and comfort.

The survey closes on Friday 29 September 2023.

New electricity power lines (East Anglia GREEN project)

In April 2022, National Grid launched a consultation on a project to build a 180km, 400kV electricity power line in East Anglia from Norwich to Tilbury. There will also be a new substation in Tendring. 

Part of the proposed new transmission line is planned to go through the rural north and west of Chelmsford.

You can view more information on the East Anglia GREEN project page or on our new power lines page.

Bradwell B Nuclear Power Station

China Generation Nuclear Power (CGN) and EDF Energy are developing proposals to build a new nuclear power station (Bradwell B) at Bradwell-on-Sea. Some parts of the development are off-site, which will support construction, are within the Chelmsford Council area.

You can read more about the  power station development

Parliamentary boundary review

The Boundary Commission for England (BCE) is currently reviewing the parliamentary boundaries and is due to finish in 2023. 

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