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Middlewick Ranges: a wonderful site for wildlife we must not lose

Middlewick Ranges: a wonderful site for wildlife we must not lose

Friday 17 May 2024

CPRE Essex has joined a coalition bidding to have Middlewick Ranges removed from Colchester City Council’s Local Plan as an allocated site for housing development. The 215-acre site is up for sale by the Ministry of Defence and was allocated in the Local Plan in 2016 for some 1,000 properties, community activities and open space. […] Read more >

Inspector approves development of Sandon Brook solar farm

Inspector approves development of Sandon Brook solar farm

Friday 16 February 2024

A planning inspector has overruled Chelmsford City Council and decided the Sandon Brook solar farm can be built despite harming the Green Belt. The council had refused permission for the 242-acre development over three sites either side of the A130 and Canons Barn Road near West Hanningfield, but inspector Ben Plenty said its environmental benefits […] Read more >

A12 widening wins government consent

A12 widening wins government consent

Tuesday 30 January 2024

The A12 is to be widened to three lanes between Hatfield Peverel and Marks Tey. Huw Merriman, Minister of State for Transport, has granted a Development Consent Order (DCO) for the widening between junctions 20a and 25. His decision and reasons were announced this month (Friday, January 12) in a 78-page letter. CPRE Essex was […] Read more >

And still they come… developers apply to build 800 houses near racecourse

And still they come… developers apply to build 800 houses near racecourse

Tuesday 7 November 2023

Chelmsford City Council has received an application to build 800 homes and a school close to the city’s racecourse. Bellway Essex, Harrow Estates and Moulsham Hall Estates have put together the plans, which include a children’s nursery, neighbourhood centre and residential care home, for the site, which was allocated for housing in the Chelmsford Local […] Read more >

Chelmsford targeted for another 3,500 homes in ‘garden community’

Chelmsford targeted for another 3,500 homes in ‘garden community’

Thursday 2 November 2023

The expansion of Chelmsford, it would seem, has no bounds. The city has hosted tremendous housing growth in recent years and now there is a proposal for 3,500 more. The scheme, to the north-east of the city, has been submitted by Countryside and, if approved, will comprise part of Chelmsford Garden Community, which has already […] Read more >

Longfield Solar Farm: Shapps gives go-ahead to vast scheme near Chelmsford

Longfield Solar Farm: Shapps gives go-ahead to vast scheme near Chelmsford

Monday 31 July 2023

One of the largest solar farms in the country is to be built near Chelmsford. Longfield Solar Farm will cover 940 acres of arable farmland between the planned Chelmsford Garden Village and Terling, having been granted development consent by Grant Shapps, Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero. The decision followed an Examination […] Read more >

Our final talk looks at the challenges of farming… please do join us!

Our final talk looks at the challenges of farming… please do join us!

Monday 28 February 2022

The fourth and final talk of our CPRE Essex winter series will be given by Christy Willett on Wednesday (March 2). It begins at 6.30pm via Zoom and will be entitled Challenges of Farming: Past, Present and Future. Ms Willett is an AHDB farmer from Galleywood, Chelmsford, where she farms 475 hectares of owned and […] Read more >

Danbury solar farm backed by city council

Danbury solar farm backed by city council

Wednesday 3 November 2021

The march of the solar farms continues, with an 86-acre plant at Danbury winning planning permission from Chelmsford City Council. The site’s developer, Low Carbon, says the site, which will lie in two parts either side of a quarry, will produce power for some 7,300 homes. The proposal had been criticised by Danbury Parish Council, […] Read more >

A12 widening: consultation expected next month

A12 widening: consultation expected next month

Monday 17 May 2021

Public consultation on the widening of the A12 between Chelmsford and the A120 should begin next month (June), Highways England has announced. Before any work can begin on the scheme, the length of the proposed route will be “investigated for undiscovered archaeology and evidence of local cultural heritage buried in the earth”. Already some 28 […] Read more >

… and plans for another solar farm

… and plans for another solar farm

Wednesday 20 January 2021

The solar-farm proposals keep coming thick and fast! Consultation on a site of some 242 acres of farmland east of West Hanningfield ended last month and a planning application to Chelmsford City Council is expected soon. The Sandon Brook project is being developed by Low Carbon, which is reported to have stated that a full […] Read more >