News and Events


6th July 2020
Opening the Playgrounds
We are pleased to announce the reopening of the playgrounds and outdoor gym in Great Baddow Recreation Ground as from Tuesday 7th July 2020. Please note the equipment will be sprayed with sanitizer once a week therefore using the equipment is at your own risk. Anyone using the equipment should observe general hygiene practices of sanitizing hands prior to using the play area and washing or sanitizing them as soon as possible after leaving.Thank you Great Baddow Parish Council

Planning Application 20/00840/SCOPE
Dear Residents
The Parish Council has made the following objection to the Scope Application no. 20/00840/SCOPE Request for an Environmental Impact Assessment scoping opinion for:
up to 205 dwellings (Parcels 3c and 3d); up to 8,500 sq m of commercial use (3b) , and safeguarded land for Sandon Park and Ride.

Great Baddow Parish Council objects to this application and calls for Chelmsford City Council to reject the application and instruct Redrow to withdraw the document and resubmit in line with and limiting it to the land covered by the Local Plan and appropriate number of houses. At present much of the document covers a far greater area than allowed for in the Local Plan, with Sites 1 and 2 extending the area far beyond 3c and referring to a vastly increased number of dwellings.
Details of the implications of assumptions included contain the following:
The housing proposal in the Local Plan for Site 3c, the area beyond Molrams Lane, is for about 150 new homes only.
The adjoining Local Plan site 3a (Manor Farm), which is not a Redrow site, is described in the Plan as being for up to 250 dwellings. However, Redrow’s application claims that pre-application discussions for that site are centred on a scheme for around 300 dwellings.
Redrow’s description of their planned sites proposes around 700-800 dwellings, far in excess of the 150 allowed for in the Local Plan. Taken together with the Manor Farm site (contrasting the Local Plan proposal with Redrow’s claim) this would increase the number of dwellings proposed for the area around Great Baddow from about 400 to 1000-1100 dwellings.

Great Baddow Parish Council Councillors

URC Update
Dear Residents

Thank you to all those that completed the survey. We had a good response with overwhelming support for the Parish Council purchasing the building.

The owners, the Eastern Synod of the United Reformed Church however, put a closing date on bids for the property much earlier than expected, the 21st May, which meant the Council had to make an earlier than expected decision as to whether we would bid for the building or not.

On 20th May we held a Full Council Meeting to discuss the potential purchase of the building and it was decided that the Council would put in a bid.

We put the bid in the next morning and received confirmation of receipt.

Unfortunately, the Council has now heard that our bid has not been successful and the owners have sold the building to another organisation. We are extremely disappointed, as we know how important this building is to the residents.

The Synod have also retracted the decision to allow the Council to take over management of the building from the 21st June, as previously agreed, as they are expecting the sale to go through quite quickly. This has come as a complete surprise to the Council, and we will continue to do everything we can to try and find out if organisations will still be able to hire the halls.

Please note the survey will remain open until the 11th June. We are very keen to make sure we receive as many replies as possible in case the sale falls through, and in any event to have the evidence to prove to the purchasers how important the use of their building is to the community.

 Yours sincerely

Great Baddow Parish Council

Chelmsford Local Plan - Strategic Growth Site 3a - East Chelmsford - Manor Farm
The Parish Council held an initial introductory meeting with 3 representatives of Hopkins Homes on Monday 1st June. Hopkins Homes are the developers for this site and are currently in the process of drawing up the master plan for the site.

Hopkins Homes gave a short presentation about their company and the process of consultation going forward. The Council raised its concerns about the development including infrastructure, school places, affordable housing and sustainable transport.

As part of Stage 1 of the Consultation the developer will be arranging workshops for the community and key stakeholders in conjunction with Chelmsford City Council. Councillors made it clear that consultations with Great Baddow residents are paramount and should take place in Great Baddow.

As soon as we receive details of these workshops, we will post them on our website and through social media.

 We have been assured that the development will be two thirds Country Park and one third housing of which 35% must be affordable.

The Council will be contacting the Headteachers of the local schools, the doctors surgeries, the local education authority, the local CCG (Clinical Commissioning Group) and NHS England to gather their thoughts and comments and ensure they are fully aware of this development and the likely impact on our village and its services.

The Council are very keen to hear from the residents and would ask you to forward any comments, questions or thoughts to the Clerk via her email

Memorial for a loved one

Photo of the memorial to Peter Jeffrey in the Lawn Cemetery

Visitors to the Lawn Cemetery may have noticed the new memorial, which was installed last autumn in memory of Peter Jeffrey who was our Grounds Manager.

We are now able to offer families the chance to purchase an engraved granite plaque on the memorial. The plaque will provide a lasting reminder of a loved one and can be engraved with your own wording.

For more information please contact the Assistant Clerk, Ginette Phillips, on 01245 472937 or via email:

Parish Council Summer Playscheme 2020
Due to COVID 19 we were unable to hold our usual Summer Playscheme this year. However we funded the "Play in the Park" days which were run by Chelmsford City Council and provided two fun days at the Recreation Ground on 5th and 12th of August. Please find below a report of our successful 2019 Playscheme

Children enjoying outdoor activities during the summer playscheme    Children enjoying entertainment from the magician at the summer playscheme

Last year we held our annual summer playscheme for children between the ages of 6 and 11 early in the school summer holidays. There were morning and afternoon sessions for a whole week, Monday to Friday, which were free to all children living in Great Baddow. It was a highly successful week, with over 70 children taking advantage of the playscheme; the children thoroughly enjoyed both indoor and outdoor activities, including opportunities to try Parkour (free running style gymnastics), craft activities and a final party session with entertainment by the resident magician, Papalarny.

All the comments from parents were highly positive, and we would like to thank and congratulate all the playscheme staff, who made the week such a success.

30th July 2019
Improved Toddler Play Area

Toddlers' play area showing the new surface

We are very pleased to let you know that the toddlers' play area in the Recreation Ground is now open again with a new, improved, safer, toddler friendly surface. Safety has also been improved by partial removal of surrounding hedging, making the area more open and visible, particularly at times when it is not being used by families.

Neighbourhood Watch in Great Baddow
Neighbourhood Watch was set up in Great Baddow many years ago, but it is in need of revitalising!

A Neighbourhood Watch is a group of people living in a neighbourhood that can be as wide as a parish or as local as part of a street. People support each other in ways such as sharing information and advice about keeping homes safe and secure and personal safety. They may also be aware of vulnerable neighbours and watch out for them or look out for any suspicious activities in the area and share this with neighbours and the police.

Great Baddow city councillors have been to meetings organised by the Chelmsford Community Safety team, the police and the Chelmsford Neighbourhood Watch coordinator, with a view to reinvigorating the scheme in Great Baddow. They are looking for people who might be interested in volunteering to set up a group in their street or part of a street – there is plenty of advice and help available to help set up a group. If you would be interested in finding out more, please contact Cllr Sue Young on Further information can also be found on the Chelmsford Neighbourhood Watch website at Sue and three other Great Baddow city councillors are also members of Great Baddow Parish Council and the Parish Council is keen to support efforts to widen active participation in Neighbourhood Watch.