Decision details

Southend New Local Plan

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: Yes


The Cabinet considered a report of the Deputy Chief Executive and Executive Director (Growth & Housing) presenting a revised and updated Local Development Scheme (LDS), which set out the future programme for the preparation of the Southend New Local Plan.




1. That, in order to take forward the Southend New Local Plan in a timely, coordinated and efficient manner the updated and revised Local Development Scheme (set out at Appendix 1 to the submitted report), be approved.


2. That authority be delegated to the Deputy Chief Executive and Executive Director Growth and Housing, in consultation with the Cabinet Member for Environment and Planning, to agree any future updates to the Local Development Scheme (Appendix 1 to the report) as required.


Reasons for decision:


To ensure the expeditious production of a New Local Plan for Southend and associated evidence base to manage and guide future growth and development in the Borough and its hinterland in a positive and timely manner, where the Council has control of decision making in the public interest as representatives of the local community.


Other options:


1. The failure to prepare a new local plan for Southend would result in its current plans becoming increasingly out of date and the Council becoming increasingly unable to positively influence the scale, nature and location of development within the Borough.


2. An out-of-date local plan also brings the potential risk of “planning by appeal” with the responsibility for decision making increasingly being passed from the Council and the local community to the Planning Inspectorate and the Secretary of State, as the Council’s existing local plan becomes further out of date.


Note: This is a Council Function

Eligible for call-in to: Place Scrutiny Committee

Cabinet Member: Cllr Mulroney

Report author: Mark Sheppard

Publication date: 26/02/2021

Date of decision: 23/02/2021

Decided at meeting: 23/02/2021 - Cabinet

Effective from: 06/03/2021

This decision has been called in by:

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