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Joint Strategic Planning

South Essex 2050: Taking forward our place ambition

In Summer 2017 the Leaders and Chief Executives of South Essex – Basildon, Brentwood, Castle Point, Rochford, Southend-on-Sea, Thurrock and Essex County Council – embarked on a process to develop a long-term growth ambition that would underpin strategic spatial, infrastructure and economic priorities across the sub-region. The ‘South Essex 2050 Ambition’ is now being taken forward through a number of workstreams to develop:

  • The spatial strategy, through a Joint Strategic Plan;
  • A Local Industrial Strategy;
  • A strategic Infrastructure Framework, and
  • A Place Narrative

The context for the SE2050 Ambition is to ensure that the local authorities remain in control of South Essex as a place, putting them in a strong position to shape and influence wider plans and strategies, for example, the Thames Estuary 2050 Commission and the London Plan, and Government and other investment priorities.

The local authorities recognise that the long term healthy and sustainable growth in South Essex can only be delivered through a strategic solution and that this will require some politically and technically challenging decisions as the Ambition is implemented.  In January 2018, therefore, the local authorities formed the Association of South Essex Local Authorities (ASELA) to ensure that implementation of the Ambition has strong leadership and is managed on a truly collaborative basis.


The South Essex Joint Strategic Plan

The spatial strategy to implement the SE2050 Ambition is being implemented through a new planning ‘portfolio’ with a Joint Strategic Plan (JSP) currently being prepared to provide the overarching framework.  Local plans and other place-shaping tools will be used to deliver this on the ground, using the range of planning tools available in a more flexible and responsive way.

Work on the JSP is underway with a Project Delivery Board in place, reporting through a Member structure to ASELA, and a timetable and scope agreed.  A Statement of Common Ground was published in June and is has been formally agreed by all partners, alongside an update to each authority’s Local development Scheme.

JSP Statement of Common Ground and MOU June 2018.pdf [pdf] 913KB

The current timetable is ambitious, with the full process through to adoption expected to take 2-3 years at the most.  The local policies and place-shaping plans will be developed alongside the JSP but will have to fully reflect its overarching strategy.  Timing of the planning portfolio will therefore be carefully managed through the Statement of Common Ground and under the steerage of ASELA.

Further information is available here -

Getting involved

As part of the preparation of the South Essex Plan, a Statement of Community Involvement (SCI) has been produced. This will be an Addendum to the existing SCI of each Council and sets out a framework for how we will undertake consultation on the South Essex Plan.

This is your opportunity to input into how you would like to be consulted as the South Essex Plan is prepared. In line with our Castle Point Council's SCI, we intend to involve as many people as possible in this Plan ensuring that you have the right information you need, and you know where to access that information, so you can make informed comments on the Plan.

As the Plan making process is set out in Government regulations, we are required to consult at all stages, so if you register with us to be kept informed we will contact you on a number of occasions. It is our intention to ensure that we use the widest choice of tools to keep you informed and engaged. This includes social media. Therefore, if you wish to be kept informed, please let us know the best way to do so.

The details of anyone who makes a representation on the this SCI Addendum or registers to be consulted on the South Essex Plan will be held on a database maintained and shared between the six South Essex Authorities (Basildon, Brentwood, Castle Point, Rochford, Southend-on-Sea and Thurrock and Essex County Council). This database will be used for the sole purposes of matters relating to the production of the South Essex Plan. This database, in whole or in part, may need to be shared with any consultants who the authorities need to work with in order to manage future consultations. Data protection regulations will be enforced with any consultant that this may apply to.

The names of any member of the public making a representation to any South Essex Plan related consultation will be published alongside their representation as representations are required to be made a matter of public record. All other personal details will be redacted. To register, please follow this link