Our website uses cookies that do not collect personal data. Find out more.

Accept and Close

Jaywick Sands Place Plan

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.

This project has led to our involvement in other initiatives locally, supporting a range of local groups. We contributed to an exhibition at the Jaywick Martello Tower about flooding and coastal climate change - Tides of Tendring. We have supported Inclusion Ventures and the Jaywick Sands Community Land Trust to gain planning consent for new premises locally.