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Chelmsford 5,000 homes project - what's the latest?

09 April 2019

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Chelmsford 5,000 homes project – what’s the latest?

Late last year, the plans to increase Chelmsford's housing stock by 5,000 homes hit a snag when Chelmsford County Council decided not to include Hammonds Farm in its long-term housing plan.

However, a new partnership between Grosvenor and Hammond Estates is aiming to change this by persuading the local planning inspector that the development site - situated just outside of Chelmsford - should be included in the larger plan to deliver an additional 19,000 homes by 2036.

The proposed development is a 1,160-acre site being touted as a 'distinctive new community', which will boast primary and secondary schools, healthcare facilities and employment space alongside thousands of new housing units.

Hammonds Farm is located to the east of Chelmsford centre, in between Sandon on the A12 and Little Baddow on the A414.

Alex Robinson, director of development, strategic land for Grosvenor Britain and Ireland, commented: "This part of Essex is feeling acute pressure for new homes to meet demand – from young professionals getting on to the housing ladder, to families and downsizers."

"We want to bring forward a new community which boosts the choice and supply of homes, as well as providing the social and physical infrastructure required to create a significant and positive legacy for the community."

Matthew Lynwood, development manager at Hammonds Estates, added that his organisation is dedicated to 'shaping a sustainable and inclusive new community which goes beyond just delivering new homes, but which offers inspiration and opportunities not available elsewhere for all sections of the community that live and work there.'

Although not yet fully confirmed, it's believed this new partnership between Grosvenor and Hammond Estates could give the development the boost it needs to be signed off by the council. Here at Balgores Property Group, we will be watching its progress very closely.

What could it mean for you?

For residents of Chelmsford, the wider plan to deliver almost 20,000 new homes – which Hammonds Farm may soon be a part of – could provide a range of benefits.

As well as contributing towards improved infrastructure and increased amenities, a development like this could also attract more people to live and work in the Chelmsford area.

This is good news for local owners looking to sell in the future as increased demand and improved surroundings can help to push up local property prices. This, in turn, could help you to sell your home quickly and for the best possible price.

At Balgores Property Group, we're here to help Chelmsford home movers buy and sell property as smoothly as possible using our vast experience and knowledge of local market trends.

To find out more about what we can do for you, and where else we operate in East London, Essex and Kent, please get in touch on: 0208 5921 038.

If you’re curious to know exactly how much your Chelmsford property could be worth, you can also request a free instant online valuation today.

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