The new local plan must be prepared positively, in a way that is aspirational but deliverable, and provide a vision for the future of Southend and a framework for addressing housing needs and other economic, social and environmental priorities.
The Council has set out an ‘ambition’ and a number of supporting ‘themes’ and ‘outcomes’ that reflects the feedback from the ‘Southend 2050 – be part of the conversation’ engagement programme that started in spring 2018. Over 35,000 people were reached through the work, with 4,000 people actively taking part through a wide variety of events, surveys, workshops and forums across the Borough.
The Southend New Local Plan in setting out a planning framework for the next 20 years, will be a key driver and stepping stone in delivering towards the Southend 2050 shared ambition and sub-regional initiatives. It is important to ensure that we are clear in what we are trying to achieve and where we want to be. This will help shape objectives and provide a measure to monitor how successful the plan has been over the coming years.
Figure 8 below provides a summary of the key messages, relating to planning, that we have received as part of the engagement on Southend 2050 to date. We are keen to hear your views on them, to help us develop planning related objectives and aspirations for the local plan on how our land and open spaces are used in the future.