The masterplanning and promotion of the Garden Community is being led by a Developer Consortium – Countryside L&Q, Ptarmigan Land, and Halley Developments – in collaboration with Chelmsford City Council (CCC), Essex County Council (ECC) and Homes England.


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.

Halley Developments Limited, are part of Greycoat Real Estate. A vertically integrated team of highly skilled professions, maintaining and building long lasting relationships with their partners, investors, local communities, and Councils. They are specialists in their fields, which include commercial real estate and strategic land. Focusing on large scale, complex investments they purchase freehold assets to deliver infrastructure at an early stage, accelerating the delivery of housing. Embedded through their ethos of strong placemaking principles their objectives are to unlock complex sites, deliver high quality places, offer a variety of housing tenures to the market and retain a long-term stewardship role to ensure social and environment value capture are retained through the appropriate management and maintenance of the places they create.

Working in partnership with institutional capital partners we are committed to the delivering high quality sustainable places. Collaboration and engagement with local communities, Council’s and stakeholders is at the heart of the approach; a necessity for Greycoat allowing them to create, deliver and maintain successful places based on a strong vision.


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.

DWD has been a leading property and planning consultancy for over 35 years. We provide specialist property and planning consultancy advice to clients across the property, development and infrastructure spectrum. Our clients include international retailers, utility providers, national house builders, commercial developers, small businesses and individuals. Our people are skilled at achieving clients’ objectives, timescales and financial targets and clients appreciate the significant added value that we create. We are happy to lead on assignments or work as part of a project team and enjoy interacting with design, technical and financial professionals.

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.

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.

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.