Essex Housing invite residents to have their say on St Peter's College Masterplan

Essex Housing invite residents to have their say on St Peter's College Masterplan

Local residents have been invited to share their feedback on plans to redevelop the site of the former St Peter's College at Fox Crescent, Chelmsford.

Essex Housing, Essex County Council’s housing development team- are consulting the local community on a Masterplan for a housing-led development of the site, which has been vacant since the school closed in 2011.

The plan includes:

  • Up to 180 affordable and private sale family homes.
  • Up to 60 'Independent Living' apartments for older people.
  • More than three hectares of landscaped public open space for the whole community to enjoy.
  • Land set aside for a community 'hub' and two new special educational needs schools.

The site is earmarked for development as a 'Strategic Growth Site' in Chelmsford City Council's recently adopted Local Plan and was the subject of a City Council 'Planning Brief' in 2017. Essex Housing's Masterplan will deliver on the aspirations set out in both development strategies for the site.

In line with the City Council’s brief, most existing buildings on site will be demolished, with work taking place this summer. However, the proposed Masterplan considers the retention of part of the existing school as an option.

Essex Housing have launched a consultation website this week where residents can view the proposals and feedback until late July. Feedback will be reviewed and reflected in the final Masterplan where possible to ensure it is shaped by the community.

After adoption of the Masterplan by Chelmsford City Council, Essex Housing intend to bring forward a planning application.

To find out more about the St Peter’s College Masterplan visit www.stpeterschelmsford.co.uk. Residents without access to the internet can call 0207 592 9592 to request more information.

A spokesperson for Essex Housing said, "The St Peter's College site has been vacant since the school closed several years ago. Our Masterplan promises to give the site a new lease of life.

"The plan has been developed working closely with Chelmsford City Council to ensure it meets the aspirations for new homes, ample public open space, new SEN schools and a potential community hub.

"We want to hear residents' views on our proposed Masterplan, so that we can reflect community feedback in the final plan where possible."

Essex Housing is Essex County Council’s housing development team. They were set up to build general needs, affordable and specialist housing, as well as improving and creating new community facilities. No site is the same, but they always set out to deliver well-designed homes and neighbourhoods and reinvest any surpluses into public services through Essex County Council.

Last updated 26 June 2020