Masterplan for 5,500 home Chelmsford Garden Community Approved

DWD are delighted to have secured approval at Cabinet from Chelmsford City Council for the Chelmsford Garden Community Masterplan that will deliver an exemplar, high quality and comprehensively planned development comprising around 5,500 new homes and 60,000sqm of employment floorspace.

The development is designed as a Garden Community model for the 21st century where it is not just the best of town and country, but also the best of neighbourhoods and nature too. At its heart the the development will prioritise sustainable movement and living where day-to-day needs are accessible by an active journey of less than 15 minutes.  The Masterplan provides 50% Green Infrastructure including new destination parks and a new Nature Park connected by a network of approximately 20km of Greenways.

The Masterplan is designed around 4 new Villages creating areas of distinct character and identity and each village centre providing a range of local services including 4 new primary schools, a new secondary school, local employment hubs, a new medical centre, community centre as well as a new village hall for the newly created Chelmsford Garden Community Council. Chelmsford Garden Community also encompasses the award winning Beaulieu and Channels developments which combined, will deliver around 10,000 new homes, the new Beaulieu Park Railway Station and a wide range of other sustainable facilities and services to create a self-supporting community and reduce the need for outward journeys. 

The Developer Consortium of Countryside L&Q, Ptarmigan Land, and Halley Developments will continue to work in collaboration with Chelmsford City Council and Essex County Council to progress the Outline Planning Applications.  The consultant team includes DWD, led by Barry Murphy and supported by James Smith (town planning) JTP Architects (masterplanning), BMD (landscape), AECOM (engineering and heritage), Turley (sustainability), Mayer Brown (transport) and Quod (community and education facilities), SES and Logika (environmental), and SHA (arboriculture).

DWD continue to deliver Beaulieu, and are presently working with Countryside L&Q to prepare an Outline Planning Application for Zone 2 of Chelmsford Garden Community to deliver up to 3,500 homes, 3 local centres, employment land and associated green infrastructure.

For more information please contact Barry Murphy or James Smith.