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. 

Regeneration and Chelmsford Diocese: find out more

The link below gives information about the new housing planned in the Local Authorities in Chelmsford Diocese.

New Housing in 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



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

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

The local contact in Chelmsford Diocese for estates ministry is Revd Darren McIndoe.

Click here to email Darren

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 Planning Research Officer: New & Existing Christian Communities

Email Carol Richards


For more information please contact Carol Richards
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