How to contact us and give your views

What are We Consulting on

We first consulted on an issues and options document in early 2019 as part of the first stage in preparing a New Local Plan for Southend. Building on the valuable feedback you provided we are now once again seeking your comments and views on ‘Refining the Plan Options’ which looks in more detail at possible options for preparing a new strategy and plan for the Borough and identifies specific sites that could contribute to meeting future needs.

This consultation focuses especially on four different strategies for providing for housing growth and how effective they are in providing for the level of housing that the Government says we need to consult on.

In addition to Housing we are asking for people’s views on other important topics such as the Infrastructure, Green Space, Economy, Transport and the Airport. We would also appreciate your feedback on the work we have done on different Neighbourhoods within the Borough.

How to have your say

This Consultation aims to:

  • Identify different ways of meeting the Borough’s housing and job requirements;
  • Provide more detail on the characteristics and growth capacity of different neighbourhoods;
  • Seek your views on a number of other important topics.

How to have your say

This consultation provides a second opportunity to make your views known on preparing the Local Plan

You may like to consider the following general questions:

Have we identified the right options?

Have we missed anything?

Do we need to collect any further information?

Is there anything we need to change?

We will be contacting everyone who has told us they are interested in the future planning of Southend, this includes, individuals, businesses, Leigh Town Council, interest groups and agencies.

Over the coming weeks we will be having discussions with some of these people about the issues in this consultation. If you have any questions about the consultation or would like to discuss some of the issues, please do contact us.

Comment online and download questions

Please use the tabs at the top of this webpage to navigate through and comment on the Refining the Options

You can view hard copies of the Local Plan document at the Civic Centre and all Southend libraries

email us at

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@PlanSouthend or


Or write to us at

Business Intelligence Officer, Planning Policy, Southend-on-Sea Borough Council, PO Box 6, Civic Centre, Victoria Avenue, Southend-on-Sea, SS2 6ER

Please reply by 5pm on 26 October 2021

If you would like to be notified of future planning policy consultations, you can sign up to our planning policy consultation database. Please contact or telephone 01702 215408.

The Big Debates

To take part in our Local Plan Big Debate surveys: Southend Local Plan Conversation 2021 | Your say Southend

Virtual Exhibition

To enter our Local plan exhibition and access video content:

What Happens next

Comments and views made at this stage will help shape a Preferred Approach document which will be subject to further public consultation next year and in 2023 when the Plan is then submitted to be examined by an independent Inspector.