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Writtle Neighbourhood Plan - email: WrittleNP@gmail.com


Steering Group Meeting Minutes and Castle Point Planning Consultants Local Plan response on behalf of N & W Chelmsford Action Group - Can all be be found by clicking here




was launched on 28th April 2018 at an open meeting

at Writtle University College 

The Questionnaire based on comments from that meeting was distributed to all homes in the Parish between late October and early November 2018

Questionnaires were returned by a significant number of Parishioners

and are now being analysed






Future Development Proposals for Writtle - Chelmsford City Council FINAL consultation on Preferred Options Local Plan, closed on 14th March 2018, that showed "about" 800 houses at Warren Farm off the Roxwell Road, which we strongly opposed and we know many Parishioners were of the same mind.


The Formal Independent Examination of The Chelmsford Draft Local Plan was completed by December and we now await her findings.



Formal Objections to the Proposed Chelmsford Local Plan were submitted to the City Council by: - 


The Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group, and very many Parishioners


Writtle Parish Council submitted detailed detailed objections and was represented at the Formal Independent Examination by Castle Planning, Professional Planning Consultants they were assisted by tthc which is a traffic transport & highway consultancy firm.  These two Companies were both jointly commisioned by The North and West Chelmsford Action Group, which comprises Writtle Parish Council and neighbouring Parishes directly affected by the proposed developments to the north and west of Chelmsford


Castle Point Planning Consultants Local Plan response on behalf of N & W Chelmsford Action Group on all six Srategic Growth Sites in North and West Chelmsford Local Plan and tthc Transport Report can be found in the Steering Group minutes section or by clicking here


 The next stage in the Draft Local Plan process is the Inspectpr's Formal Report at the end of the Examination process as noted above.


Although our Neighbourhood Plan will not be completed until after the Local Plan is finalised and will not affect the outcome, it is closely linked to it and strongly influenced the Parish Council’s decision to start the Neighbourhood Plan process in order to protect any future development of our Parish.  

Our Neighbourhood Plan Designated Area is now registered by Writtle Parish Council as the Relevant Body 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.  


To find out more click on: - Neighbourhood Plan where you you will find recent minutes of the Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group together with an explanation of the Neighbourhood Plan process and how it fits within the Planning System, files take a few seconds to open, please be patient. 


If you are a Parishioner or run a Business in the Parish and wish to become a member of Writtle Future and join in the Neighbourhood Plan dialogue, simply go to "Request Membership" at the top of this page and follow the instructions.   



Some Basic Points the Steering Group Considered in putting together a Neighbourhood Plan

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. 

Further questions posed:

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?

After careful analysis it was decided by the Steering Group and the Parish Council that a Neighbourhood Plan would be in the very best interests of the Parish. 




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 Sponsors listed on the back cover of the Plans.