We are working in one of the most challenged communities in the UK, Jaywick Sands on the Essex coast, to develop a new Place Plan for its regeneration. Jaywick Sands is the only one of the plotlands communities that retains its original small plot, low-rise high density form - an important part of social history but now a community with the highest level of deprivation in the UK. It faces a severe threat from sea level rise due to climate change, and this will affect the most deprived residents the most.
Commissioned by Tendring District Council, and working closely with a wide range of bodies including the Environment Agency, Essex County Council, Homes England and the DLUHC, we have been working on this since late 2018, with a pause during the pandemic. The team are currently undertaking a broad community consultation to learn as much as possible about how Jaywick's residents see the future of their community.
Alongside the Place Plan we have developed a new Design Guide SPD, which is also currently in formal consultation. We have worked closely with the Environment Agency to develop a design approach that encourages the replacement of poor quality, non-resilient homes with safer dwellings, while working within the constraints of the extremely tight plot pattern.