Writtle Future / Neighbourhood Plan


Welcome to Writtle Neighbourhood Plan web site. 

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Neighbourhood Plan 

Future Development Proposals for Writtle Chelmsford City Council consultation on Preferred Options Local Plan closed on 11th May 2017 showing 800 houses at Warren Farm off the Roxwell Road which we strongly opposed and we know many Parishioners were of the same mind.

Closely linked to that Consultation is the Parish Council’s decision, along with many other local Parish Councils, to start the Neighbourhood Plan process in order to protect any future development of our Parish.   You will find here an article by Jonathan Weymouth telling you all about our proposed Neighbourhood Plan, Jonathan is a retired Chartered Surveyor who has lived in the Village since 1971 and has considerable experience in negotiating planning briefs.   It is quite small type, Zoom by clicking on the magnifying glass in the top task bar of the page.   If you wish to become involved no matter how much or how little please contact Jonathan Weymouth on 01245 420420 or email jonwey@aol.com or Parish Clerk on 01245 420066.

Our Neighbourhood Plan Designated Area is now registered  with Chelmsford City Council and was launched at the Annual Parish Meeting on 10th April 2017.   All Parishioners present unanimously agreed that Writtle should immediately commence the Neighbourhood Plan process.  So we are now on the journey and we need volunteers.    When complete, after Consultation, Independent Examination and Parish wide Referendum, it will be the final part of our Community Led Plans.  

If you are a member of Writtle Future you can Login and comment now click here at Add your Comments please.   If you are not a member but you are a Parishioner or run a Business in the Parish and wish to comment, go to "Request Membership" at the top of this page and follow the instructions.   

If you go to Neighbourhood Plan you can see all our files including Jonathan's Article, the Latest Minutes of Meetings, the Neighbourhood Plan process explained and how it fits within the Planning System, files take a few seconds to open and some need a couple of steps. 


Some Basic Points to Consider

Putting together our evidence base.   Evidence gathering can be time consuming and possibly expensive, grants are available, which should cover the cost provided we keep it within bounds - However we must ask ourselves the following questions:

What do we need to find out and why (we do not need to collect everything)?

Do we really need it to inform our choices about land use and development?

What would happen if we didn’t have it?

Is it relevant to our area and our emerging planning objectives?

If so, what is the best way of getting it? Does it already exist or does it need to be created?


 We welcome your feedback, you can comment on any of the above click on Add your Comments please



In creating our Community Plans enormous thanks are due to all our supporters which included - Our Parishioners; The Rural Community Council of Essex (RCCE); The Community Planning Fund; Writtle Parish Council; Essex County Council Making the Links and all the Local Business Funders listed on the back cover of the Plans.


General Planning and Development News and Comment 

Chelmsford Local Plan Issues and Options Consultation

The latest Consultation Stage closed on 11th May 2017 in which Writtle Parish Council strongly objected to the 800 new homes proposed for Writtle at Warren Farm. 


PLEASE LET US HAVE YOUR COMMENTS here  at Add your Comments please  


Update on New Writtle Community Centre and Longmeads ResidentialDevelopment

Formal Planning Application for The New Community Centre, Pre-school and Residential Development was validated by Chelmsford City Council on 5th May 2017 and the standard consultation expiry closed 5th June 2017, the Statutory Planning Period Expiry date is 4th August 2017, although Planners can apply for an extension to deal with issues arising from the Consultation.

Go to Longmeads where you will find links to provide more details of the LONG TERM PLAN FOR LONGMEADS HOUSE.

This proposal will provide a development  of 10 Flats and 3 Houses to fund the provision of a new COMMUNITY CENTRE and PRE-SCHOOL on the site, gifted by Essex County Council to the Parish free of charge, subject to clawback conditions if Community Use ceases.