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Last chance to have your say on the first stage of the new Local Plan

Published Thursday, 21st March 2019

Southend Local Plan logo

Residents, businesses and community groups have just under two weeks to have their say on the borough’s future plans.

The council has held a series of local events seeking people’s views on a new Local Plan, which sets out the council’s proposals to manage development of the borough and how it will assess planning applications for the area over the next twenty years.

The events were well attended and lots of comments were made, and now the council is urging any residents who were unable to attend the events to view the plan online and leave comments by the deadline of Tuesday April 2.

Local Plans address needs and opportunities in relation to housing, the local economy, community facilities and infrastructure, such as roads and transport. They should safeguard the environment, enable adaptation to climate change and help secure high quality and accessible design.

Cllr John Lamb, Leader of Southend-on-Sea Borough Council, said: “The public events proved very popular and we welcomed all the comments and suggestions that were put forward, however with just under two weeks left of the consultation, I urge all residents to have their say.

“Meeting our housing target and securing the necessary infrastructure improvements is an issue that we face, however we are hopeful that we can address this, and also contribute to the growth of Southend as a place to work, live and enjoy. To achieve this, we need the views of local residents and businesses across the borough.                              

“We have a fantastic opportunity here in Southend to create a community that can be proud of its home town and we want this to be passed on to our children and grandchildren so that future generations can continue to thrive here in Southend.”

The draft Local Plan can be viewed and commented upon by visiting the Local Plan website until 2 April 2019.

You can also buy hard copies of the document. Hard copies can also be viewed at the Civic Centre and all the local libraries within the borough.