The Better Queensway Estate is made up of the Quantock, Chiltern, Malvern and Pennine tower blocks as well as flats at the front of Sutton Road (5-29a)
If we have a duty to provide you with temporary accommodation, we will continue to do so, however, as with all households we assist under our homelessness duties, you may be required to move to different temporary accommodation whilst suitable settled accommodation can be found.
No, the decision on your homelessness case will remain the same regardless of this project.
This will be a gradual process as each tower block is due to be vacated.
While we think this situation is unlikely, if you are still living in temporary accommodation on the Queensway Estate when we start to move people out of the tower your temporary accommodation is in, then we will move you to alternative temporary accommodation.
If we have accepted a full homelessness duty to you, you will receive one suitable offer of accommodation from Southend-on-Sea Borough Council, in the private or social housing sector, but this could be anywhere within the borough. You can help your application by continuing to search for a suitable home and by staying in contact with your Housing Solutions Officer, who can also advise you how to access an interest free loan for the first month’s rent and deposit on a privately rented property.
Your Housing Solutions Officer should always be your first point of contact as they are familiar with your individual case and can provide information relevant to your particular situation.
Yes you can. A explained above, it will not affect any of the ongoing housing processes if you decide to search for a suitable home yourself. Just please stay in touch with your housing solutions officer, so they can provide advice and support.
Southend-on-Sea Borough Council (Southend) and Swan Housing Association (Swan) have agreed to work in partnership to regenerate the Queensway Estate. 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.
Over the coming months we will finalise the size and type of homes that will be built so plans can be developed and presented to the Council’s planning committee next year.
A full statutory consultation will be carried out over the coming months and residents and local stakeholders will have the opportunity to be fully engaged in this process in formal way. A timetable for this consultation activity will be published in October.
Swan and Southend will be carrying out further consultation with residents, business and other key stakeholders, to help them develop their planning application. Planned activities will include meetings with residents and stakeholders to express their views on the proposed plans, opportunities for the plans to be reviewed and for comments to be made online. There will be opportunities for everyone to make representations through the planning process. A timeline of these opportunities will be sent to residents and published locally, so that all stakeholders will have the opportunity to find out more.
It is currently estimated that the masterplan will be submitted for planning approval in Mid 2020.
‘Social Life’ have already carried out a survey to identify the strengths and weaknesses, needs, aspirations and opportunities presented by the Queensway estate. This survey will highlight the key issues and challenges needed for the implementation of the “Better Queensway for everyone” community investment. It will also establish where Queensway was before the improvements began and the impact of the community investment programme and establish how the impact of the wider estate regeneration can be measured.
A full range of consultation activity will be carried out and details will be shared with all residents.
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 later this year.
Residents met the Swan team at the launch event on Thursday 26 September along with the key people from Southend, South Essex Homes. Further opportunities to meet the Swan team will be provided during the design consultation activities and full details will be provided to residents.
This has not yet been finalised and we will report back to residents when the decision has been made.
Our minimum criteria set through the procurement process was for retention of four lanes and this is included in current plans. A full masterplan for the site will be developed before being submitted for planning approval. This will involve further consultation with residents, businesses and other key stakeholders, prior to submission. This consultation and the plans will be sent to residents and published locally, so that stakeholders will have the opportunity to find out more.
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 etc are taken into account as far as possible.
In 2019 Swan celebrates 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/