Plans for twelve new low-cost homes in Chelmsford

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Twelve more families will be able to afford to rent a home in Chelmsford, following a grant of planning permission by Chelmsford City Council on Tuesday (6 October). The site was previously a now-demolished church hall and open space, on Woodhall Road in north Chelmsford.

Every one of the 12 new homes will be at genuinely-affordable, social rent levels, which is very unusual for a housing development. The project arises from negotiations between the City Council and Chelmer Housing Partnership (CHP), the largest local provider of social housing.

There is a significant demand for social rent properties in Chelmsford, particularly larger family homes. These new homes will offer a mix of two to four-bed houses and one-bed flats, all with on-site parking. This development will help address Chelmsford’s housing crisis where we currently have 250 households living in temporary accommodation, with numbers set to rise, and many more in overcrowded, unsuitable homes.

In addition to the new homes, the plans include landscaping and parking for up to 30 vehicles. Following discussions locally, the planning permission will also mean upgrades to nearby green spaces and playgrounds, namely at Andrews Park, Berwick Avenue and Rutland Road. These changes, along with the development itself, will have a positive impact on the area and have an overall benefit to the local community.

Leader of Chelmsford City Council, Councillor Stephen Robinson, said, “This development is a small step towards addressing the housing crisis that we have in Chelmsford, but there is much more we must do. The homes will offer young families and local residents an opportunity to live in new, permanent, affordable homes rather than temporary accommodation.”

The plans were approved unanimously by the Committee members.

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