I see they want to build 500 more homes in Chelmsford City Centre and try to convince people that it will be an improvement to a City that is already ram full of houses and lacking any real green ‘open spaces’. The development on the old gas works site has mooted for years and with two rivers in close proximity it would be idea to turn into a wildlife reserve and bring back a bit of greenery to concrete Chelmsford.
Plans to build 421 new homes on urban wasteland on the banks of the River Chelmer have moved a step closer to reality.The developers this week submitted their planning application to develop land, after buying the plot from the city council in a £14 million deal in January. The proposed development sits adjacent to the former gasworks site, which in turn, is expected to be bought by Chelmsford City Council for around £5 million later this year. Alongside the influx of new homes, a third of which will be affordable housing, is proposing to build new public gardens, a café, shop and office space as part of their Chelmer Waterside complex. All this means is two thirds of house will be probably be considered as luxury and exclusive and make a tasty profit for the companies involved. Where as the affordable housing will go to first time buyers and leave nothing for anyone else,unless you’re rolling in it.
Alternative ambitious plans were submitted to reinvent Chelmsford as the ‘Venice of East Anglia’ but these appeared to be dead in the water after council chiefs declared the idea “impractical”.
The City council leader said in February that they were adamantly opposed to plans for a 168-metre canal beside Essex Record Office, in Wharf Road, which would enable river traffic from across mid Essex to sail into the city.
The project, which has been mooted for two decades, was brought back into action after 120 people joined members of the Inland Waterways Association, Essex Waterways and the Chelmsford Civic Society at a meeting designed to rekindle the idea.
“I have no intention whatsoever of allowing these plans to go ahead,” were remarks heard after learning of the consultation, hosted at the Essex Record Office early this year. All it seems these days is that profit has a place high above any creative ambitiousness and that anything that could make a city better now gets shelved ahead of money making schemes. It now leave Chelmsford even more of a concrete jungle and the visions of the pleasant market town of the mid twentieth century just distant memories.