Our first stage of public engagement ran from 29th January to 29th February 2024.

This was an important opportunity for us to find out local people’s views on our initial ideas.

Before going out to the wider community, our team contacted the local MP, Ward Councillors, and other key stakeholders to explain the plans. We also posted over 740 leaflets to local homes and businesses which advertised upcoming events and included a dedicated telephone number for anyone without internet access.

During this period:

The team held in-depth and face-to-face discussions with 166 people at four community pop-up events.

A total of 1,784 people completed the online survey.

Over 1,830 pieces of written feedback were received from the combined in-person and online survey questions.

Over 430 email addresses were gathered from people who requested to be kept informed as the project progresses.


Top priorities that were identified through the in-person events and online survey were:

Transport Infrastructure – need for better transport networks within South Essex.

Housing – new homes must be affordable, warm, safe, and somewhere to be proud of.

Facilities – services that meet local need and create a happier and healthier community.

Flooding – water to be carefully managed to improve current situation and prevent further issues.

Traffic Congestion – solutions to enhance pedestrian safety, reduce travel times and improve air quality.

Green Spaces – enhance the Fenland, protect nature and integrate greenspace into daily life.

Identity – the proposed development should have its own place-name and identity, separate from the existing West Horndon village.

Heritage – the site’s extensive past and many historical references should be celebrated as part of its future.