Southend-on-Sea Borough Council wished to scope and plan its next phase of housing supply by identifying a pipeline of development opportunity sites for regeneration, employment and housing development that would support the Council’s housing targets and would closely correlate with the objectives of Southend 2050 and the Housing, Homelessness and Rough Sleeping Strategy.
The Council appointed us to work in partnership with them to develop a robust approach to appraising development opportunity sites that would assess the development potential, ensure alignment with strategic objectives and develop an implementation plan to identify the most appropriate delivery vehicle, the finance/investment plan and the delivery resources required.
We were brought in to support the Council in reviewing opportunity sites throughout the borough that could form a development pipeline over the short, medium and longer term. The Council wanted to scope and plan the next phase of housing supply and regeneration, looking to maximise the opportunities to deliver new homes. They sought a robust approach to analysing individual sites that would capture the ambition for key sites, whilst also considering how they might fit into a comprehensive development pipeline, what delivery solution should be used for them, and how financial returns could potentially be recycled to improve viability and the programme as a whole.
As part of this role we have:
Our work has supported the Council in scoping and planning the next phase(s) of housing supply. Our site appraisal tool has enabled the Council to identify a pipeline of development opportunity sites and develop an implementation plan that considers the most appropriate delivery vehicle, the finance/investment plan and the delivery resources required. This is a live tool that can be used by the Council for all future site appraisals.
The pipeline of development opportunity sites can now be progressed to the next stage and be taken through feasibility and design work to assess viability.