The bridge and associated access road would provide access to a new neighbourhood, Chelmer Waterside, which has the potential for up to 970 new homes over the next 10 years. Construction of the first 450 is already under way.

Plans for the 48m-span tied-arch bridge have been produced by Essex Highways, Ringway Jacobs and Chelmsford City Council.

Chelmer Waterfront proposed arch bridge

The design is intended to reflect the former industrial heritage of Chelmer Waterside, whilst creating a local landmark and maintaining enjoyment of, and views along, the river. Its design will ensure there is enough room for boats using the waterways and it will also connect into the city's cycle network.

Councillor Chris Davidson said: “There is an opportunity to turn a former industrial site into a great new quarter with homes, businesses and public areas on the waterfront. We are determined to ensure that we put in attractive infrastructure first, so this is a real improvement to the centre of our city.”

Public consultation will run from 1 August to midday on 24 August 2020.