Channels, Chelmsford 750 Homes


Ptarmigan first became involved at Channels, Chelmsford in 2009 and successfully achieved planning for 750 units in 2012.  Since then Ptarmigan has maximised the value of the site by overseeing the installation of delivery and the sale of multiple lots to various housebuilders.  In the 2016 Local Plan Ptarmigan received a further allocation for 1,000 homes and 500,000 ft2 of employment space. 

This site had been held by the landowners family for  over 80 years and was previously used for gravel  workings followed by golf. Working closely with the  family, Ptarmigan has delivered an initial 750 homes  in a carefully created landscaped setting surrounded  by trees and lakes, installing all the roads, sewers, utilities and landscaping required to make it a successful  development and a long term legacy for the landowners  who continue to live on the land and operate a  restaurant and leisure facility, boutique hotel, golf  destination and other facilities.  The open space site is  managed by a dedicated site management company  currently owned by the landowners, guaranteeing long  term stewardship for the benefit of the whole community.

As soon as planning was granted Ptarmigan worked  with national housebuilder Bellway to deliver the  “RDR” (Radial Distributor Road) – creating the first  leg of a new major road linking Essex Regiment  Way to the Boreham Interchange on the A12. 

Ptarmigan’s section was delivered on time and on  budget in 2014. At the same time a new 4km trunk  sewer was provided. Ptarmigan has managed the co-ordination and delivery of all the site wide  infrastructure and landscape, as well as the Channels Bus Service.


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