Aims and Objectives
A key and integral part of developing the New Local Plan will be to embed the Southend 2050 ambition and present an aim for where we want to be in 20 years’ time together with a set of Spatial Objectives that relate to planning. The comments you have fed back to us on the Issues and Options document will be considered as part of this process.
The Spatial Objectives need to embrace the essence of the Plan’s aim and expand on this to provide a framework for the development of specific planning policies and guidance.
What You Said
As part of the consultation on the Issues and Options document you told us that you were in broad agreement with the key messages of the Southend 2050 vision relating to planning issues, particularly around:
- joint working with partners, including across South Essex;
- a strong community, safety and inclusivity;
- opportunities for young people, education;
- meeting housing need and providing more jobs and attractive town centres;
- connections and getting around the Borough, green and innovative travel; and
- protecting and enhancing the environment and sea front.
However, you considered that further emphasis was required on:
- protecting and enhancing the environment, including combating climate change, improving urban greening and biodiversity, managing flood risk, cleaner air, sustainable construction and use of minerals;
- developing Southend together needs to be supported by officer and member behaviour;
- acknowledging that Southend isn’t one place and can be defined in multiple ways;
- greater emphasis on supporting infrastructure, particularly regarding access and improved community services including health;
- the importance of making it easy for residents and visitors to be able to get in and around the Borough using sustainable means of transport, but there are conflicting views on levels of parking provision and management;
- the need to incorporate other aims and objectives that balance aspiration with what is deliverable, especially in terms of infrastructure and delivering affordable housing;
- incorporating the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals within policy development.
Southend 2050 Vision Refresh
The Council has a shared vision of the future – the Southend 2050 ambition, 26 outcomes and delivery roadmap. This was developed through substantial engagement and co-design with stakeholders and communities. The ongoing engagement activity has brought people and communities together to identify where they want Southend to be in the future.
The Council reviewed and refreshed the 2050 vision, outcomes and roadmap in September 2020 to take into account the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the local economy.
It is important to recognise that there is frequent new information concerning Covid-19 and its impact that affect Government decisions and policy makers. Therefore, it is essential that the recovery plans in Southend are fluid enough to respond to changes and this will mean that the 2050 outcomes and roadmap will be closely monitored and updated to ensure the very best for the Borough.
For more information on Southend 2050 please see Figure 4, and you can visit the website at https://www.southend.gov.uk/southend2050
Figure 4: Southend 2050 Themes and Outcomes (where we want to be)
In developing a draft aim for where we want to be in 20 years’ time and a set of draft development principles and spatial objectives for the Southend New Local Plan we need to take into account all the above considerations.
A profile for Southend and some of the main opportunities and challenges facing the Borough are displayed following Question 1.1 below.