The regeneration of the Queensway Estate in Southend will be carried out by Porters Place, Southend-On-Sea, LLP, which is the partnership between Southend-on-Sea Borough Council and Swan Housing Association (Swan). Working together in partnership through what is known as a joint venture. By working with Swan, the council is confident they have a partner with an excellent track record of carrying out this work and also that they will retain equal control over the project.
We have now developed the masterplan for the scheme, which will deliver a mix of high-quality homes including one, two and three bedrooms. The outline planning application is due to be presented to the council’s development control committee on Tuesday 30th March 2021.
A full statutory consultation was carried out over 2019-20 and residents and local stakeholders have had the opportunity to be fully engaged in this process in a formal way.
The ‘hybrid’ planning application, which is the overarching plan for the entire estate, has been approved. Plans are now being developed for the first phase of the project which, subject to securing planning permission, will see the removal of Quantock and development on the Essex Street car park.
A full range of consultation activity is being carried out and details will be shared with all residents. (Add link to consultation page).
This is a long-term regeneration project and one which will need to be phased to ensure impact on residents is managed. Further information on the likely timeframe for overall regeneration and when residents will have to move will be provided in due course.
Due to Covid restrictions, face-to-face contact is not currently allowed however you can contact us via email, letters, telephone or virtual meetings to answer any questions you may have.
Subject to securing planning permission, the first phase of the regeneration will involve Quantock. This will be the first tower block to be demolished and Quantock residents will be the first to be decanted.
As part of the plans for the Better Queensway regeneration project we will remove what in some places is a seven lane road and underpass and replace it with a street level road and roundabout with safe pedestrian crossings placed along it. We will keep four lanes of traffic on the Queensway whilst turning it into a greener, more welcoming and traditional avenue for residents and visitors alike, whilst complementing the town centre.
There are several reasons the underpass is being removed and its removal has always been included within the plans for the Queensway regeneration project, including:
There have been several traffic studies carried out over the last 3 years. Using pre-pandemic traffic data, during peak rush hour of 5pm to 6pm the underpass is only used by 12.5% of vehicles in each direction.
While there may be some minor traffic delays for health and safety reasons while building work is taking place, once the project is complete, we are confident the new road layout will not create additional traffic jams or issues.
When visitors flock to Southend seafront on hot and sunny days, the sheer number of visitors and the weight of traffic will always create traffic build-up and congestion at peak times across the whole of Southend and this is always likely to happen whatever the road layout.
The final mix of tenures across the scheme will be agreed as the plans are developed. However, the example scheme provided by Swan provided for over 500 affordable homes spread across the different tenures within the affordable housing definition. These affordable homes are demonstrated to be locally affordable.
At the current time we have a mix of occupants living in the accommodation, including some with secure tenancies, in temporary accommodation and some resident and non-resident leaseholder. Those on a secure tenancy will be able to return on equivalent terms and conditions.
All residents with a secure tenancy or leaseholders living on the estate have a full right to return. Swan Housing are experienced in building out phased regenerations like this one and to working with communities to make sure that residents who wish to stay can and that existing relationships between neighbours, family and family are taken into account as far as possible.
In 2019 Swan celebrated its 25th anniversary and provides high-quality and affordable homes, including social housing to rent and buy. They operate in Essex and East London and locally manage over 11,000 homes, with a secured development pipeline of over 8,000 homes which they will build using their in-house developer ‘NU living’ using both traditional and offsite construction. Swan’s mission is to help people feel at home and this underpins everything they do. Swan has dedicated housing teams with specialists providing a range of housing management, estate services, allocations and lettings and community development services. They have retained their Customer Service Excellence Accreditation for the 10th year in a row this year and strive to provide excellent customer service.
Swan also recognise that there is a shortage of affordable homes. They are one of the UK's leading regeneration housing associations and boast a host of award-winning schemes which they are delivering in partnership including the £500m regeneration of Blackwall Reach in Poplar with London Borough of Tower Hamlets and the GLA, and Beechwood Village in Basildon in partnership with Basildon Borough Council and Homes England. They were recently awarded Homebuilder of the Year at the national UKHA awards. They pride themselves on being “the local partner” and are experienced in working in a range of joint venture arrangements to deliver new, high quality housing across all tenures.
Swan was one of the first housing associations to create their own in-house developer – NU living - and are experienced in delivering complex regeneration projects, including associated infrastructure. For example, at their award-winning regeneration at Bow Cross in Tower Hamlets they transformed a hostile, isolated urban landscape into a welcoming, safe and overlooked space by redesigning and realigning the access road to disguise the fact that the estate is some six meters below the surrounding neighbourhood – at the same time, successfully building over the adjacent DLR railway line. At their £1billion regeneration of Purfleet, Swan built a new road bridge over the railway to replace the existing level crossing and to improve connections between the river and the new town centre, as well as a media village, university campus and integrated medical centre. As such, they are well positioned to deal with the complex highways infrastructure needed to deliver a Better Queensway.
Read more here: https://www.swan.org.uk/