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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

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South Essex Plan

The six Local Authorities in South Essex (Basildon, Brentwood, Castle Point, Rochford, Southend and Thurrock) together with Essex County Council are currently working together to produce the South Essex Plan. This will set out a strategic framework for development in the area for the period up to 2038 and will reflect a broader vision to 2050. The South Essex Plan will provide an overall policy context for Local Plans.

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. Please use the form below to register your interest in the South Essex Plan.

Furthermore, a copy of the Statement of Community Involvement is below. If you wish to comment on that statement, plus do so by emailing us at Please type South Essex Plan SCI in the Subject line of your email.

Alternative, you can register at