Chelmsford City Council Draft Local Plan Consultation

Chelmsford City Council Draft Local Plan Consultation

Please click the link below to view the documents and make comments on the Draft Local Plan - Preferred Options.   There is also a list of local exhibitions attached.  An exhibition is being held in Danbury on Tuesday 2nd May at the Village Hall between 4pm and 8pm.  Residents can attend any of the venues as they will all have the same information available.  


Chelmsford’s planning consultations - get involved!


Do you want to have a say on where new homes should be built, how your local area could be improved and where new services and facilities are provided across Chelmsford?


This is your opportunity to get involved with shaping Chelmsford’s future.


Local Plan - Preferred Options Consultation Document


The draft Local Plan – Preferred Options addresses the needs and opportunities for future development growth, while protecting the environment. It sets out the number and locations for houses, jobs and businesses needed in the period up to 2036, 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 Local Plan also includes draft planning policies which will be used to determine planning applications; and boundaries for Chelmsford, South Woodham Ferrers and defined settlements beyond which development may be restricted.


Sustainability Appraisal (and Non-Technical Summary), and Habitats Regulations Assessment


It is very important that the Local Plan promotes sustainable development. To support this objective, an independent Sustainability Appraisal has been undertaken to test the proposals in the Preferred Options consultation. This assesses the potential social, economic and environmental effects of the document. It advises on ways in which any identified adverse effects could be avoided, reduced or mitigated or how any positive effects could be maximised.


It’s also important to make sure the Local Plan respects recognised European habitat sites such as Special Areas of Conservation and Ramsar sites, so a Habitat Regulations Assessment has also been carried out to identify any effects.


How do I find out more?


You can view and comment on the Local Plan - Preferred Options consultation document, its accompanying Sustainability Appraisal (and Non-Technical Summary) and the Habitats Regulations Assessment until 4.45pm on 11 May 2017.


We prefer receiving comments online, using our specially designed Consultation Portal. Using the Consultation Portal helps us to record your comments accurately and process them quickly. 

Go to www.chelmsford.gov.uk/planningpolicyconsult to:

  • Read the consultation documents
  • Make your comments
  • Sign up for alerts to future consultations


For tips on how to register, or what to do if you are registered but have forgotten your login details, read our User Guide to find out more:



You can also read the consultation documents during normal opening hours in local libraries and at the City Council’s Customer Service Centre, Duke Street, Chelmsford.



Paper copies are available to purchase by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , telephoning (01245) 606330 or by writing to Planning and Housing Policy, Chelmsford City Council, Civic Centre, Duke Street, Chelmsford, CM1 1JE. Responses can also be made in writing and returned to the above email or postal address. A specially designed response form is available online at www.chelmsford.gov.uk/preferred-options  


Does the Local Plan Preferred Options consultation document identify new development around Danbury Parish?

The consultation document proposes allocating 100 new homes for Danbury, the location of which will be consulted and decided on through the emerging Danbury Neighbourhood Plan. This is called Growth Site 10 in the consultation document.