Chelmsfords Local Plan approved by Inspector

The final Inspector’s Report on the examination of the Chelmsford Local Plan was received by Chelmsford City Council on Tuesday 25 February.

The report concludes that the Local Plan is legally compliant and sound, subject to a number of changes which were the subject of public consultation last Autumn. This means the City Council can now formally adopt the plan.

The Local Plan provides a long-term strategy that will ensure local needs for new homes, employment, shops, open space and supporting infrastructure, are met in a sustainable and appropriate manner. It has also been drawn up following significant consultation with local communities and other stakeholders.

Leader of Chelmsford City Council, Councillor Stephen Robinson, said: “We are delighted to receive the Inspector’s Report which concludes that the Local Plan will provide an appropriate basis for the planning of the Council’s area. It now allows us to make arrangements to formally adopt the plan as council policy. We will use this plan to deliver more infrastructure to go with development, genuinely affordable housing and to ensure that it is really sustainable.”

The Inspector’s Report is available to view and download at www.chelmsford.gov.uk/planning-and-building-control/planning-policy-and-new-local-plan/new-local-plan/local-plan-examination. Copies will also be available to view in local libraries and at the Council’s Customer Service Centre from early March.

The Council will hold a special Full Council meeting to vote on formally adopting the modified Local Plan as council policy. More details will appear on http://www.chelmsford.gov.uk in due course.

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