South Essex Joint Strategic Plan

JSP background note - South Essex 2050 - Taking Forward Our Place Ambition

In Summer 2017 the Leaders and Chief Executives of South Essex – Basildon, Brentwood, Castle Point, Rochford, Southend-on-Sea, Thurrock and Essex County Council – embarked on a process to develop a long-term growth ambition that would underpin strategic spatial, infrastructure and economic priorities across the sub-region. The ‘South Essex 2050 Ambition’ is now being taken forward through a number of workstreams to develop:

  • the spatial strategy, through a Joint Strategic Plan
  • a Productivity Strategy
  • a strategic Infrastructure Framework in particular focusing on transport
  • a Place Narrative and Communications Strategy

The context for the SE2050 Ambition is to ensure that the local authorities have a clear vision for South Essex as a place, putting them in a strong position to shape and influence wider plans and strategies, for example, the Thames Estuary 2050 Commission and the London Plan, and Government and other investment priorities.

The local authorities recognise that the long term healthy and sustainable growth in South Essex can only be delivered through a strategic solution and that this will require some politically and technically challenging decisions as the Ambition is implemented.  In January 2018, therefore, the local authorities formed the Association of South Essex Local Authorities (ASELA) to ensure that implementation of the Ambition has strong leadership and is managed on a truly collaborative basis.

The South Essex Joint Strategic Plan

The spatial strategy to implement the SE2050 Ambition is being taken forward through a Joint Strategic Plan (JSP) called the South Essex Plan. This will provide the high level statutory planning framework for the whole South Essex area. Individual Local plans, such as that for Southend, and other place-shaping tools will provide detailed policies and guidance to deliver this on the ground.

Work on the JSP is underway with a Project Delivery Board in place, and a timetable and scope agreed. A Statement of Common Ground was published in June and has been formally agreed by all partners.

The current timetable is ambitious with submission expected to take place in 2020. Detailed local policies and site allocations for Southend will be developed by the council alongside the JSP but will have to fully reflect its overarching strategy. Timing of the preparation of the South Essex Plan (JSP) and Southend Local Plan will therefore need to be closely co-ordinated.

Statement of Community Involvement Consultation

The six Local Authorities in South Essex (Basildon, Brentwood, Castle Point, Rochford, Southend and Thurrock) together with Essex County Council are currently working together across local authority boundaries on strategic issues such as infrastructure, planning and growth to make sure that there are quality jobs, transport, schools and homes for its residents. This work includes producing a South Essex Plan that will set out a strategic framework for development in the area for the period up to 2038 and will reflect a broader vision to 2050. The South Essex Plan will provide an overall policy context for Local Plans.

As part of the preparation of the South Essex Plan, a Statement of Community Involvement (SCI) has been produced. This will be an Addendum to the existing SCI of each Council and sets out a framework for how we will undertake consultation on the South Essex Plan.

Joint Strategic Plan - Scoping Report July 2020

The 2004 Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act and related Regulations require that all Plans be subject to Sustainability Appraisal (SA) and Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA). Preparation of a Scoping Report addressing what should be in the SA/SEA forms an early stage of this process. A five week statutory consultation is required with Natural England, Environment Agency and Historic England. The consultation on the South Essex Plan Scoping Report prepared for the Councils by Land Use Consultants (LUC) covers the period 3rd July-7th August. 

The Scoping Report has been made more widely available for information purposes. If you wish to make any observations please email us.

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