180 Ekco site homes

Southend Standard: Ted Lewin in front of the site Bellway Homes has earmarked for homes Ted Lewin in front of the site Bellway Homes has earmarked for homes

MORE than 100 homes and an office block are planned for a prime piece of land in the heart of Southend, the Echo can reveal.

Plans are yet to be finalised, but the Echo understands Bellway Homes wants to build between 150 and 180 new homes on the former Prittlebrook Industrial Estate, in Priory Crescent – one of the largest available sites in the borough.

An office block has been added to the scheme, which looks set to include a new 16-bed Havens hospice, after Southend Council officers raised concerns over the loss of land for employment.

Nearby residents in Thornford Gardens and Manners Way, and the neighbouring Ekco Sports and Social Club, have welcomed the planned redevelopment of the derelict site.

Ted Lewin, Lib Dem councillor for St Laurence, said: “They welcome the development there and they welcome Havens Hospice.

“It’s a good news story because people have been concerned about it being empty and about what might go there.

“A lot of people feared it might become a new industrial estate.”

The Echo understands no affordable housing is planned for the site, with Bellway Homes planning only “high-quality” homes.

The housebuilder, which would have to pay for social housing to be built elsewhere, originally wanted to only build homes on the 20-acre site, owned by insurer Aviva.

However, Southend Council planning officers warned the firm that councillors were likely to reject a homes-only plan for the former site of Southend electronics firm Ekco, as the site has been used for employment since the Thirties. John Lamb, Southend councillor responsible for regeneration, has previously called for a new business park on the land, which is close to Southend Airport and the A127.

The firm has included an office block, expected to face on to Priory Crescent, to allay council concerns.

Aviva also owns the Ekco Sports and Social Club, off Thornford Gardens, which has more than 1,500 members, but the Echo understands the club will be saved from redevelopment.

Martin Terry, chairman of the Ekco Whitecaps Football Club, which uses the ground, said: “I’m absolutely delighted the council and developer have realised this ground needs to be protected.

“We are happy to have Bellway Homes and the hospice as neighbours, and hopefullywe can move forward with stability.”

However, concerns have been raised over the location of the entrance to a new 150-home estate.

Priory Crescent is already overburdened with traffic from Shoebury and the planned football stadium and shopping complex at Fossetts Farm is likely to create more.

There are also concerns Thorndale Gardens may be to too small to accommodate high volumes of traffic.

A spokeswoman for Bellway Homes said: “Bellway Homes are currently in discussion with Southend Council and Havens Hospices with a view to progressing a development plan for the site.

“Negotiations are continuing."

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9:55am Tue 28 Jan 14

w-jback says...

Seriously, the last thing we need in Southend is an "Industrial Park" or "Office Block" for so many reasons, including the many empty premises already around, the proposed Industrial parks at Aviation Way and that in reality Office blocks are a thing of the past. Yes its good the council are thinking about employment needs but they need to take a different view, invest more in the Seafront and Pier and tourism and leisure, don't make the same mistakes of the past.
Seriously, the last thing we need in Southend is an "Industrial Park" or "Office Block" for so many reasons, including the many empty premises already around, the proposed Industrial parks at Aviation Way and that in reality Office blocks are a thing of the past. Yes its good the council are thinking about employment needs but they need to take a different view, invest more in the Seafront and Pier and tourism and leisure, don't make the same mistakes of the past. w-jback
  • Score: 9

11:16am Tue 28 Jan 14

Howard Cháse says...

Good use of a brownfield site.

Please contact messrs Ball Blake Buckley and pals at Basildon Council and tell them how it's done.....
Good use of a brownfield site. Please contact messrs Ball Blake Buckley and pals at Basildon Council and tell them how it's done..... Howard Cháse
  • Score: 3

12:05pm Tue 28 Jan 14

scrounger‎ says...

We have just got rid of an office block at the old gas works site and if anybody did by chance still want one there is an empty one going spare at Southchurch Road now that Lloyds Bank have moved out.
We have just got rid of an office block at the old gas works site and if anybody did by chance still want one there is an empty one going spare at Southchurch Road now that Lloyds Bank have moved out. scrounger‎
  • Score: 6

3:08pm Tue 28 Jan 14

heartbeat says...

Isn't it a bit smelly around there, or has that been sorted out now?
Isn't it a bit smelly around there, or has that been sorted out now? heartbeat
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3:14pm Tue 28 Jan 14

RochfordRob says...

heartbeat wrote:
Isn't it a bit smelly around there, or has that been sorted out now?
Not any more, the tree huggers and soap dodgers all left Camp Bling years ago.
[quote][p][bold]heartbeat[/bold] wrote: Isn't it a bit smelly around there, or has that been sorted out now?[/p][/quote]Not any more, the tree huggers and soap dodgers all left Camp Bling years ago. RochfordRob
  • Score: 2

6:25pm Tue 28 Jan 14

Southchurchjon says...

What is the definition do a "high quality home"?
What is the definition do a "high quality home"? Southchurchjon
  • Score: 0

7:01pm Tue 28 Jan 14

kensbowling says...

Its not Thorndale Gardens its Thornford Gardens.
Its not Thorndale Gardens its Thornford Gardens. kensbowling
  • Score: 1

8:57pm Tue 28 Jan 14

keepitreal says...

Houses have 40 % smell discount
Houses have 40 % smell discount keepitreal
  • Score: -1

10:20pm Tue 28 Jan 14

Letmetryagain says...

If they do put an office block in, I hope they have a car park big enough for everyone who works there.
If they do put an office block in, I hope they have a car park big enough for everyone who works there. Letmetryagain
  • Score: 2

10:41pm Tue 28 Jan 14

Letmetryagain says...

I must be missing something here.

What is the involvement with Havens Hospice ?
I must be missing something here. What is the involvement with Havens Hospice ? Letmetryagain
  • Score: 1

10:18am Wed 29 Jan 14

pembury53 says...

Southchurchjon wrote:
What is the definition do a "high quality home"?
anything most punters can't afford......
[quote][p][bold]Southchurchjon[/bold] wrote: What is the definition do a "high quality home"?[/p][/quote]anything most punters can't afford...... pembury53
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