SOUTHEND Council have refused permission for flats to be built in the centre of Leigh.
Plans to transform first floor offices above 19-23 Rectory Grove have been rejected on appeal.
Developer Hair 7 sone registered plans to convert the offices into three self-contained flats on the third story, and to construct a penthouse
A rooftop terrace outside would have been provided an outdoor space for tenants to share.
The plans were rejected by Southend Council September last year, but the decision went to appeal.
The appeal was unsuccessful, as the planning inspectors ruled that the development would “have an adverse effect on the character appearance of the surrounding area.”
Planning offices described the proposed red brickwork at the front of the shops and offices as “attractive, detailed, and enhancing the character and appearance of the street,” but suggested that the off-centre rooftop extension would “detract from the rhythm” of the building three bay design.
For these reasons, the development plans were not considered contemporary or innovative and the rooftop was considered to comprise of a “uninspiring solid box that would not positively enhance the character of the original building or surrounding area.”
They concluded: “the adverse impact of the proposal would significantly and demonstrably outweigh the moderate benefits.”
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