Chelmsford urban extension gets go-ahead

Chelmsford City Council has granted outline planning permission for a mixed-use urban extension comprising up to 3,600 homes to the north east of Chelmsford.

Proposed station: on the London-Norwich rail line
Proposed station: on the London-Norwich rail line
The proposals, submitted by a joint venture partnership comprising developer Countryside Properties and housing association L&Q, were given the green light at a meeting of Chelmsford City Council’s planning committee earlier this week.

The plans comprise up to 3,600 new homes, of which 27 per cent (970) would be affordable, on a 247-hectare greenfield site to the north of Springfield and east of Essex Regiment Way.

The plans also comprise up to 62,300 square metres of employment floorspace incorporating a 40,000 square metre business park, a neighbourhood centre, a distributor road and two schools.

A new rail station on the London-Norwich rail line to serve north east Chelmsford is the subject of a separate outline application.

Graham Cherry, chief executive of Countryside Properties, said: "This decision is the first step towards new homes, new jobs and new infrastructure which will really take the new City of Chelmsford to the next level."

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