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, due to the fragility of much of the housing.
Commissioned by Tendring District Council, and working closely with a wide range of bodies including the Environment Agency, Essex County Council, Homes England and DLUHC, we have been working on plan to improve flood resilience, housing quality and the wider built environment in Jaywick Sands since late 2018. Through many rounds of research, ideation and consulation with the community and other partners, we have developed a comrephensive strategy that retains what is special about Jaywick, proposes new infrastructure that will both improve flood defences and improve the accessibility of the beach and oportunities for tourism, and addresses the improvement of poor quality homes through working with property owners as well as through redevelopment of abandoned plots by the Council itself. The draft Place Plan is currently in community consultation.