“A Garden Community model for the 21st century – not just the best of town and country, but the best of neighbourhoods and nature too.”

“A Garden Community model for the 21st century – not just the best of town and country, but the best of neighbourhoods and nature too.”

Website

This website explains the background to and vision for Chelmsford Garden Community and will act as a hub for the ongoing community and stakeholder engagement process.

Vision

Chelmsford Garden Community will be a thriving settlement that offers the best of town and country living. The Garden Community will deliver new housing with healthy placemaking and sustainability principles, new employment opportunities, a supporting movement network, social and recreational infrastructure and open space to cater for the needs of the residents and City. It will build on the success of the new neighbourhoods of Beaulieu and Channels and be a Garden Community that meets the needs of the growing City.

Community Engagement

The Garden Community Consortium is committed to engaging with local stakeholders and the wider community through the development and delivery of the masterplan for the Garden Community. Following a series of stakeholder workshops and meetings through 2021, community engagement activities including a Public Exhibition will be held from 11-22 November to present the proposals for the Garden Community and seek comments on the emerging masterplan.

About

Chelmsford Garden Community

Chelmsford Garden Village will deliver around 10,000 new homes, 45,000sqm employment space and a wide range of sustainable facilities and services to create a self-supporting community and reduce the need for outward journeys.

The Garden Community will be a shared place with an ethos of equity. A place to live with nature, integrating a symbiotic natural landscape where people can experience and explore nature and wildlife, within a resilient ecological network.  It will support a 21st Century environmentally conscious community aspiring to sustainable lifestyles, self-sufficiency and efficient use of resources. It will be a place with a distinct identity, where people are free to live in a shared and balanced environment, where unexpected joy and wonder can be found in the twists and turns of an organically formed new place.

Shared and Sharing

  • Shared between the city and the country,
  • Shared and shaped by those who will live there and those who already do,
  • Shared spaces and landscape for people and nature,
  • Shared streets for movement of vehicles, bikes and pedestrians,
  • Shared workspaces for flexible and multi-purpose working environments,
  • Sharing culture where items, produce, knowledge, skills and spaces are borrowed and exchanged,
  • A Shared commitment to long-term management and collective stewardship,
  • Shared experiences, a fun, memorable and fascinating place to live.

The Story So Far

Chelmsford Garden Community was allocated in Chelmsford Local Plan in 2020 for 3000 dwellings and 45,000sqm employment within the Plan Period to 2036, with a further 2,500 dwellings to be considered as part of the next Local Plan Review.

Chelmsford Local Plan Allocation 2020

The Garden Community will be designed in collaboration with new and existing residents, facilitating mechanisms by which the community will engage in long-term stewardship, ultimately contributing to a legacy of which the City can be proud. The Garden Community will build on the successes already achieved at Beaulieu and Channels, and together these will deliver 10,000 new homes and other facilities to Chelmsford.

The site has been formally designated by Homes England as Chelmsford Garden Community – which includes land allocated in the Local Plan and committed development at Beaulieu and Channels

New infrastructure will include a new train station delivered by Network Rail and the Chelmsford North East By-pass

Beaulieu (under construction) up to 3,600 homes, 2 x primary and 1 x secondary school, local centre, employment area, retail, community centre, formal sports provision and public open space, strategic infrastructure.

Channels (under construction) up to 750 homes, including a range of formal and informal open space areas, junction improvements to Essex Regiment Way and delivery of the northern section of the Radial Distributor Road (RDR)

Next Steps

Development Framework Document and Infrastructure Delivery Plan.

The Local Plan requires the preparation of a comprehensive masterplan for the site which will take the form of a Development Framework Document (DFD) and an Infrastructure Delivery Plan (IDP). The DFD will include an Illustrative Masterplan and supporting information and will guide future Outline Planning Applications, which it is anticipated will be submitted in 2022

Following a series of stakeholder workshops and meetings through 2021, community engagement activities including an online Public Exhibition will be held from 11-22 November 2021 to present the design proposals for the Garden Community and seek comments on the emerging masterplan proposals.  The comments received will feed into the development of the proposals and the drawing up of the DFD.

What is a Garden Community?

Garden Cities and Garden Villages have been successful models for creating new communities across the UK for over a century. The concept for Garden Communities has changed little over the years, from the famous original Garden Communities of Bournville, Welwyn and Letchworth in the early 20th Century, to the 21st Century Garden Villages launched by the Government in 2016. The vision for Garden Communities – well planned and self-contained settlements, as opposed to sprawling suburbia or overcrowded inner cities – has been hugely popular with planners and the residents who moved into them. Promoting health and wellbeing and a strong sense of community is an enduring part of the vision. Each community was designed at a sustainable size with a balance of homes, employment, education and community uses, all set within a beautiful landscape to promote healthy living. Each village was distinct, surrounded by its own “Green Belt” of countryside and parkland.

15 Principles for Chelmsford Garden Community

Chelmsford Garden Community will be an exemplar founded upon 15 Principles, derived from the Garden City Principles set out by the Town and Country Planning Association (TCPA), The Essex Design Guide and Chelmsford City Council Local Plan Policy for Strategic Growth Site 4.

Connecting town and country
A Garden Community linked to Chelmsford surrounded by the beautiful Essex countryside.

Bikes, bikes, bikes
Cycling is a way of life in the Garden Community. Everyone enjoys cycling, for leisure through the Country Park, to school, to commute and to visit the neighbourhood centres on safe cycling routes.

Connected communities
Smart homes. Digitally connected. The ability to work anywhere and the ability to communicate with people wherever you are. Fully integrated, attractive and accessible for all.

A home for everyone
Freedom to live how you would like to live. A new model for housing, a variety of homes, flexible and adaptable, for all generations and life stages – a balanced community.

Generous space, unbounded living
A new lifestyle, living within a community at one with wildlife and nature. The best of village life set within the countryside, a new model for the Garden Community.

Unrestricted workspaces
Liberty to weave work into your life, to suit you. Work from home, at the local café, in the community hub with the opportunity to collaborate with others and share IT facilities.

Interwoven with nature and wildlife
A bio-diverse and ecologically rich living landscape where wildlife and people live in harmony.

Outdoor living in explorable landscapes
Living within a Super Park, to be enjoyed in all weather and all seasons. A green network for playing, educating, producing, growing – a great garden to instil a love for nature.

Unrecognisable streets,
re-imagined for the future
With new travel models, the streets become community spaces for fetes and parties, slow movement routes for walking and cycling, or super-connected wildlife routes.

Sustainable identity
A vibrant place that flows with life and an environment where everything is working in sync. Electric vehicles and demand led public transport are integral to the running of the Garden Community.

An integrated and holistic network with no wastage
A new innovative approach to revolutionise how we reduce, reuse, recycle.

A sharing economy
Conserving resources through a communal approach to the acquisition and use of items for occasional use.

Gutsy growing and gardens
Food growing in allotments or community gardens and locally sourced food in edible landscapes and orchards. Spaces to educate, share and cook locally grown food.

Culture and community sharing
A ‘library of things’ where the community share tools, leisure and sports equipment, produce and skills.

Supreme stewardship
A community committed to long-term management through resident participation and leadership – maintaining the culture and ethos of the new Garden Community.

15 Principles for Chelmsford Garden Community

Chelmsford Garden Community will be an exemplar with 15 Principles, derived from the Garden City Principles set out by the Town and Country Planning Association (TCPA), The Essex Design Guide and Chelmsford City Council Local Plan Policy for Strategic Growth Site 4.

Boundless Connectivity

Connecting town and country
A Garden Community linked to Chelmsford surrounded by the beautiful Essex countryside.

Bikes, bikes, bikes
Cycling is a way of life in the Garden Community. Everyone enjoys cycling, for leisure through the Country Park, to school, to commute and to visit the neighbourhood centres on safe cycling routes.

Connected communities
Smart homes. Digitally connected. The ability to work anywhere and the ability to communicate with people wherever you are. Fully integrated, attractive and accessible for all.

Liberated Living

A home for everyone
Freedom to live how you would like to live. A new model for housing, a variety of homes, flexible and adaptable, for all generations and life stages – a balanced community.

Generous space, unbounded living
A new lifestyle, living within a community at one with wildlife and nature. The best of village life set within the countryside, a new model for the Garden Community.

Unrestricted workspaces
Liberty to weave work into your life, to suit you. Work from home, at the local café, in the community hub with the opportunity to collaborate with others and share IT facilities.

Symphonic Sustainability

Interwoven with nature and wildlife
A bio-diverse and ecologically rich living landscape where wildlife and people live in harmony.

Outdoor living in explorable landscapes
Living within a Super Park, to be enjoyed in all weather and all seasons. A green network for playing, educating, producing, growing – a great garden to instil a love for nature.

Unrecognisable streets,
re-imagined for the future
With new travel models, the streets become community spaces for fetes and parties, slow movement routes for walking and cycling, or super-connected wildlife routes.

Wild Infrastructure

Sustainable identity
A vibrant place that flows with life and an environment where everything is working in sync. Electric vehicles and demand led public transport are integral to the running of the Garden Community.

An integrated and holistic network with no wastage
A new innovative approach to revolutionise how we reduce, reuse, recycle.

A sharing economy
Conserving resources through a communal approach to the acquisition and use of items for occasional use.

Spirited Stewardship

Gutsy growing and gardens
Food growing in allotments or community gardens and locally sourced food in edible landscapes and orchards. Spaces to educate, share and cook locally grown food.

Culture and community sharing
A ‘library of things’ where the community share tools, leisure and sports equipment, produce and skills.

Supreme stewardship
A community committed to long-term management through resident participation and leadership – maintaining the culture and ethos of the new Garden Community.

Have Your Say

Online Public Exhibition

The local community was invited to view and comment on the emerging proposals for Chelmsford Garden Community from 11 to 22 November 2021. The online exhibition can be viewed here and includes the emerging plans and proposals that will form part of a Development Framework Document (DFD). Comments could be made via the online comment form on this page or by writing to us and addressing the envelope Freepost JTP. The deadline for comments was Monday 22 November 2021.

Chelmsford Garden Community consultation exhibition boards 11-22 November 2021

Live Zoom Introduction Presentation

On the first evening of the online exhibition, 7pm Thursday 11 November, we held an introductory Zoom presentation followed by Questions & Answers. A recording of this Zoom presentation is now available to view at the Library section of this website.

Library

All published documents, exhibitions and presentation videos will be uploaded here.

Team

The masterplanning and promotion of the Garden Community is being led by a Developer Consortium – Countryside Zest and Ptarmigan Land – in collaboration with Chelmsford City Council (CCC) and Essex County Council (ECC).

Consortium

Countryside is a leading mixed-tenure developer, bringing together modern and efficient delivery methods to create sustainable communities where people love to live. Their placemaking approach, not only builds high quality homes, but also thinks critically about the social and digital infrastructure, transport and green spaces needed to nurture a vibrant, connected and healthy community. Engaging with and listening to local communities and partners are key to this work.

L&Q is one of the UK’s leading housing associations and developers. We believe passionately that people’s health, security and happiness depend on where they live. We create better places to live by delivering high quality homes, neighbourhoods and housing services that people can afford. With over 50 years’ experience, we have what it takes to do things right. The quality of the homes we build is as important to us as it is to our residents, and as we’re a landlord as well as a developer we stay with our residents throughout their journey with us.
We’re locally responsive and aim to deliver great service and quality to every customer, every time. Because our social purpose is at the core of what we do, we reinvest all the money that we make into our homes and services.

Ptarmigan Land is one of the UK’s leading Strategic Land promotion companies, with over 20,000 homes in planning. Recent consents which are being built out include 1,200 homes at Hethersett near Norwich and 750 homes at Channels, Chelmsford. Ptarmigan Land works closely with Councils and landowners to create vibrant new communities for the benefit of all stakeholders.

Consultants

JTP is an award-winning international placemaking practice of architects and masterplanners with extensive experience of delivering successful projects for both private and public sectors throughout the UK and internationally. From their studios in London and Edinburgh we undertake placemaking projects at every scale, from cities and towns, to neighbourhoods, streets and the design of individual buildings: creating new places and breathing life into old ones. We approach all our projects through a process of understanding, engaging, and creating, which combined we call ‘Collaborative Placemaking’

Bradley Murphy Design (BMD) specialise in the creation of people-focused, sustainable landscapes, open spaces and public realm. They are passionate about their work and pride themselves on the commitment they bring to every project, whether it be the visioning of strategic green infrastructure for a new town or preparing the detailed design of a new urban square.

TPA is a transport planning and infrastructure design consultancy offering a unique, end-to-end service – guiding clients from pre-acquisition feasibility analysis, through the planning process to on-site implementation and ongoing monitoring.

Arcadis is a leading company delivering sustainable design, engineering, and consultancy solutions for natural and built assets. They employ more than 27,000 people in over 70 countries dedicated to improving quality of life. With sustainability at the heart of everything we do, their focus is on maximizing their impact aimed at improving quality of life, developing solutions to address important societal challenges around resilience, places and mobility.

AECOM is the world’s premier infrastructure firm, delivering professional services throughout the project lifecycle – from planning, design and engineering to consulting and construction management. We partner with our clients in the public and private sectors to solve their most complex challenges and build legacies for generations to come. On projects spanning transportation, buildings, water, governments, energy and the environment, our teams are driven by a common purpose to deliver a better world.

Contact

If you would like to contact the Chelmsford Garden community Consortium or project team please use the form below.

    General enquiries

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