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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

In line with social distancing advice and to protect residents and staff the Council has taken the decision to close the Council offices to the public until further notice.

Whilst the offices are closed to visitors, you are still able to access services and information from this website 24/7.

Information and advice on coronavirus (COVID-19) and how to access Council Services during this period can be found on our Coronavirus information page

We ask that all residents #StayHomeSaveLives – see a Message from the Leader of the Council


Message from Mayor of Castle Point Councillor Colin Riley

From July 4th new changes on lockdown come into place. Pubs, bars and restaurants are able to open subject to government guidelines.

We want our residents to enjoy themselves but it is important we all act responsibly.  

  • Stay alert and stay safe to help prevent spreading the virus.
  • Keep a safe distance from others  and continue to wash your hands regularly.

If you do go to the  pub, have fun but be sensible;show respect for others and do not do anything that puts you or other people at risk.

Flood Risk Assessments

With the exception of domestic extensions, all planning applications for proposals located in Flood Risk Zone 3, as identified by the Environment Agency must be accompanied by a Flood Risk Assessment.

In practice this means that all developments on Canvey, with the exception of domestic extensions must have a Flood Risk Assessment. This also applies to some parts of South Benfleet.

To see whether your property is in Flood Risk Zone 3 visit the Environment Agency's website.

The requirements of a Flood Risk Assessment are set out in the National Planning Policy Framework and the associate Planning Practice Guidance.

National and Policy Framework and Planning Practice Guidance

Detailed modelling of areas at risk of flooding, along with locally specific guidance on flood risk issues can be found in the South Essex Strategic Flood Risk Assessment.

To help developers overcome difficulties with Flood Risk Assessments, the following guidance note have been prepared for developments of less than 10 dwellings on Canvey Island.

Flood Risk Assessment Guidance for Small Scale Developments [pdf] 141KB

In all other cases, developers are encouraged to contact the Environment Agency with details of their plans and a draft Flood Risk Assessment in advance of submitting a planning application. The Environment Agency can be contacted at the following address:

Environment Agency, Anglian Region - Eastern Area, Cobham Road, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP3 9JE

Tel: 08708 506 506