TWO new blocks of flats are set to replace buildings in a key street scene of Westcliff.
If approved, a five-storey block of 14 flats and a four-storey block of 11 flats would be built in what has reportedly been termed a “tired” part of London Road.
As part of the plan, the former Chinese takeaway Bamboo Garden, LBH Insurance and Carrot Home Improvements would be demolished to make way for the new development.
Developer Dove Jeffery Homes has insisted that, if approved, the new buildings will help “tidy up” the area.
The project launched a proposal with residents to gauge their opinion on the idea in October, the result of which were “exceptionally good,” according to Raymond Dove, co-owner of Dove Jeffrey Homes.
He added: “They thought it was very good in terms of tidying up London Road, and they also backed the idea of more housing in Southend.”
The flats will be a mix of one, two or three-bedroom homes, aimed at commuters. 34 parking spaces are part of the plans, and the smaller block will go into the car park of the adjacent Chalkwell Lawns building, which is owned by the developer.
It is reported that 25 per cent of the homes will be classified as affordable.
James Courtenay, Chalkwell ward Conservative councillor, said: “I encourage additional housing and understand they’ll be flats, but affordable homes with parking is good.
“However, what I don’t want to see is overdevelopment of too many flats in the area.
“I agree with the developer that London Road is a little bit tired, and I can only hope if this development does get green-lit, it’ll hopefully brighten and liven it up more.”
Southend Council is currently considering the proposal.
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