Master Planning and Site Promotion

baeWe work with landowners and planning consultants to promote sites for development through the Local Plan Process. With particular emphasis on working with political and local communities to help create awareness and understanding of how future development may progress.

We are experienced in collaborative planning and neighbourhood planning. We facilitate workshops and consultation to support masterplan development, working with local communities to define and refine how a new site will integrate into the existing town or village.

Currently, we are working on a range of projects across the south and south east including: 2,500 homes in Epping Forest, Essex, which includes several schools, commercial and community amenities; 300 homes in St. Albans, Hertfordshire; 1,000 homes in Elmbridge, Surrey, which is 50% affordable and includes a school; We are also in the early stages of promoting sites for 6,000 homes elsewhere in Surrey; and 10,000 homes in Oxfordshire.

Wisley Airfield, Surrey

This derelict airfield contains the largest previously developed site within the Guildford Greenbelt. Following extensive engagement it has been allocated in Guildford’s draft local plan.

Birchall Garden Suburb, Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire

A proposed garden suburb to provide for the housing and social needs of the local community. The site straddles East Herts and Welwyn Hatfield councils. Whilst it is in the Green Belt it has been allocated in both emerging local plans.

Plymouth Airport, Devon

An ongoing communications programme for the former airport encompassing national and local political engagement. The programme aims to have the site allocated within the Plymouth and South West Local Plan.

Drake Park, Elmbridge, Surrey

Chelgate is assisting with a planning application for over 1,054 new homes on 147 acres in Hersham. The plans would see the former quarry transformed into a new sustainable village community with a 70 acre riverside park. The development will consist of a combination of 1- 5- bed apartments and houses. Plans for the site include a shop, a surgery, a pub, a two-form entry primary school and over 500 affordable homes.

Lower Feltham, London Borough of Hounslow:

Chelgate was retained by SLPT, a Far East investment trust, to promote a large greenbelt brownfield site in Feltham. The 126 acre former quarry and landfill site has remained largely unused for over 30 years and is largely overgrown. The site, which is next to the Feltham Young Offenders Institute and BP’s headquarters, is ideal for commercial, residential and leisure uses. This was a long term project, which was expected to last 8-10 years. We carried out the initial community consultation, engaging with residents surrounding the site, and local councillors, in a collaborative planning process.


Solar PanelsFrom new nuclear and unconventional gas to solar and wind farms. We have worked across the UK to help create new energy infrastructure. Out team has experience supporting projects for new gas and electricity generation, storage and energy distribution. With specific experience of NSIPs and the Planning Act 2008 we have devised and implemented engagement and consultation programmes to work with communities potentially hosting new infrastructure development.

Projects executives have handled include: solar projects in Wiltshire, East Sussex, Leicestershire, Nottinghamshire and Suffolk; tidal energy on the Severn Estuary; emerging waste to energy plants at Pinkham Way and Edmonton for the North London Waste Authority; and new nuclear at Hinkley Point.

North London Waste Authority:

Chelgate was appointed to handle communications for North London Waste Authority (NLWA) for the procurement of one, possibly two, waste to energy plants in north London.

Crewkerne, Wiltshire:

Chelgate was retained to undertake local community engagement for a 12MW solar park on agricultural land just outside the village of Crewkerne. We implemented a programme of local engagement with residents and councillors resulting in a successful planning application and consent.

Breitling Energy Corporation:

For several years, Chelgate has been promoting shale exploration and fracking in Europe and the Middle East on behalf of Texas-based Breitling Energy Corporation. This has involved a comprehensive range of engagement including political (councils, UK government and EU), online, roadshows and media relations.

Catsfield, East Sussex:

A 12MW solar park south of the village of Catsfield for OPDE, a leading Spanish solar development company. Chelgate helped promote the project to the local village including, online (website & social media), canvassing, exhibitions, town presentation and local briefings.

Retail, Commercial and Mixed-use

Planning communications for commercial, retail and mixed-use developmentFrom complex site assembly to city and town centre regeneration, we work with developers and local authorities to bring redundant sites back into effective use. From retail and commercial development to mixed use regeneration schemes, we work proactively with the project team to engage with neighbours and stakeholders to support the planning application and then the build programme as the site comes to life.

Premier Inn, Epsom, Surrey

Chelgate Local is assisting Whitbread Plc, which owns Premier Inn, with community consultation and stakeholder engagement around the redevelopment of the Camrades’ Club in Epsom to create a new club and a 57-bedroom hotel near the town centre. The project was given planning consent by Epsom & Ewell council in 2016.

Cardinal Place, Victoria Street, London:

Regeneration of the north side of Victoria Street by Land Securities to create some 49,100 sq. m of offices in two buildings and 8,400 sq. m of retail and restaurant accommodation. Chelgate carried out political, community and stakeholder engagement for the project.

Malton, North Yorkshire:

Regeneration of the Cattle Market in Malton Town Centre for the Fitzwilliam Estates, to create an anchor supermarket, four retail units and a car park. Chelgate has handled the community and political engagement for the project, including mounting a concerted opposition campaign to a proposed large superstore on the edge of town centre edge. This new development, which gained significant local opposition, had the potential of sucking custom away from the town centre businesses.

Center Parcs, Woburn, Bedfordshire:

A new leisure village in Woburn required comprehensive stakeholder engagement and community consultation for several years prior to planning. It opened in the spring of 2015. Chelgate also handled a similar programme prior to the Longleat Centre Parcs back in 1992.

West Herts College, Hemel Hempstead:

Redevelopment of the existing college, while releasing some of the site for housing, for West Herts College in the centre of Hemel Hempstead. Chelgate handled the community and employee consultation surrounding the project prior to submission.

Chelgate also worked on the new Watford Campus, which was part redevelopment and part site consolidation, releasing one Watford campus for housing.



Housebuilding photo - Chelgate Local

Housing and housebuilding are currently high on the political agenda. Chelgate supports projects across the housing spectrum from large scale private development to city centre regeneration. Working with national housebuilders, leading housing associations and planning consultants, we have worked on new home schemes across London and the Home Counties, the South East, East Anglia and the East Midlands.

Chelgate Local is currently working on projects across the South East ranging from new settlements to developments of a handful of homes.

Hertford, Hertfordshire:

A project to redevelop a former car garage into 34 new homes including 26 apartments and eight houses. The project, for Taylor Wimpey, was approved by East Hertfordshire District Council in 2016.

Nescot, Epsom, Surrey:

Chelgate Local assisted Circle Housing and Hill Residential with a planning application for a new residential development on land adjacent to Nescot, adjoining Reigate Road and the A24. Epsom and Ewell Council granted planning permission for 91 new homes on the site in 2016.

Melbourne, South Derbyshire:

Linden Homes planned 120 homes in Melbourne, a historic Derbyshire village where Thomas Cook was born and which gave its name to a famous city in Australia. Chelgate Local is assisting with the local consultation and stakeholder engagement.

Borehamwood, Hertfordshire

Chelgate Local provided public affairs support to Taylor Wimpey for this 88-apartment development in the Elstree Way corridor. It was granted approval in 2015.