First chance to see plans for homes and hospice on former Ekco site in Southend

Southend Standard: The Prittlebrook Industrial Estate site in Priory Crescent The Prittlebrook Industrial Estate site in Priory Crescent

PEOPLE can get a first look at plans for hundreds of homes, a hospice and an office block on a key site at the heart of Southend next week.

Charity Havens Hospices and housebuilder Bellway Homes will display early plans for up to 250 new homes, a new 16-bed hospice and a four-storey office block on the former Ekco factory site in Priory Crescent at Prittlewell Priory Visitor Centre, in Priory Park, next Wednesday.

Southend Council promised public engagement before a joint application was submitted, after Conservative St Laurence councillor Mark Flewitt criticised his Tory cabinet colleagues for signing off a development brief for the 26-acre site without consulting nearby residents.

The new estate would open onto Thornford Gardens and some residents have expressed concern over congestion and parking, although a survey by Lib Dem St Laurence councillor Ted Lewin suggested most backed the scheme.

A Havens Hospices spokeswoman said: “The emerging proposals include new homes, a new adult hospice set in landscaped gardens and employment space. The Ekco Social and Sports Club and sports fields will remain.

“There will be the opportunity for residents to find out more about the plans and share their views. Representatives from Bellway Homes and Havens Hospices and will be on hand to answer questions and give further information.”

The consultation will run from 4pm to 8pm.

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2:22pm Thu 27 Mar 14

Sensible Man says...

My God!!! One of our local councils is actually using a proper brownfield site instead of ripping up what is left of the green belt. Pass the smelling salts!!

Will the homes be "affordable" or will they be £400,000 specimens a la the Christmas Tree Farm destruction in Hawkwell?
My God!!! One of our local councils is actually using a proper brownfield site instead of ripping up what is left of the green belt. Pass the smelling salts!! Will the homes be "affordable" or will they be £400,000 specimens a la the Christmas Tree Farm destruction in Hawkwell? Sensible Man
  • Score: 9

3:56pm Thu 27 Mar 14

austiali says...

And, assuming there will be family homes, are local schools/doctors going to be able to cope?
And, assuming there will be family homes, are local schools/doctors going to be able to cope? austiali
  • Score: 0

4:55pm Thu 27 Mar 14

the citizen says...

Sensible Man wrote:
My God!!! One of our local councils is actually using a proper brownfield site instead of ripping up what is left of the green belt. Pass the smelling salts!!

Will the homes be "affordable" or will they be £400,000 specimens a la the Christmas Tree Farm destruction in Hawkwell?
You'll need the smelling salts....especially when the wind is blowing westwards. The close proximity of the Sewage works amazes me that a pub and domestic housing and a Hospice is being approved for an industrial site. Always knew that area as "Pooh Corner"...and rightly so. I don't think anyone would spend £400,000 on a house that close to a sewage treatment works. So I would go with affordable housing. (whatever that actually means these days)
[quote][p][bold]Sensible Man[/bold] wrote: My God!!! One of our local councils is actually using a proper brownfield site instead of ripping up what is left of the green belt. Pass the smelling salts!! Will the homes be "affordable" or will they be £400,000 specimens a la the Christmas Tree Farm destruction in Hawkwell?[/p][/quote]You'll need the smelling salts....especially when the wind is blowing westwards. The close proximity of the Sewage works amazes me that a pub and domestic housing and a Hospice is being approved for an industrial site. Always knew that area as "Pooh Corner"...and rightly so. I don't think anyone would spend £400,000 on a house that close to a sewage treatment works. So I would go with affordable housing. (whatever that actually means these days) the citizen
  • Score: 4

7:58pm Thu 27 Mar 14

jayman says...

as bad ideas go... This one has to be up there with the worst...

sewage works, railway line, congested road.

and what's with the inclusion of Southend airport on the map? I know the echo have an airport related quota to fill but !!really!!
as bad ideas go... This one has to be up there with the worst... sewage works, railway line, congested road. and what's with the inclusion of Southend airport on the map? I know the echo have an airport related quota to fill but !!really!! jayman
  • Score: -4

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