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We hope you enjoy your visit to www.writtlepc.co.uk

Writtle has a population of around 4,200 and has retained its character with many beautiful walks and places of interest.  Writtle holds a number of events on its village green, details of these can be found in our village diary.  




Last summer we asked for your feedback on the proposed vision and objectives for the Writtle Neighbourhood Plan. Following that exercise we have now developed a set of ideas that could form the basis of policies and projects for inclusion in the Plan.

We’d like to know your opinions about these ideas, how important you think they are, and whether you think they should be developed further for inclusion in the Plan.

Our short survey should only take 3-5 minutes to complete. Please use the following link to have your say:


Thank you for your input. 


Jonathan Weymouth

Chair: Writtle Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group


Forthcoming Writtle Parish Council Meetings 

Parish Council Meeting - Monday, 3 February 2020 - 7.30pm




Writtle Community Speedwatch is back in the village.  You might have noticed groups of volunteers on the Ongar Road operating the newly calibrated speed devices. If you are interested in joining the speedwatch group, please contact the Parish Clerk.  





Cow Watering Lane - Road Closure 29.01.2020

Please click on the following link https://one.network/?tm=115364770 to find details of the intended closure of Cow Watering Lane, due to commence on 29th January 2020 for 1 day. The closure is required for the safety of the public and workforce while BT undertakes fix damaged pole. Works will take place between 0930 - 1530hrs


Army and Navy Roundabout - Update from Highways Essex County Council 

As part of our plans to dismantle the Army and Navy flyover in Chelmsford, important preliminary works were carried out last week with the support of overnight lane restrictions.  We are pleased to advise that due to the good progress made on site, no overnight lane restrictions will be required by the team this week.

An update will be reflected on the A1060/A1114 Army & Navy Flyover webpage shortly and will be shared on the @essexhighways twitter feed in due course.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank residents, businesses and drivers for their patience during these works






If you want to make a real difference in your village then volunteer as a Community Special Constable and play a part in keeping your neighbourhood safe. Writtle Parish Council is supporting Essex Police to increase local and visible policing in their area:  Visit https://www.essex.police.uk/join-the-police/special-constabulary/ to find out more.  Writtle Parish Council will be funding the initiative.  Under the scheme the parish council will fund the expenses of volunteer police officers who will be designated to Writtle.  The Special Constables will be volunteering 16 hours each month and will have the same full policing powers and uniform as regular police officers. 



TRAVELLERS SITE – Junction of Ongar Road and Highwood Road

For an up to date outcome summary please click on our news section. 





Following the meeting of the Writtle Parish Council's Planning & Development Committee on Monday, 17 December, the committee had the following objections to the masterplan.  The comments have been submitted to the Planning Department at Chelmsford City Council and can be viewed here.


History of Writtle

Writtle is one of the prettiest villages in the county with many Grade I listed houses. It dates back to the Romans who were present in the village shortly after the Roman conquest and two Roman burial urns were found buried in the gardens of the old vicarage.

Writtle was a royal manor and was mentioned in the Domesday Book when its population was about 900 making it bigger than Chelmsford at the time. The manor was situated on the main route between London and East Anglia and part of this route can be seen at Lawford Lane, which is now a bridle path.

King John is one of the most famous people to be associated with Writtle. He built a hunting lodge in the village in 1211, which is now situated within the grounds of Writtle College. It is also believed that Robert the Bruce, who was once the King of Scotland, was born in the village on July 11, 1274.

Today, little remains of Writtles royal connections, but it is only a matter of time before more of the villages past is discovered with Iron Age, Bronze Age and Roman ruins currently being dug up by amateur archaeologists.

In March 1990 the parish council asked for volunteers to start a collection of photographs of the village and Writtle Archives was created. Writtle Archives is currently located in the Christian Centre and is open on Wednesday afternoons from 2.00 - 5.00pm.  There is a proposal to build an extension at the Parish Office to rehouse the Archives.


Local Authorities 

For information and services provided by other authorities visit the following websites:  Essex County Council (including Highways to report potholes and other highways issues or flooding),  Chelmsford City Council (including planning, public health, refuse collection), current and future roadworksEssex Police (to report an non-emergency incident. Always call 999 in an emergency)


Village Design Statement

The Writtle Village Design Statement (VDS) was developed by a residents steering group, which sought views of the entire community in order to identify the local design character of the Parish.

The VDS was Launched and adopted as Planning Guidance by Chelmsford City Council in 2004. Its aim is not to prevent development but to manage change and design within the Parish of Writtle and is a statement of how local people want the built environment to look in the years and decades ahead.   A PDF copy of the VDS can be found here .


Writtle Parish Plan 

The Parish Plan was developed by a residents steering group after a Parish wide consultation to seek the views and aspirations of Parishioners on the many elements that contribute to Writtle as a thriving community.   It was launched in 2011 (updated 11th February 2019) and copies of the Parish Plan and Youth Plan together with the Business Plan can be found here .