A full planning permission was acquired for £1bn Beaulieu development in Essex that will result in 3,600 homes and will create new engineering job opportunities.
Chelmsford City Council and Essex County Council have signed a deal that will see major community infrastructure improvements. These include a new relief road that will join Beaulieu to the A12 and land.
The agreement also provides funding for a range of new facilities, including two new primary schools and a secondary school, community, health, and retail facilities, and extensive landscaped public open spaces.
As a result of the scheme, 3,600 homes to the north east of Chelmsford city centre and a brand new train station on the East Anglia mainline will be built in the neighbourhood.
Councillor Neil Gulliver, who is Chelmsford City Council’s Cabinet Member for Planning & Economic Development, expressed his support for the scheme: “It’s absolutely key to ensure that we have the right infrastructure in place to support our growing city.
“This agreement sets in place some major enhancements which will be of huge benefit to existing communities, as well as to those moving into the new development at Beaulieu. I look forward to working further with Countryside and seeing construction work begin this spring.”
The construction works are expected to begin in the spring of this year.
Richard Cherry, Deputy Chairman at Countryside, said: “Beaulieu has been a long time coming and represents a big step forward for Chelmsford. It will bring numerous benefits to the city in the form of engineering jobs, a wide choice of new homes, much needed new community and transport infrastructure creating a safe and prosperous new neighbourhood to live and work in.”
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