Planning application submitted for Chelmsford North East Bypass

Planning application submitted for Chelmsford North East Bypass

A bypass scheme to support the development of a new railway station, homes and businesses in Chelmsford has moved a major step forward.

Essex County Council, working with Chelmsford City Council, has submitted a planning application for the Chelmsford North East bypass, part of a £250 million investment which also includes a new railway station at Beaulieu.

The bypass would see 4.6km of new road and a 1.2km dual carriageway along the existing A131 in North East Chelmsford. It would connect to the new Beaulieu Park Development in the south and Deres Bridge and Great Leighs in the north, ultimately providing a vital link between the A120 and the A12.

The new route is planned to bypass residential areas and relieve high levels of congestion in Chelmsford itself, while providing a strategic link between the city, Braintree, London Stansted Airport and the wider east and southeast of England, including South Essex and the Lower Thames Crossing.

Cllr Lesley Wagland, Cabinet Member for Economic Renewal, Infrastructure and Planning, said: “As well as closing a gap in Essex’s strategic road network, easing congestion and reducing journey times in and around Chelmsford, the bypass is a key part of a scheme which would support the continued economic success of the area.”

Following public engagement last year, the planning application offers a further opportunity for the public to comment ahead of a planning decision on the project, which is anticipated early next year. Construction of the bypass could begin in 2023 with the scheme opening the following year.

For further information on the planning application please visit the Essex County Council website or click here Planning application - CC/CHL/85/21 (

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