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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 >

Planning seminar: the highlights from a fascinating day

Planning seminar: the highlights from a fascinating day

Monday 5 June 2023

Andrew Wood, former CPRE planner, returned to his former haunts (spiritually if not geographically) when he led a workshop in Chelmsford entitled How the planning system works, and how to influence it. Held at the Essex Record Office Conference Centre, Chelmsford, on Friday, May 19, the workshop proved an undoubted success as everyone present got […] 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 >

We jingled, we didn’t mingle and we all had the most wonderful time!

We jingled, we didn’t mingle and we all had the most wonderful time!

Thursday 17 December 2020

David Knight, CPRE Essex chairman, joined some 500 others for the hugely successful Essex Farmers’ Drive-in Carol Service in Chelmsford Advertised as Jingling without the Mingling and held at Chelmsford City Racecourse on a chilly, grey and wet December afternoon, the brilliantly-organised Essex Farmers’ Drive-in Carol Service was an absolute pleasure. Led by Rev Canon Janet […] Read more >

Chance to take part in consultation on proposed solar farm

Chance to take part in consultation on proposed solar farm

Thursday 10 December 2020

Another day, another consultation. This time for a solar farm near Chelmsford. Longfield Solar Farm is being put forward by EDF Renewables UK and Padero Solar for almost 940 acres north-east of Chelmsford and north of the A12 between Boreham and Hatfield Peverel. The developers say the scheme would generate electricity for up to 67,000 […] Read more >