Balmoral Hotel set to become flats

Paul Seager, director of APS Designs Associates, outside the hotel

Paul Seager, director of APS Designs Associates, outside the hotel

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NEW plans to bring Westcliff’s empty and rundown Balmoral Hotel, back into use have been revealed by the man who bought it earlier this year.

Daniel Nyman, of Inconstruction Services bought the Valkyrie Road building in March and has now announced plans to convert it into 22 flats.

A series of attempts to get permission to use the building as flats, bedsits or a nursing home have failed in the three years it has been empty.

However, Mr Nyman says he has high hopes Southend council will back his £880,000 bid to convert the hotel into a mixture of luxury and affordable flats.

Southend architects’ practice APS Designs Associates says the proposal would fit in with several regeneration projects along the road.

APS director Paul Seager explained: “This would make a massive difference to the regeneration of the area and will give it a huge lift. We are hopeful of getting planning permission. Work will start immediately if we get it.

“It will bring several more flats into the market, which are very much in demand.”

Other regeneration projects in Valkryie Road include turning a former snooker hall into a health centre and building a new doctor’s surgery on the corner of Canewdon Road.

Southend Standard:

Images supplied by APS show what the hotel would look like redeveloped

 

The hotel’s previous owner was given planning permission to build 25 flats last year, a plan which involved demolishing the building.

Mr Nyman’s company wants to keep the existing building, refurbishing it and extending it at the back.

Mr Seager said: “Particular care has been taken to retain a similar design to that of the previously approved scheme.”

The new plan would create 19 one, two, and three-bedroom flats for sale, plus three affordable homes.

Southend Council’s development control committee is due to consider the plans on September 10.

Mr Nyman said: “A lot of developers want to squeeze in as many apartments as they can.

“These certainly won’t be shoeboxes.

There will be a mixture of affordable and nice, luxury, apartments.”

 

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7:02am Wed 27 Aug 14

sesibollox says...

It'll certainly bring new blood to this run down area..
It'll certainly bring new blood to this run down area.. sesibollox
  • Score: 6

7:20am Wed 27 Aug 14

Now listen for I have something to say says...

Whilst in essence these flats are needed, the parking provisions, as so often seem rather inadequate.
Six spaces for 22 residents ? perhaps more will see yet more congestion in an already overpopulated area, leading to stricter parking measures affecting everybody.
Whilst in essence these flats are needed, the parking provisions, as so often seem rather inadequate. Six spaces for 22 residents ? perhaps more will see yet more congestion in an already overpopulated area, leading to stricter parking measures affecting everybody. Now listen for I have something to say
  • Score: 7

7:33am Wed 27 Aug 14

Saxonpride says...

Looks pretty uninspiring. Boring design, muted colours, architecture ain't what it used to be.
Looks pretty uninspiring. Boring design, muted colours, architecture ain't what it used to be. Saxonpride
  • Score: -2

7:40am Wed 27 Aug 14

Now listen for I have something to say says...

Saxonpride wrote:
Looks pretty uninspiring. Boring design, muted colours, architecture ain't what it used to be.
I'm afraid the Taj Mahal themed design wasn't in keeping with the legal requirements, though I forgive you for your misguided opinion.
[quote][p][bold]Saxonpride[/bold] wrote: Looks pretty uninspiring. Boring design, muted colours, architecture ain't what it used to be.[/p][/quote]I'm afraid the Taj Mahal themed design wasn't in keeping with the legal requirements, though I forgive you for your misguided opinion. Now listen for I have something to say
  • Score: 7

7:52am Wed 27 Aug 14

VeteranOfMany says...

Unless the prospective residents are non car owners, this will be the death knell, without adequate parking provisions.
It's all well and good dreaming up a scheme to pack 'em in and earn a tidy profit but without parking, the dream goes sour, though having spent three quarters of a million pounds, makes you wonder if the council have already given the nod of approval ?
Unless the prospective residents are non car owners, this will be the death knell, without adequate parking provisions. It's all well and good dreaming up a scheme to pack 'em in and earn a tidy profit but without parking, the dream goes sour, though having spent three quarters of a million pounds, makes you wonder if the council have already given the nod of approval ? VeteranOfMany
  • Score: 6

8:18am Wed 27 Aug 14

Gaz Michaels says...

Now listen for I have something to say wrote:
Whilst in essence these flats are needed, the parking provisions, as so often seem rather inadequate.
Six spaces for 22 residents ? perhaps more will see yet more congestion in an already overpopulated area, leading to stricter parking measures affecting everybody.
Where do you get 6 parking spaces from? On the video, I counted 21; 9 out front and 12 round the back.
[quote][p][bold]Now listen for I have something to say[/bold] wrote: Whilst in essence these flats are needed, the parking provisions, as so often seem rather inadequate. Six spaces for 22 residents ? perhaps more will see yet more congestion in an already overpopulated area, leading to stricter parking measures affecting everybody.[/p][/quote]Where do you get 6 parking spaces from? On the video, I counted 21; 9 out front and 12 round the back. Gaz Michaels
  • Score: 7

8:27am Wed 27 Aug 14

VeteranOfMany says...

Gaz Michaels wrote:
Now listen for I have something to say wrote:
Whilst in essence these flats are needed, the parking provisions, as so often seem rather inadequate.
Six spaces for 22 residents ? perhaps more will see yet more congestion in an already overpopulated area, leading to stricter parking measures affecting everybody.
Where do you get 6 parking spaces from? On the video, I counted 21; 9 out front and 12 round the back.
Think you'll find that the car parking out the back are communal to other people not living within this newly refurbished complex.
Dare I say a clever marketing ploy, as the parking behind is already being used by other people, living nearby
[quote][p][bold]Gaz Michaels[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Now listen for I have something to say[/bold] wrote: Whilst in essence these flats are needed, the parking provisions, as so often seem rather inadequate. Six spaces for 22 residents ? perhaps more will see yet more congestion in an already overpopulated area, leading to stricter parking measures affecting everybody.[/p][/quote]Where do you get 6 parking spaces from? On the video, I counted 21; 9 out front and 12 round the back.[/p][/quote]Think you'll find that the car parking out the back are communal to other people not living within this newly refurbished complex. Dare I say a clever marketing ploy, as the parking behind is already being used by other people, living nearby VeteranOfMany
  • Score: -1

9:38am Wed 27 Aug 14

Howard Cháse says...

Ten bob says this redevelopment is finished before The Grand.....
Ten bob says this redevelopment is finished before The Grand..... Howard Cháse
  • Score: 5

12:03pm Wed 27 Aug 14

sesibollox says...

Howard Cháse wrote:
Ten bob says this redevelopment is finished before The Grand.....
And funny enough neither will be...Grand
[quote][p][bold]Howard Cháse[/bold] wrote: Ten bob says this redevelopment is finished before The Grand.....[/p][/quote]And funny enough neither will be...Grand sesibollox
  • Score: -1

12:31pm Wed 27 Aug 14

smiffy1980 says...

So - if you have the money to buy a "luxury flat" - im pretty certain you wouldn't buy on that Road............Woul
d you???

The area needs something, but luxury flats....I think not..
So - if you have the money to buy a "luxury flat" - im pretty certain you wouldn't buy on that Road............Woul d you??? The area needs something, but luxury flats....I think not.. smiffy1980
  • Score: 1

1:16pm Wed 27 Aug 14

Keptquiettillnow says...

Saxonpride wrote:
Looks pretty uninspiring. Boring design, muted colours, architecture ain't what it used to be.
Will match in well with the Doctors Surgery
[quote][p][bold]Saxonpride[/bold] wrote: Looks pretty uninspiring. Boring design, muted colours, architecture ain't what it used to be.[/p][/quote]Will match in well with the Doctors Surgery Keptquiettillnow
  • Score: 5

1:21pm Wed 27 Aug 14

MarcelloM says...

Now listen for I have something to say wrote:
Whilst in essence these flats are needed, the parking provisions, as so often seem rather inadequate.
Six spaces for 22 residents ? perhaps more will see yet more congestion in an already overpopulated area, leading to stricter parking measures affecting everybody.
In the video you can clearly see NINE spaces in front of the building, as well as an arch giving access to rear parking with a further TWELVE spaces.

It's great to see developers haven't written off Westcliff yet. Between the bedsits and crackdens the area has so much potential.
[quote][p][bold]Now listen for I have something to say[/bold] wrote: Whilst in essence these flats are needed, the parking provisions, as so often seem rather inadequate. Six spaces for 22 residents ? perhaps more will see yet more congestion in an already overpopulated area, leading to stricter parking measures affecting everybody.[/p][/quote]In the video you can clearly see NINE spaces in front of the building, as well as an arch giving access to rear parking with a further TWELVE spaces. It's great to see developers haven't written off Westcliff yet. Between the bedsits and crackdens the area has so much potential. MarcelloM
  • Score: 9

8:12am Thu 28 Aug 14

pembury53 says...

there may be a slight contradiction between 'luxury flats' and valkyrie road.....
there may be a slight contradiction between 'luxury flats' and valkyrie road..... pembury53
  • Score: 1

5:59pm Fri 29 Aug 14

wælcyrge says...

I welcome this proposal - the proposed flats are on the small side, but decent, and certainly better than some of the earlier proposals for this site. Details of the proposal can be found on the the wesbite: http://publicedrms.s
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00914/FULM - here, 22 parking spaces are indicated...
I welcome this proposal - the proposed flats are on the small side, but decent, and certainly better than some of the earlier proposals for this site. Details of the proposal can be found on the the wesbite: http://publicedrms.s outhend.gov.uk/Plann ing/lg/dialog.page?P aram=lg.Planning&org .apache.shale.dialog .DIALOG_NAME=gfplann ingsearch&viewdocs=t rue&SDescription=14/ 00914/FULM - here, 22 parking spaces are indicated... wælcyrge
  • Score: 0
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