First glance of Queensway regeneration plans

Published Friday, 18th October 2019

Residents enjoying the Queensway Event activities.

Initial concepts of how the Better Queensway regeneration could take shape will be exhibited at locations around the borough for the public to view from next week.

The exhibition is being organised and led by Porters Place Southend-on-Sea LLP (the LLP), the joint venture between Swan Housing and Southend-on-Sea Borough Council that has been set up to deliver the Queensway regeneration.

The exhibitions will show an initial proposal of how the site could be developed and ask for views on a variety of topics, including how the regeneration can best meet the needs of the community, what improvements could be made to streets and public spaces, and what high quality housing means to local people.

Feedback from this first stage of consultation, which will run until 18th November, will allow the LLP to develop the design ahead of second round of public consultation in early 2020 before the submission of a planning application.

Geoff Pearce, Chair of the Porters Place Southend-on-Sea LLP Board and Executive Director of Regeneration and Development at Swan Housing, says: “Better Queensway will see approximately £500million of investment into one of the most deprived areas of Southend-on-Sea and the transformation of the area to make way for vastly improved housing and a significant number of new homes.

“It will also see the creation of new parks and gardens, new public squares, and an improved Queensway improving the estates connectivity to central Southend. We look forward to meeting the local community during this initial stage of consultation which will help shape designs for the regeneration.”

Cllr Ian Gilbert, Leader of Southend-on-Sea Borough Council, says: “This project will genuinely transform this area of central Southend.  It will have both significant social and economic benefits and it is vital that we deliver this project for the benefit of the local and wider community.

“I am pleased to see the LLP carry out a number of public exhibitions and consultation with local people as the plans progress.

“This is a massive project for Southend-on-Sea and with a project of this size, there will inevitably be elements of the initial plans that provoke debate and different views and it is therefore really important that people attend the initial consultation events and have their say as the LLP progress their design and proposals towards a planning application.”

John Synnuck, Chief Executive for Swan Housing, said: “Swan have been taking on complex regenerations just like Better Queensway for the last 25 years and so we are delighted to be working to bring about the long-awaited regeneration of Queensway. 

“As part of Porters Place Southend-on-Sea LLP, we want to work with local people to transform Queensway from an isolated and aging estate into a thriving community right in the centre of Southend-on-Sea. 

“I therefore want to urge local people to engage with this first consultation period to help us draw up the proposals for the site ready for further consultation in the New Year and then the submission of a planning application.”

The exhibition dates, times and venues are as follows:

  • Wednesday 23 October - All Saints Church hall: 3pm to 8pm
  • Saturday 26 October - The Forum: 10am to 2pm
  • Monday 28 October - Twenty One Western Esplanade: 8am to 1pm
  • Wednesday 30 October - Cliffs Pavilion: 12pm to 5pm

A non-staffed exhibition will also be available to view in the Civic Centre during office hours, and a project website will also be launched next week.