Update from Chelmsford City Council - Land at junction Ongar Road West and Highwood Road, Writtle, Chelmsford 

15 January 2020

Further to my email of yesterday I write to clarify some points that have been raised by a number of you.

Firstly, please find attached a copy of the inspector’s Costs Decision in respect of the planning appeal. You will note that the Council’s application for costs was refused. I would note that this application is separate from the costs already awarded by the High Court.

There appears to be some misinformation circulating with regards to an alleged 28 day compliance period imposed by the High Court as part of the Order that was made. I can advise that no such timeframe was set by the Court and that it was instead left for the Council to determine an appropriate compliance. I have attached a copy of the Order made by HH Judge Dight on 14 February 2019.

We have determined that the compliance times set out in my previous email balance the need for the land to be restored in a timely manner, whilst recognising that should the Council need to undertake contempt proceedings in respect of non-compliance, we will be able to satisfy the Court that we have acted reasonably when enforcing the Order.

Queries have been raised as to the status of the plot of land on the opposing side of the A414 to the north of Bulimers Way. This land remains subject to an injunction order prohibiting its use as a residential caravan site. I have attached a copy of this order also made by Mrs Justice Thornton on 9 April 2019.


James Stubbs, Planning Enforcement and Natural Environment Manager

Chelmsford City Council


14 January 2020

Update from Chelmsford City Council - Land at junction Ongar Road West and Highwood Road, Writtle, Chelmsford 


Dear Resident,

I write to update you as to those steps that will now be taken following the recent dismissal of the planning appeal against the Council’s refusal of planning permission for the use of the land as a residential caravan site (copy can be viewed here).

A number of you have sent me emails in recent days and I will endeavour to answer those questions posed in this summary response.

As you may know, the Council successfully obtained an Order in the High Court on 21 February 2019 which required the occupants of the land to give undertakings to vacate and restore it the event that their appeal was unsuccessful. These undertakings now take effect, and following a site inspection by officers on the 10 January 2020, the following steps must now be taken by those dates indicated in bold type:

(1) Remove from the land all touring caravans, static caravans, mobile homes, portable cabins, day rooms, associated structures and/or vehicles or any other items associated with human habitation (this would include pitch fences, sheds and the Klargester domestic sewage treatment plant). These steps/works to be completed by the 31 March 2020.

(2) Break-up and remove from the Land the hard surfaces and hardcore laid upon the Land in order to facilitate the human habitation of the land, and restore the Land so that it is capable of being put to its lawful use. These works to be completed by 30 April 2020.

Officers will inspect the land in early April and again in early May to confirm that compliance has occurred.

The Council’s solicitors continue to recover those costs awarded by the Court, payment of which is ongoing. We also await the planning inspector’s decision as to the further costs claim submitted by the Council at the recent planning appeal.

I would note that the entrance gates and access road to the stable block benefit from an existing planning permission and are not therefore required to be removed. 

Moving forward the land will remain subject to the High Court Order which prevents any other persons unknown from seeking to use the land for the stationing of caravans used for residential purposes, and any associated works of development.


James Stubbs, Planning Enforcement and Natural Environment Manager

Development Management, Chelmsford City Council


Mobile Customer Information Service

This is a reminder that the Mobile Customer Information Service will be at the Writtle Village Hall on the dates listed below in conjunction with the Writtle Home Fayre.  Please pop along if you get the chance and feel free to pass this message on. 

Mobile Customer Service Dates 2020 (Writtle Village Hall 9.15am - 10.30am)

Thursday 26 March, 2020

Thursday 16 April, 2020

Thursday 21 May, 2020

Thursday 18 June, 2020

Thursday 16 July, 2020

Thursday 20 August, 2020

Thursday 17 September, 2020

Thursday 15 October, 2020

Thursday 19 November, 2020

Thursday 17 December, 2020

This is a free service and offers a range of help and advice to make Chelmsford City Council services more accessible.  The Mobile Customer Information Service (MCIS) provides residents with access to all relevant information on their doorstep.

The team continues to visit 17 communities around the City every month.  The service is usually targeted where public transport is perhaps less frequent, to make sure that residents with the greatest need for advice and support, such as the elderly, young families and those with mobility requirements, can access information and advice about Council services locally.

A range of enquiries are covered, including: 

  • advice on how to seek help with housing benefit or Council Tax
  • reporting environmental problems
  • FREE replacement recycling sacks and dog waste bags
  • providing information on leisure, tourism, local issues and much more

Where possible, partner organisations attend sessions to promote services and to be available for enquiries.  These include Essex Police, Essex Fire & Rescue Service, Citizens Advice Bureau and other Council ServicesConsequent visits will be on the third Thursday of each month at the Home Fayre.


Hearing Help Essex 




Community Speed Watch - Writtle Group

Writtle is setting up a Community Speed Watch group.  We now have a good number of volunteers in order to set up the group.  If you haven't been in touch and would like to get involved with speed watch, please contact Andy Russell, the Co-ordinator on email andy@digressltd.co.uk to express your interest.


Longmeads House – new Community Centre

Writtle Parish Council is pleased to confirm that contracts on Longmeads House, the new Community Centre, were exchanged 3.08pm Wednesday 26th June 2019.


Lambert Smith Hampton (LSH) the Essex County Council Managing Agent, is awaiting the formality of receiving the building contract from Essex Legal department, after which they will arrange a pre-start meeting between the contractor Marden, LSH and WPC when commencement and completion dates will be agreed. 

Marden is currently carrying out pre commencement works on site and discharging planning conditions pending a full start on site.

We anticipate work will have started before the next edition of Writtle News, when we hope to be able to update you on progress.


Ralph Bray, Vice Chair, Writtle Parish Council




Remembrance Service - Sunday 11 November 2018

Writtle Green - War Memorial

A selection of photographs from the well attended Remembrance Service at the War Memorial.


Fibre Broadband In Writtle

There has been fibre broadband available in Writtle for some time but during the summer more of the cabinets have been upgraded which means that fibre broadband is available to most of the village. If you are experiencing speeds below 20mb then upgrading can give you speeds near 40mb. Please be aware the speed depends on several factors including the distance you are away from the cabinet.

The process for upgrading is not automatic you will need to contact your internet service provider (ISP such as BT, Sky etc) and subscribe to a package. Unfortunately, there will still be some properties where faster speeds will not be available but there are good chances that these will be addressed in future upgrades. You can check the position on http://www.superfastessex.org (use the interactive map) or www.homeandbusiness.openreach.co.uk/fibre-broadband/when-can-i-get-fibre and use the postcode checker to see exactly what the position is for your address.

Please feel free to contact me (Writtle Broadband Champion) Rosalind Coleridge on coleridgehouse@msn.com I will do what I can to answer questions but also make use of the websites above for more information. The technology is moving very fast and the speeds we have today will probably be exceeded in a few years so watch this space!


Community Leadership Award

At the Annual General Meeting of the Essex Association of Local Councils (EALC) on Thursday September 20th 2018, Writtle Parish Council was awarded the Community Leadership Award and presented with a cheque for £200.

This is the first time that your parish council has received an award from the EALC.

We are very pleased and proud to receive this award in recognition of all the community work undertaken by the Council this year.

Chris Hibbitt, Chair Writtle Parish Council  


Security patrols in the village

The minutes from the meeting on 19 July with S Type Security and Writtle Parish Council can be seen here.

Press release issued 18 September 2018

Minutes of meeting held with Essex Police - 12 September 2018


Changes to the administrative team at Writtle Parish Council

Please note that as from 1st September 2018, there will be the following changes to the administrative team at Writtle Parish Council.  Lauretta Fox will become the Parish Clerk, David Walker will become the Responsible Financial Officer and Kelly Sitara will be joining the team as the new Clerical Officer.


Writtle Village Country Fair and Allotment Society Summer Show

What a fantastic day the village had on the 14th July.  The weather continued to be very kind to us and we had a very hot day with plenty of people attending. Many thanks go to all the volunteer helpers we had on the day, without them we could not put this Fair on.  A special thank you to all the stall holders and the exceptional entertainment we had throughout the afternoon.  Plus the two pubs who provided the well supported beer tents. In addition to the Green, Writtle All Saints Church, The Village Hall,  The Christian Centre and The URC were also very busy throughout the day.
All in all a very good day with plenty of happy people.  Also grateful thanks go to those who provided the large number of raffle prizes.
Writtle Village Country Fair Committee 
Summer Fayre 1Summer Fayre 2Summer Fayre 4Summer Fayre 5Summer Fayre 3