Transforming the communities of Essex & East London through Christ’s presence

In Chelmsford Diocese there are many such regeneration areas – notably in the London Boroughs and the Thames Gateway but also in Colchester, Harwich and elsewhere.

There are also plans for large new housing developments in many places across the whole diocese. 

Find out Regeneration and Chelmsford Diocese

Recent Articles

Growing Church and Community in a New Housing Area

Estate Churches Email Conference 2020

From the East End to Debden

Planning Matters

Archbishop launches new Commission on Housing, Church and Community

The housing crisis is to be the subject of a major new Commission launched by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby. Academics, housing experts and theologians are to meet over an 18-month period to examine how the Church of England can build on its own work in housing and contribute to the national debate on policy.

The Archbishop of Canterbury’s Commission on Housing, Church and Community will explore a Christian perspective on housing policy with a particular focus on providing good homes and promoting thriving communities.

Find out more information


The gallery has pictures of some of the regeneration projects and larger new housing areas from around the diocese.

Click here to view the gallery

Borough and District Map

Each of the Boroughs and Districts in Chelmsford Diocese has a Local Plan or Core Strategy with future plans for their area covering issues such as places to live, places to work, town centres, culture, community needs, transport, waste management, green belt, environmental management, design, heritage. Click here to go to a map showing all the boroughs and districts in the diocese. The map has external links to the future planning pages of each borough and district.

Click here to go to the Borough and District Map

Church in New Housing Areas

This is an external link to the Churches Together in England New Housing Areas page, where there are resources for the church and new housing, planning information and stories from projects around the country.

Click here to read more

National Estate Church Network

This is an external link to the National Estate Church Network website.

Click here to read more

Church Urban Fund Poverty Look Up Tool.

This is an external link to the Church Urban Fund Poverty Look Up Tool. Find out the level of poverty in your parish and how this compares with other parishes locally and nationally.

Click here to open

Previous Projects

Lymington Project in Barking & Dagenham

The Marks Gate Story

Regeneration of Church Buildings in Chingford


Click on the links below to download the information.

10 Top Tips for Outreach to New Housing Areas

How to do a Community Survey

Neighbourhood Planning

Local Plan Process and Community Consultation


Click on the links below to download the reports.

House of Bishops paper on church planting - June 2018

Large New Housing Areas in Chelmsford Diocese May 2016

What is a Community Land Trust?

Bishop Laurie Green on Estates and Regeneration

Public Art & Regeneration

Developments in Newham

Regeneration and Social Housing

The biggest regeneration projects

Stratford Original Business Improvement District



January 2007 - Inspiring Communities

For more information:

Carol Richards


Carol Richards
Mission in
Regeneration Advisor

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Tel: 020 8534 8388

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