Get involved with the new Local Plan

February 27, 2017

Get involved with the new Local Plan




Chelmsford continues to grow, and Chelmsford City Council’s new Local Plan is the community’s opportunity to help shape how Chelmsford should develop and improve to 2036 and beyond.


The next stage, the ‘Preferred Options’ version of the Draft Local Plan, will be presented to Development Policy Committee on Thursday 9 March, for agreement to consult from late March for six weeks.   


The Preferred Options document identifies how many houses, jobs and businesses are being planned for and their locations, along with other things needed to support growth, such as where children will go to school, where people will work, and how they will get around. The aim is to get the right type of development in the right places to meet the growing needs of local people and businesses, while protecting our environment.


Residents will also be consulted on draft planning policies, which will be used to determine future planning applications. The Preferred Options will also include plans showing preferred site allocations, and areas for protection.


The Council wants to encourage as many people and organisations as possible to have their say on the Preferred Options document and on its sustainability and habitat assessments.


The best way to find out more is online, using the specially designed Consultation Portal. Visit to read the consultation documents, sign up for alerts to future consultations, and find out more about how the Consultation Portal works. You can register at any time. Using the Portal means your comments can be accurately recorded and quickly processed.  


You can also find more information, and documents for downloading during the consultation period, at To get in touch, email or call 01245 606330.

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