A London developer is planning to build offices and homes on a builder’s merchant site near the Liverpool Street railway line.
Open Planning will be making an application to Southend Council who will decide whether to approve the plans for a mixed use build, according to The Echo.
The site in Prittlewell, Kenway would include 340 metres square of office space and parking.
“I think a mixed-use development would be appropriate for this site, as long as the size and scale of the development was in keeping with the nearby buildings”, said local Labour Councillor Ian Gilbert.
He continued: “I’d hope any housing that is built would be affordable. Although we should be looking to build affordable homes on this sort of brownfield site, we don’t want to completely lose local employment opportunities”.
Charlotte Galforg, the council’s area planning officer, advised the developers to create a building that would lead to an increase in local jobs and provide 20 per cent low-cost housing.
The decision on the Essex site should be made by the council by July 6th.