Better Queensway Project
The Better Queensway scheme will transform this area of central Southend into a vibrant new community with high quality housing and outdoor space, providing an attractive place for people of all ages to live, socialise and play.
A detailed public consultation took place in December 2017. You can find out more about this and the results by visiting the Better Queensway website.
In March 2018 the council started a lengthy process to attract and select a partner to work with to deliver the project. That process ended in January 2019 with Swan Housing Association being announced as the council’s ‘preferred bidder.’
The 12 February cabinet report can be read on our democracy pages.
You can also read our media release in our news centre.
In April 2019, the council signed contracts with Swan Housing Association, and Porters Place Southend LLP was created to deliver the regeneration project. You can read our media release in our news centre.
You can also read our latest FAQ’s
Better Queensway – FAQ’s – February 2019
How were Swan Housing Association chosen as preferred bidder?
Swan were selected at the end of a robust and competitive 10 month procurement process that started in March 2018.
Who are Swan Housing Association?
Swan Housing Association celebrates its 25 anniversary this year of providing high-quality and affordable homes to rent and buy. They operate in Essex and East London and locally manage over 11,000 homes. Swan’s mission is to help people feel at home and this influences everything they do. Read more on their website.
What are the next steps for the project?
If approved by the council’s cabinet, Full Council on 21 February and Swan’s Board, the next steps would be to work towards awarding the contract in spring 2019. The joint venture would then be formally created and a full masterplan prepared for the site. This will involve further consultation with residents, business and other key stakeholders, and submission for planning approval. A consultation and activity plan will be sent to residents and published locally, so that stakeholders will have the opportunity to find out more.
It is currently estimated that the masterplan would be submitted for planning approval in summer 2020.
How long is the project expected to take and when will the tower blocks be demolished?
This is a long-term project and one which will need to be phased to ensure impact on residents is managed. Further information on the likely future timetable for the project will be provided in the Summer. This will be part of the further engagement with residents and the consultation process that will need to be undertaken by the joint venture partnership as they develop a masterplan for the area.
How does this affect current tenants of the Queensway estate?
Tenancies will remain with South Essex Homes until residents are moved into their new home. The council and Swan will work in partnership with South Essex Homes during the regeneration to support all residents through the process and all residents will be provided with a team of dedicated officers to support them.
The council and Swan have also committed to maintaining and, in many areas, offering added value to tenancies at the regenerated Queensway estate. This was a key factor in their selection as the preferred bidder.
For residents who wish to move elsewhere the Council has the obligation to support residents with this move and we will work with Swan to offer alternative accommodation.
Page last updated: 30/04/2019