Voices from communities across Castle Point have been heard during the first phase of consultation on how the borough should develop in the coming decades.
With the opportunity to participate in numerous ways including online, by mail, or through workshops, there were more than 1,750 responses to help inform the creation of the new Castle Point Plan.
There was also a large response to both the Council’s Open Space Assessment and Housing Needs Assessment Household Survey, each of which received feedback from more than 500 people.
The information from the first phase of consultation will complement a series of detailed studies commissioned by the Council into various aspects of the Castle Point environment including, heritage, wildlife, open spaces and housing need.
Over the autumn and winter, all the data will be used to develop a series of options which residents will be invited to considers in Spring 2024 before an initial draft of the Castle Point Plan is developed.
Cllr Warren Gibson, Chair of the Castle Point Plan Board, said: “We pledged that engaging with and listening to residents would be at the heart of developing this plan and this has been a great start.
“Thank you to all those who took part in the consultation and gave us their views. Every piece of feedback we have received will now be analysed and used to inform the next stage in the process of developing the Castle Point Plan.
“This is just the first phase. There will be more opportunities for all residents in Castle Point to engage in the creation of this important document next year.”
When finished, the Castle Point plan will be one of the keystone documents on which the Council’s planning decisions will be based. It will act as a framework to meet the boroughs needs up to 2050 and will be kept under regular review to ensure it continues to meet the borough’s needs.
If you would like to give you views and be kept up to date as the plan develops please email CPPlan@castlepoint.gov.uk.