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

Is the future bright for Queensway?

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 teaming up with Swan Housing Association for the project, Better Queensway, which it is hoped will transform that area of the town.
It is intended that a masterplan, incorporating a community fund and energy and sustainability improvements, will be produced by 2020.
Deputy council leader James Courtenay said: “Better Queensway is the biggest regeneration project we’re undertaking in a generation and we will seek to transform this vital area right in the centre of our town, delivering better housing, better living and a better place for both the current residents and those that will make central Southend their home in the future.
“This regeneration will help make this area a key entrance into our town centre and connect what will be a thriving new community with it and also help us to deliver a key part of our resident-led ambition for 2050.
“We’re delighted to reach this key milestone and recommend Swan Housing, an excellent organisation with great values, commitment to the community and vast knowledge and experience of the local area, as our preferred bidder. This is really just the beginning and there is much more work to be done.”