On behalf of Turnstone Estates, Carter Jonas has secured planning consent for a £50M redevelopment leisure scheme in Southend following an appeal decision by the Secretary of State.
The 2.3-hectare site will accommodate 155,000sq ft of mixed-use accommodation and create up to 550 new jobs, generating £15M for the local area every year. It includes a multiplex at first floor, six restaurant units, indoor leisure units, an 80-bed hotel and public square and 555 car parking spaces.
Empire Cinemas will anchor the scheme with a 1,370 seat 11 screen cinema including IMAX. Hollywood Bowl will occupy a large leisure unit on the lower ground floor and will incorporate 20 bowling lanes, a Hollywood Diner, bar and amusement centre. Travelodge has also been secured for the 80-bed hotel.
Tim Deacon, Director of Turnstone Estates, comments, “Despite the economic impact of COVID-19, we are as committed as ever to delivering the Seaway Leisure scheme, which still meets the needs of Southend in a post-COVID world, so that local residents can have a first-class leisure attraction they can enjoy all year round.”
Matt Hare, Associate Partner at Carter Jonas in Cambridge adds, “Despite its town centre location there were elements of the development proposals that were contentious locally, however the potential impacts of the proposals were considered and addressed in meticulous detail and I am pleased that the Planning Inspectorate saw the significant benefit that the development will bring in overall terms.”