Unanimous planning consent for new riverside quarter in Chelmsford

Chelmer Waterside, a new residential-led riverside quarter designed by PRP for Taylor Wimpey, has received unanimous planning consent. The masterplan delivers 421 new homes and public spaces on the edge of Chelmsford city centre.

The Chelmer Waterside masterplan will offer homes across a number of tenures and typologies, together with a new public square, green spaces and complimentary non-residential uses, creating a thriving new riverside quarter for Chelmsford.

South-east of the city centre, the site occupies a peninsula, bounded by the River Chelmer and the historic Chelmer and Blackwater Navigation. The principles of the masterplan acknowledge a key vista to the Grade II listed Moulsham Mill and  present a varied and vibrant frontage to the river edge. A new public square will integrate the Essex Record Office, home to an archive of over 1,000 years of Essex history, neighbouring the site seamlessly into the scheme.

Buildings of varied heights and forms will be knitted together by a rich and well-considered landscape scheme, which extends towards and interact with the riverside setting. PRP’s proposals will also increase permeability through the site, while buildings will be orientated to maximise views to the water for residents and visitors throughout. The design has been developed across PRP with input from a range of in-house disciplines including architecture, urban design, landscape, and sustainability.

Scott Cromack, Associate Director at PRP, said:

“This is an exciting project for the practice to have been involved with, on a key site in Chelmsford, with the design intent aspiring to deliver a high quality residential development. The scheme for the peninsula is a product of PRP’s collaborative working ethos with the design team, client and planning officers at the local authority and we look forward to seeing its realisation on site.”

Stephen Wood, Senior Planning Manager at Taylor Wimpey East London, added:

“This truly transformative and ambitious scheme is the result of shared aspirations for high quality design and of collaborative working practices, which will work together to create a vibrant, bustling new riverside quarter for Chelmsford and revitalise this historic stretch of the River Chelmer.”

Construction is expected to begin in late 2017.