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Chelmsford North East Bypass

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Chelmsford North East Bypass

The mid and north Essex strategic road network has an essential role in supporting our businesses, jobs and future. That is why we are aiming to create a final strategic link to connect the network across the north of Chelmsford.

In 2007, Essex County Council and its partners laid out a long-term plan for a Chelmsford North East Bypass and safeguarded the land. Safeguarding is part of the planning process and helps protect land set aside for infrastructure projects such as this one from being used for other purposes.

In 2008, due to economic challenges and reduced funding for local authorities, the scheme was put on hold. However, the corridor has been safeguarded since then, and updates to the safeguarded corridor were presented in the Draft Local Plan consultation held in early 2018. The updates ensure there is sufficient space for the scheme and that no land is safeguarded unnecessarily.

The consultation ran for six weeks, from Wednesday, 31 January 2018, and was the last opportunity to comment on the proposal for the safeguarded corridor updates before the process of seeking legal powers to safeguard the land commences.


The safeguarded corridor

The corridor generally reflects a 100m boundary, which is wide enough to ensure the bypass can be built, connect to the local road network, and provide land for environmental mitigation. The land required for junctions, structures and other key highway features, such as local road diversions, has also been updated. 

The leaflet presented at the 2018 consultation is available below. The map of the updated corridor is included in this document.


Next steps

At a later date, after the corridor is safeguarded, there will be further engagement and consultation on the Chelmsford North East Bypass as part of the statutory planning process before the scheme is finalised. The scheme will be presented in detail as part of any formal planning application, providing the opportunity for further comments to be made and assessed.


Housing Infrastructure Fund 

In March 2019, Essex County Council submitted a Housing Infrastructure Fund bid titled ‘Chelmsford North East Bypass & Beaulieu Railway Station’ in relation to this project. You can find out more by viewing our bid summaries .