Maldon District Issues and Options Consultation


19.1 Enabling the creation of a prosperous economy is an important objective of plan making. The provision of high quality employment land works to attract business and enterprise to an area, which in turn creates and diversifies employment opportunities, increases the addition of value and ultimately strengthens the local economy.

19.2 A high quality retail offer is attractive to residents and visitors alike, but the nature of the high street has rapidly changed within a very short period of time, this has been accelerated with the Covid pandemic and the closure of some key national anchor retail outlets.

19.3 In a rural area the prosperity and success of the rural economy can help with job growth and retention when other sectors are struggling and Maldon district has a high number of self-employed residents as well as a high number of niche rural businesses. These types of employment also link into the continuing sustainability of smaller rural settlements providing some local employment, in some cases providing higher wages and the opportunity for younger people to stay and work in their communities.

19.4 The transition to a low carbon economy and society requires the Council to reduce emissions and plan for climate change adaption. This will include cutting emissions, maintaining secure energy supplies, maximising economic opportunities and protecting the most vulnerable.

Issues and Options Consultation Questionnaire