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.

Local Plan Review

We need to review our Local Plan every five years. We are now consulting on the Preferred Options document until 19 June 2024. Find out more about the Local Plan Review.

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.

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 in August 2023. You can view the Hylands dogs PSPO.

Replacement Essex Minerals Local Plan  

Essex County Council are inviting residents to have their say on the future of minerals development in Essex.  

Like other planning authorities across the country, Essex County Council has to publish a Minerals Local Plan. This provides planning policies for minerals development in Essex and identifies future sites for mineral extraction or quarrying. 

Essex County Council has launched a consultation on the Replacement Essex Minerals Local Plan, which would run to 2040. During the consultation, residents and other stakeholders can have their say on the sites submitted for inclusion, as well as the revised plan itself. 

You can find out more about the revised plan and have your say on the Minerals Plan by Tuesday 19 March 2024. 

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

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