Rochford District. Shaping the future, together.

Thursday, December 14, 2017


Rochford District Council’s local development plan is being reviewed to ensure that changes at both national and local level keep the document up-to-date, remaining fit-for-purpose.

The Council kick-started the review through a programme of engagement workshops and a survey last year and have used the thoughts, concerns and ideas expressed by residents to help inform the first stage of this review; the Issues and Options Document. 

The Issues and Options Document covers a wide range of topics pivotal to planning, including where new homes and jobs will be delivered, where children will go to school, and how our natural and historic environments will be protected. It highlights the challenges we face as a district, and how we could overcome these challenges. 

Although they are at the very early stages of the review, the Council strongly encourage residents and businesses to get involved and tell them what they think about the topics that matter the most to them. 


There are many ways to have your say including drop in sessions throughout the district:


  • Rochford Parish Rooms, West Street, Rochford: Tuesday 6th February 3pm - 9pm
  • Rayleigh WI Hall, Bellingham Lane, Rayleigh:Monday 19th February 3pm - 9pm


Rochford District Council’s Portfolio Holder for Planning, Cllr Ian Ward said : “It has taken sometime to deliver this review to residents, but we feel that it is thorough, and effectively takes account of residents’ views wherever possible.


“We continue to plan in a challenging climate of change and uncertainty with ongoing proposals to amend and update national planning policy, which dictates how we should be planning at the local level.


“We are also aware of what neighbouring authorities are doing to ensure that we deliver a local plan to provide certainty and prosperity for our residents and businesses”.


Consultation on the Issues and Options Document (and draft Sustainability Appraisal) will be taking place for a period of 12 weeks from 13 December 2017 to 5pm on 7 March 2018. This is to give residents and businesses ample time to review the information and send through their thoughts at this early stage. 


More information can be found online or on leaflets distributed to all residents. 


Even if residents or businesses have no specific comments to make at this time, let the Council know that you are interested and want to be kept up-to-date by signing up to our mailing list at or by texting ‘planning’ to 07860 035566. You will be informed of the latest planning news, and directly notified of future opportunities to share your views.