Before planning officers submit the Southend Central Area Action Plan (SCAAP) to the Secretary of State for consideration, the public is being asked to give their feedback on the final draft of the plan.
The final draft has been developed after extensive engagement with the public, including public workshops, face-to-face meetings and online consultation. If approved, it can then be adopted by the Council as official planning policy.
The plan covers the Town Centre, Central Seafront Area and neighbourhoods of Victoria and Sutton in Southend. It sets out planning policies for positively managing development and assessing planning applications in Southend Central Area, including for retail, transport and the natural environment. It also contains proposals for specific sites within the focus area.
Earlier this year, the Council consulted extensively over its proposals, resulting in 900 comments from local residents and businesses. This feedback has been considered and reflected in the current draft of the plans.
You can view the document and how it has been shaped through public consultation here: www.southend.gov.uk/scaap
Cllr Mark Flewitt, Executive Councillor for Housing, Planning & Public Protection Services, said: “The Southend Central Area Action Plan has been produced by listening to our local community and it outlines how we believe the town centre and central seafront should be developed over the coming years.
“A great deal of hard work has gone into getting it to this stage and we now want to give local residents, businesses and community groups this opportunity to give their feedback before it goes to the Government Inspector.
“All feedback will be reviewed by the Inspector before they make their decision.”
Local residents, businesses and community groups have until 5pm on 16 December 2016 to review the plan and make formal representations relating to the soundness and legal compliance of the Plan. You can view the SCAAP and have your say in the following ways:
Online: visit www.southend.gov.uk/scaap to view the document and comment online. Alternatively, you can download the response form and return it to us via email or post.
At the library: Hard copies of the SCAAP and response forms can be found at local libraries and the Civic Centre
Post: FAO Debee Skinner
Department for Place
Southend-on-Sea Borough Council
PO Box 5557
Southend-on-Sea SS2 6ZF
Should you have any questions about how to compete the consultation, you can call 01702 215408.
For assistance in making a representation or for help in completing the consultation feedback, please call 01702 215408 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
To view all associated documentation and have your say, please visit www.southend.gov.uk/scaap