Masterplan process

The development of the Masterplan has reached Stage 2 of the four-stage CCC Masterplan Process.

The Local Plan policy requires a Masterplan to be prepared to guide the future development of the site. Chelmsford City Council (CCC) has established a four-stage masterplanning procedure which is set out below:

  • Stage 0 – Developer / promoter notifies the Council of their intention to commence the masterplan process and enters a planning performance agreement (PPA) with CCC
  • Stage 1 – Masterplan pre-application and stakeholder consultation – including stakeholder workshop sessions undertaken on 29 January 2020
  • Stage 2 – Masterplan submission to CCC by promoters; registration and public consultation by CCC
  • Stage 3 – Consultation feedback and masterplan adopted by CCC as approved guidance

The CCC Masterplanning procedure can be viewed here –

Stage 0 and Stage 1

CCC and the promoters of SGS10 completed Stage 0 of this process by entering into a PPA and undertaking initial work on a draft Masterplan. The PPA helps to avoid delay and uncertainty throughout the Masterplan process and ensures that timeframes and mutual goals are met. 

Stage 1 of the masterplanning procedure has also been completed through initial engagement with key stakeholders. The purpose of this stage was to ensure that key stakeholders were consulted on the draft Masterplan so that it (a) responds to the vision and principles for the site to ensure the delivery of CCC Council’s Spatial Strategy and (b) takes account of feedback from key stakeholders, including those who live and work in South Woodham Ferrers, technical consultees such as ECC Highways and Drainage and local service providers, such as Mid and South Essex Clinical Commissioning Group and First Group Essex.

Stage 2

Updates were made to the Masterplan following Stage 1 and it was then submitted to CCC. CCC has now launched Stage 2 of the process – public consultation with the wider SWF community. Public consultation on the Masterplan runs until 24th July 2020 and feedback can be submitted to CCC via its website. More details on how to provide feedback are included on the ‘feedback’ tab. 

All feedback received by CCC as part of Stage 2 public consultation will be considered by CCC and modifications made, where appropriate, by the promoters, prior to the Masterplan being considered for adoption by CCC.

As part of Stage 2, consultation exhibition events were scheduled to take place, but in light of Covid 19 and recent Government guidance, these cannot go ahead as planned. We will keep this under review and should the guidance change throughout the consultation period to allow consultation events to take place, we will advise all residents of the details.

Our public exhibition is now available in our virtual reality exhibition room – this can be viewed on our Home page.