The Southend Society

southendSocietyI have a deep and abiding interest in preserving the best of Southend-on-Sea’s rich architectural heritage. This does not make all new development wrong, much of which is commendable (although, much is ugly and insubstantial), but it is an acknowledgement that once gone, historical treasures cannot be resuscitated, summoned from the dead; no phoenix is possible post wrecking-ball.

I have just joined the Southend Society, and hope that I can assist in keeping alive those special bits of Southend-on-Sea’s past, much of which falls within the Milton ward that I represent.

This week’s interesting Milton ward planning applications

APPLN. NO: 15/01493/FUL

Officer: Janine Rowley Date Valid. 12 November 2015

ERECT TWO DWELLINGHOUSES WITH BALCOIES TO FRONT AT SECOND FLOOR ONLAND AT REAR OF CLIFTON COURT

CLIFTON COURT ROYAL TERRACE SOUTHEND-ON-SEA

APPLN. NO: 15/01817/FUL

Officer: Louise Cook Date Valid. 17 November 2015

DEMOLISH EXISTING WORKSHOP AND ERECT SINGLE STOREY DWELLING WITH PARKING AND AMENITY SPACE

REAR OF 41 PARK STREET WESTCLIFF-ON-SEA

APPLN. NO: 15/01842/FULM

Officer: Charlotte Galforg Date Valid. 16 November 2015

DEMOLISH EXISTING BUILDING, AND ERECT 5 STOREY BUILDING COMPRISING 23 SELF-CONTAINED FLATS WITH GROUND FLOOR RESTAURANT AND BASEMENT PARKING, LAYOUT AMENITY AREA, REFUSE AND CYCLE STORAGE AND LANDSCAPING, FORM NEW VEHICULAR ACCESS ONTO WESTERN ESPLANADE (AMENDED PROPOSAL)

THE ESPLANADE WESTERN ESPLANADE SOUTHEND ON SEA

A planning application in Milton ward: ERECT DWELLING ON LAND ADJACENT 1 CLIFTON MEWS

APPLN. NO: 15/01579/FUL

Officer: Louise Cook
Date Valid. 2 November 2015

ERECT DWELLING ON LAND ADJACENT 1 CLIFTON MEWS
1 CLIFTON MEWS SOUTHEND-ON-SEA ESSEX

On the Seaway Car Park proposals, again

cineWorldPullsOutI was telephoned by the local press earlier this week in regards to the latest development at Seaway Car Park. I have spoken and written about this a number of times, but I think it is worth re-stating my views on the proposals.

I guess it all begins when one looks at deprivation, and how it clustered largely in the town centre. My post (Quietly raging), written just after my election, is still relevant, and explains why I cannot ignore what is going on at Seaway.

I will use bullet points to summarise what is the issue:

• The town centre wards have significant areas of deprivation.
• The town centre wards also see life expectancy rates more than ten years lower than other wards in the borough.
• Population density and overcrowding are a significant factor in deprivation.
• Whilst I do not suggest stopping all development, I am extremely concerned about further overcrowding an already crowded area.
• Milton also has significant traffic and parking issues.
• The town centre wards also do not have much open space – whilst only a car park, it is open.
• The road infrastructure already struggles to cope with existing traffic volumes – the commercial ventures here will attract more cars.
• There is a loss of parking, although I accept that some of this will be made up by other car parks. However, none are as close to the seafront as this is.
• The nearby residents will suffer a loss of view.
• Is there a need for a second cinema? Whilst I accept this is a commercial decision, I suspect that this will exacerbate the current south/north divide in the High Street – which sees (in my opinion) the southern, seafront, end doing much better than the northern, top, end.

Four planning applications for Milton ward

In amongst the latest applications are these four that will interest sime:-

APPLN. NO: 15/00908/CLE
Ward. Milton
Officer: Neil Auger Date Valid. 7 July 2015
USE PROPERTY AS HOUSE IN MULTIPLE OCCUPATION (LAWFUL DEVELOPMENTcCERTIFICATE – EXISTING)
44 HEYGATE AVENUE SOUTHEND-ON-SEA ESSEX

APPLN. NO: 15/00959/FUL
Ward. Milton
Officer: Janine Rowley Date Valid. 7 July 2015
CHANGE OF USE FROM NON RESIDENTIAL INSTITUTION (CLASS D1) TO RESIDENTIAL (CLASS C3)
CECIL JONES HOUSE 50 AVENUE ROAD WESTCLIFF-ON-SEA

APPLN. NO: 15/00960/FUL
Ward. Milton
Officer: Janine Rowley Date Valid. 7 July 2015
CHANGE OF USE FROM NON RESIDENTIAL INSTITUTION (CLASS D1) TO RESIDENTIAL (CLASS C3)
WARDENS FLAT CECIL JONES HOUSE 50 AVENUE ROAD

APPLN. NO: 15/01029/FUL
Ward. Milton
Officer: Janine Rowley Date Valid. 8 July 2015
CHANGE OF USE TO FIRST AND SECOND FLOORS FROM OFFICES AND STORAGE SPACE ANCILLARY TO GROUND FLOOR RETAIL USE (CLASS A1) INTO A FIVE BEDROOM HOUSE IN MULTIPLE OCCUPATION (CLASS SUI GENERIS)ORANGE MOBILE
99 HIGH STREET SOUTHEND-ON-SEA

On our architectural inheritance in Southend-on-Sea

We are blessed in many ways, those of us who reside in Southend-on-Sea. Despite the occasional ravages of bad taste development we still have a fine stock of Victorian and Edwardian architecture. The ward I am privileged to represent is especially enriched by its architectural heritage, and having five conservation areas in the ward is a testament to this.

I think we are beholden to ensure that the inheritance that we enjoy today is passed on to future generations. Whilst I do not for a moment think, or suggest, that no modernisation should be allowed, I do think we have to carefully consider if what we change will be the source of regret in the years to come.

Not everything old is good, and sometimes it is awful. But I believe that the town is enhanced by what has survived the ravages of time and the depredations of those for whom profit supplants all. I would guess that Royal Terrace is the most photographed street in Southend, a testament to old architecture and conservation ideals.

The town is a draw to tourists, and the old buildings play a role in this. From the iconic pier, to Royal Terrace, the Priory and Southchurch Hall, Porters too, and just as important are the legions of fine streets that show the town in all its glory. These not only enhance the lives of those who live here, they help the town’s economy too.

This week we have witnessed another Development Control Committee pass its judgement over a lengthy list of planning applications. In some ways this is a testament to a forward thinking town, that so much is being planned. I just hope that whilst pleasing everyone is nigh impossible, we will move forward in a way that is sympathetic to the character of a Victorian seaside resort.

The Leas conservation area

Current

Current

The following maps are from the leas conservation area appraisal by Southend-on-Sea Borough Council.

This area covers parts of both Milton and Chalkwell wards.

Proposed

Proposed

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