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Millions awarded to Southend in levelling-up bid

Millions awarded to Southend in levelling-up bid

Wednesday 10 November 2021

Southend has won £19.9 million from the government’s Levelling Up Fund. The award follows a successful bid by Southend-on-Sea Borough Council and the money will be targeted at Leigh Port, the Cliffs Pavilion and safety measures on the wider seafront and in the town centre. The port work will entail the building of quay-wall frontage, […] Read more >

Estuary 2021: a celebration of the ‘unfashionable end of the Thames’

Estuary 2021: a celebration of the ‘unfashionable end of the Thames’

Tuesday 18 May 2021

You can enjoy more than 90 artworks and events during the Estuary 2021 festival, which begins on Saturday (May 22). Held along the 107-mile trail of the Thames estuary, it celebrates the lives, landscapes and histories found there through visual art, literature, music and film. It can be enjoyed for free, outdoors and in a […] Read more >

Planning consultancy will consider ‘art of the possible’ at sites across Southend

Planning consultancy will consider ‘art of the possible’ at sites across Southend

Wednesday 16 September 2020

A planning consultancy is to assess the development potential of sites across Southend-on-Sea. Troy Planning + Design has been appointed by the borough council to “consider the art of the possible” at 10 sites, most of which are owned by the local authority. A consultancy statement said: “Our work is feeding into a strategic assessment […] Read more >

The Green Belt: its value is obvious but it needs protecting more than ever, says new report

The Green Belt: its value is obvious but it needs protecting more than ever, says new report

Wednesday 20 November 2019

Lying next to London, Essex is of course well served by the capital’s Green Belt. A report by a cross-party Parliamentary group shows that London’s Metropolitan Green Belt not only protects against urban sprawl but also provides vital countryside on our doorstep for health and well-being. Benefits include: • 26, 267 hectares of Sites of […] Read more >

What Thames estuary growth plans could mean for climate change… and accountability

What Thames estuary growth plans could mean for climate change… and accountability

Monday 10 June 2019

The government’s backing of proposals to target the Thames estuary for massive development flies in the face of wider calls to tackle climate change, according to one of CPRE’s leading lights in the area. In June last year the Thames Estuary 2050 Growth Commission published a report calling for the building of more than a […] Read more >

A million new homes, two development corporations… and a very special friend to make it all happen

A million new homes, two development corporations… and a very special friend to make it all happen

Monday 1 April 2019

Back in September, we wrote: “If you thought development pressure on Essex could not get any worse, there is some sobering reading from the Thames Estuary Growth Commission. “This advisory body to the government is urging ‘joint spatial plans’ to be created in both Essex and Kent to support the building of more than a […] Read more >

Southend project for 1,600 homes in town centre: this could be genuine regeneration

Southend project for 1,600 homes in town centre: this could be genuine regeneration

Monday 25 February 2019

And now for something completely different: a large housing development that doesn’t entail the loss of swathes of Essex countryside. The Queensway area of Southend is being targeted in a project that can be genuinely labelled ‘regeneration’ as it seeks to build some 1,600 homes, of which 500 will be affordable. Southend-on-Sea Borough Council is […] Read more >

South Essex in the firing line for colossal housing growth

South Essex in the firing line for colossal housing growth

Wednesday 5 September 2018

If you thought development pressure on Essex could not get any worse, there is some sobering reading from the Thames Estuary Growth Commission. This advisory body to the government is urging “joint spatial plans” to be created in both Essex and Kent to support the building of more than a million homes. The two counties […] Read more >

Castle Point agrees to step up the pace on Local Plan

Castle Point agrees to step up the pace on Local Plan

Wednesday 18 July 2018

Castle Point Borough Council is to speed up its Local Plan timetable in a bid to stop central government taking over the process. The local authority has also agreed to produce a joint spatial plan with five other local planning authorities in south Essex – Basildon, Brentwood, Rochford, Southend-on-Sea and Thurrock – and the county […] Read more >