Southend residents, businesses and community groups have a final chance to influence a key planning document that will guide development of central Southend and the central seafront over the next five years.
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-on-Sea. 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
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.