Southend Call for Sites

Submit a Site through Southend Call for Sites

What is the Southend Call for Sites?

We are gathering information about land that might be considered suitable for development in the City of Southend in the future through the Call for Sites.

Information gathered during the Call for Sites will be assessed within the Southend Housing and Economic Land Availability Assessment (HELAA) and used to inform the preparation of the Southend new Local Plan.

Submitted sites are assessed to establish the capacity, suitability, availability, and achievability for development, taking into account planning policy, environmental and local constraints and the extent to which these can be mitigated or addressed.

The assessment of land availability, for both housing and economic development, is an important component in the preparation of Local Plans. The assessment of sites as part of the preparation of a new Southend Local Plan, may ultimately lead to the site being allocated, providing more certainty for development in this location.

The Call for Sites will not however determine whether a site should be allocated for development, it is a technical exercise aimed at identifying potential sites for development, and all proposals will be considered. It is unlikely that all sites put forward will be included in the Southend new Local Plan but submitting a site(s) through the Call for Sites ensures it is considered, and may lead to an allocation. The Call for Sites is open annually and any sites submitted between the beginning of April and end of March each year wil be considered in the next round of site assessments.

How can I submit a Site to the Call for Sites?

In order to submit a site for consideration as part of the current Call for Sites process, you need to fully complete a Call for Sites - Site Identification Form and submit it to the Council together with an Ordinance Survey (OS) Map of the site (showing two named roads so that the site can be accurately identified). Only information submitted using the Site Identification Form (and accompanying OS map for the site) will be accepted.

Completed Site Identification Forms should be returned to the Council by email:

Or alternatively by post to: Southend-on-Sea City Council, Business Intelligence Officer, Performance Team, 13th Floor, Civic Centre, Victoria Avenue, Southend-on-Sea, SS2 6ER.

Should you have any queries regarding the Call for Sites, please address them to or alternatively 01702 215004 ext. 5408

What are the next stages?

All sites submitted as part of the Call for Sites will be assessed in due course on the basis of their suitability, deliverability and achievability for development. Please note that any initial assessment undertaken on a site does not allocate a site or guarantee that it will be taken forward in the preparation of the Southend new Local Plan.

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