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Major new £1bn community for Chelmsford gets the go-ahead

Nov 30 2012

Beaulieu Park

Countryside Properties and its development partner L&Q have received outline planning consent from Chelmsford City Council for the development of Beaulieu, a major new £1 billion neighbourhood in North East Chelmsford.

The new neighbourhood includes up to 3,600 new homes and includes a site for a new railway station on the East Anglian main line.

The proposals also include up to 62,300 sq m (670,000 sq ft) gross employment floorspace, incorporating a leading-edge 40,000 sq m (431,000 sq ft) business park, which could create 3,500 new jobs.

Over the past few years Countryside and L&Q have worked closely with Chelmsford City Council to develop the plans, which fit with local planning policy, particularly the North Chelmsford Area Action Plan.

David Montague, Chief Executive of L&Q, said:

"We strive to create real communities where people want to live; communities underpinned by robust infrastructure and quality design. This neighbourhood will offer a wide range of choices of homes for local people, whether they are first-time buyers seeking a foot on the property ladder or families looking for the right place to bring up their children. At the same time it will provide a host of new opportunities - in particular a new railway station and business park."

The new neighbourhood, with mixed-tenure homes designed to the highest standards, will create a sustainable community on the 247-hectare (610-acre) site. It will include a full range of types and sizes of homes with the majority being suitable for family housing.

L&Q will provide up to 970 much-needed new affordable homes for shared ownership and rent. Read the full press release here.