Southend Central Area Action Plan (SCAAP) Preferred Approach 2015

Representation ID: 2263

Received: 15/02/2016

Respondent: Southend BID

Representation Summary:

In relation to the Fossetts Farm development. Proposals to have a large quantum of A1 retail provision would have a major impact on the Town Centre which is highly likely to lead to a further decline of an already struggling retail offer within the High Street and surrounding environs. Furthermore, the highway connection and infrastructure would not support the level of traffic journeys that the proposals at Roots Hall are likely to generate.
The BID would ask that the Council ensure that in accordance with advice in the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) a sequential test is undertaken and would like to be informed of the conclusions in relation to the impact on the vitality and viability of the Town Centre. The BID are rightly concerned that the Fossetts Farm proposals will have negative impact on the future of the High Street and the existing retail economy of the SCAAP area.