Architects APS to discuss changing plans for "floating" restaurant in Western Esplanade, Westcliff

"Floating" restaurant planned for Southend seafront could be scaled back

"Floating" restaurant planned for Southend seafront could be scaled back

"Floating" restaurant planned for Southend seafront could be scaled back

First published in News

AN architect has agreed to consider scaling back plans for a “floating” restaurant on Southend seafront after councillors rejected the design over its size.

APS Design Associates will discuss changing its plans to transform the single-storey KJ’s cafe near the Genting Club in Western Esplanade, Westcliff, intoamodern restaurant projecting over the foreshore, to give the impression it is floating when the tide is in.

Southend Council voted 13 to three to refuse the modern restaurant, over fears it would block sea views, but planning officers offered to discuss the design with the architect.

Paul Seager, director at the Southend-based firm, said: “They want to chat to us about reducing the scale, but, in general, the responses of the councillors were relatively favourable.

“We will be happy to discuss a way to move forward with it, but in light of planning officers’ appraisal of the plans, we want them to consider the councillors’ positive comments.”

The restaurant, which would have an open-air upper deck and terrace, sparked lively debate with several councillors praising its design.

A resident of Alexandra Road, who asked not to be named, spoke against the plan, calling for the seafront’s character to be preserved.

He said: “The application we object to today is one of a number of examples of modern buildings being put up to replace old character kiosks.

“I know some of them are looking a little tired, but they only need a bit of TLC to bring them back to their former glory.”

Conservative councillor for Chalkwell Stephen Habermel said: “I would certainly be against the roof terrace.

“The footprint is probably going to double in size.”

Fellow Tory Chalkwell coucnillor Ian Robertson said: “This is an imaginative design, well thought through, but it’s in the wrong place."

Brian Ayling, Independent councillor for St Luke’s, said: “As we develop our glorious seafront, we need developments like this.”

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3:29pm Fri 7 Feb 14

the25man says...

If at first you don't succeed try try again
If at first you don't succeed try try again the25man
  • Score: 1

3:46pm Fri 7 Feb 14

jolllyboy says...

This shouldnt happen. We go to see the sea not yet another feeding hole. So do tourists.
This shouldnt happen. We go to see the sea not yet another feeding hole. So do tourists. jolllyboy
  • Score: 1

4:24pm Fri 7 Feb 14

mrs m boone says...

cant see a problem with it when they passed that horried coloured mass in the town now that's an eye sore
cant see a problem with it when they passed that horried coloured mass in the town now that's an eye sore mrs m boone
  • Score: 0

5:03pm Fri 7 Feb 14

John T Pharro says...

With the flooding we have been having most of the seafront restaurants will be floating.!!
With the flooding we have been having most of the seafront restaurants will be floating.!! John T Pharro
  • Score: 4

5:21pm Fri 7 Feb 14

Nebs says...

Build a long line of flats all the way along the seafront from Chalkwell to Shoebury. The money you make would remove the need for council tax bills forever as you could run the council off the interest, and they would also serve as a sea wall to prevent flooding from those once-in-a-hundred year floods that seem to happen every few years.
Build a long line of flats all the way along the seafront from Chalkwell to Shoebury. The money you make would remove the need for council tax bills forever as you could run the council off the interest, and they would also serve as a sea wall to prevent flooding from those once-in-a-hundred year floods that seem to happen every few years. Nebs
  • Score: 0

6:07pm Fri 7 Feb 14

jantone says...

I cannot see a problem creating this restaurant. Why all the fuss? It must bring more people to this part of the seafront, & obviously more jobs!!
Why are some Councillors objecting to this superb design & why prevent business people to expand int our town with great ideas?
They have to have a vision for the future of Southend, we desperately need new projects on our seafront. Brighton has dozens of eateries on their front & the Council never moans, just gives them permission to expand. Why cannot our Council move into the 21st century, & not bury their heads in the sand?
I cannot see a problem creating this restaurant. Why all the fuss? It must bring more people to this part of the seafront, & obviously more jobs!! Why are some Councillors objecting to this superb design & why prevent business people to expand int our town with great ideas? They have to have a vision for the future of Southend, we desperately need new projects on our seafront. Brighton has dozens of eateries on their front & the Council never moans, just gives them permission to expand. Why cannot our Council move into the 21st century, & not bury their heads in the sand? jantone
  • Score: -1

6:18pm Fri 7 Feb 14

Living the La Vida Legra says...

jantone wrote:
I cannot see a problem creating this restaurant. Why all the fuss? It must bring more people to this part of the seafront, & obviously more jobs!!
Why are some Councillors objecting to this superb design & why prevent business people to expand int our town with great ideas?
They have to have a vision for the future of Southend, we desperately need new projects on our seafront. Brighton has dozens of eateries on their front & the Council never moans, just gives them permission to expand. Why cannot our Council move into the 21st century, & not bury their heads in the sand?
Here here Well said!
[quote][p][bold]jantone[/bold] wrote: I cannot see a problem creating this restaurant. Why all the fuss? It must bring more people to this part of the seafront, & obviously more jobs!! Why are some Councillors objecting to this superb design & why prevent business people to expand int our town with great ideas? They have to have a vision for the future of Southend, we desperately need new projects on our seafront. Brighton has dozens of eateries on their front & the Council never moans, just gives them permission to expand. Why cannot our Council move into the 21st century, & not bury their heads in the sand?[/p][/quote]Here here Well said! Living the La Vida Legra
  • Score: -1

7:59pm Fri 7 Feb 14

mickytaker says...

In reply to Jantone,
When local residents and day trippers go to the beach they expect to sit on the beach without it being taken over by eating places, and once one Cafe gets pernmission granted ,the whole beach will be taken over by eateries Not a good idea, and then you could argue why not have a Casino and Arcades, and what about building a Tesco, all very futurisit.but Southend is
best known for its seafront and Archway Cafés giving diners the chance to enjoy a meal with a view of the sea, and Southend cannot be compared to Brightion as it a completely different set up.
In reply to Jantone, When local residents and day trippers go to the beach they expect to sit on the beach without it being taken over by eating places, and once one Cafe gets pernmission granted ,the whole beach will be taken over by eateries Not a good idea, and then you could argue why not have a Casino and Arcades, and what about building a Tesco, all very futurisit.but Southend is best known for its seafront and Archway Cafés giving diners the chance to enjoy a meal with a view of the sea, and Southend cannot be compared to Brightion as it a completely different set up. mickytaker
  • Score: 3

9:10pm Fri 7 Feb 14

John T Pharro says...

Nebs wrote:
Build a long line of flats all the way along the seafront from Chalkwell to Shoebury. The money you make would remove the need for council tax bills forever as you could run the council off the interest, and they would also serve as a sea wall to prevent flooding from those once-in-a-hundred year floods that seem to happen every few years.
I can see where you are coming from Nebs, but was it Brunel that designed the Dawlish railway (happy to stand corrected) and look what happened to that albeit after over 100 years? If the UK is to get this sort of weather as a frequent event it needs a lot of rethinking where and what is built.
[quote][p][bold]Nebs[/bold] wrote: Build a long line of flats all the way along the seafront from Chalkwell to Shoebury. The money you make would remove the need for council tax bills forever as you could run the council off the interest, and they would also serve as a sea wall to prevent flooding from those once-in-a-hundred year floods that seem to happen every few years.[/p][/quote]I can see where you are coming from Nebs, but was it Brunel that designed the Dawlish railway (happy to stand corrected) and look what happened to that albeit after over 100 years? If the UK is to get this sort of weather as a frequent event it needs a lot of rethinking where and what is built. John T Pharro
  • Score: 2

11:14am Sat 8 Feb 14

jantone says...

I am really sorry, MICKYTAKER, but i cannot possibly agree with your reply to my comments!!People do come to Southend to take in the pier, shops, Adventure Island & most importantly the cafes.. The eateries in the "Arches" are always packed out in the summer months, so what difference will another superbly designed restaurant make? It is impossible to spoil the view. I have done a survey in the high street regarding this venture, & most people i spoke to welcomed the idea. I will do my level best to make sure this restaurant will come to fruition!!!
I am really sorry, MICKYTAKER, but i cannot possibly agree with your reply to my comments!!People do come to Southend to take in the pier, shops, Adventure Island & most importantly the cafes.. The eateries in the "Arches" are always packed out in the summer months, so what difference will another superbly designed restaurant make? It is impossible to spoil the view. I have done a survey in the high street regarding this venture, & most people i spoke to welcomed the idea. I will do my level best to make sure this restaurant will come to fruition!!! jantone
  • Score: 1

9:35am Sun 9 Feb 14

mickytaker says...

Jantone I do believe you are living in a little world of your own,in the summer months when parents bring their children to the seaside its either McDonalds, KFC, or Fish & Chips,or picnics, how many people do you think can afford expensive Cafes/ Eateries, and are you sure about your survey ??.how many people did you ask??.
and you have answered your own question , in the SUMMER months the eateries are busy, what happens in the Winter months?,
Why can't we leave the beach for building sand castles NOT Restaurants.
Perhaps you could do another survey Jantone.
Jantone I do believe you are living in a little world of your own,in the summer months when parents bring their children to the seaside its either McDonalds, KFC, or Fish & Chips,or picnics, how many people do you think can afford expensive Cafes/ Eateries, and are you sure about your survey ??.how many people did you ask??. and you have answered your own question , in the SUMMER months the eateries are busy, what happens in the Winter months?, Why can't we leave the beach for building sand castles NOT Restaurants. Perhaps you could do another survey Jantone. mickytaker
  • Score: 0

1:26pm Mon 10 Feb 14

jantone says...

Sorry "mickeytaker", still cannot agree with your comments !!!!!!
The restaurants are still busy enough in t5he winter months!! We just drove down the Front this morning, & even in the rain, every cafe in the "Arches" was busy, Rossis was packed out, so explain that!! I have personally contacted the architects who are going to scale down the size of the building, so it looks like the Council will approve this in the end. In answer to your question of my surveys conducted, I asked about 60 to 70 people in Southend High Street last saturday, 90% were behind this venture, so they cannot all be wrong!!!
Sorry "mickeytaker", still cannot agree with your comments !!!!!! The restaurants are still busy enough in t5he winter months!! We just drove down the Front this morning, & even in the rain, every cafe in the "Arches" was busy, Rossis was packed out, so explain that!! I have personally contacted the architects who are going to scale down the size of the building, so it looks like the Council will approve this in the end. In answer to your question of my surveys conducted, I asked about 60 to 70 people in Southend High Street last saturday, 90% were behind this venture, so they cannot all be wrong!!! jantone
  • Score: 0

8:32pm Mon 10 Feb 14

mickytaker says...

Jantone, I live very close to the Arches and Rossi's, and take the dogs for a walk past these places three times a day and,this time of the year they are struggling for customers as you would expect,(well not you}. and you drive past, and Suprise Suprise they are all busy, and Rossis is packed.lump that together with your High Street survey,that 90% agree with you,and why do Isuspect PORKIES..
I honestly believe it will go ahead,not because Southend needs it, but Money Talks.
Jantone, I live very close to the Arches and Rossi's, and take the dogs for a walk past these places three times a day and,this time of the year they are struggling for customers as you would expect,(well not you}. and you drive past, and Suprise Suprise they are all busy, and Rossis is packed.lump that together with your High Street survey,that 90% agree with you,and why do Isuspect PORKIES.. I honestly believe it will go ahead,not because Southend needs it, but Money Talks. mickytaker
  • Score: 0

2:32pm Tue 11 Feb 14

jantone says...

Hi Mickytaker!! i am in contact with architects & they state that they are going to scale down the original plans, so therefore it should be accepted!!
You state that its only the fast food restaurants that attract the public, this is not strictly true because the more " upmarket" eateries are doing extremely well, as do the cafes in the high street. If you think about it, while the retail trade everywhere is suffering the catering trades are generally booming!!
If thats where the money is, one more restaurant opening in a prime position can only be good!! A great deal of people in Southend don't care how much they spend just to enjoy themselves!!
Hi Mickytaker!! i am in contact with architects & they state that they are going to scale down the original plans, so therefore it should be accepted!! You state that its only the fast food restaurants that attract the public, this is not strictly true because the more " upmarket" eateries are doing extremely well, as do the cafes in the high street. If you think about it, while the retail trade everywhere is suffering the catering trades are generally booming!! If thats where the money is, one more restaurant opening in a prime position can only be good!! A great deal of people in Southend don't care how much they spend just to enjoy themselves!! jantone
  • Score: 0

8:54pm Tue 11 Feb 14

mickytaker says...

Hi Jantone,
Actually I said its the fast food eating places that attract the majority of day trippers and locals,
Yes of course I agree with you that eating out in a nice restaurant is very enjoyable, but the argument here is that I do not think that a restaurant should it be on the beach, I think beaches are for people to relax and kids to play.
Yes open them up in every empty shop in the High Street and I have no objection, and just as a matter of interest Southend has over 300 restaurants anyway., however if I were a property developer I would definately think twice about building on the sea front in our weather climate floods etc,
Hi Jantone, Actually I said its the fast food eating places that attract the majority of day trippers and locals, Yes of course I agree with you that eating out in a nice restaurant is very enjoyable, but the argument here is that I do not think that a restaurant should it be on the beach, I think beaches are for people to relax and kids to play. Yes open them up in every empty shop in the High Street and I have no objection, and just as a matter of interest Southend has over 300 restaurants anyway., however if I were a property developer I would definately think twice about building on the sea front in our weather climate floods etc, mickytaker
  • Score: 0

7:28pm Thu 13 Feb 14

jantone says...

Hi Mickytaker!! I agree with your comments!! But at the end of the day, if this man wants to open up on the front, I for one would NOT stop him. Yes, I agree that there are hundreds of eateries around our town but most of them do very well, as i'm sure this one will do equally as well!!
I for one would love to eat there, as long as its not too pricey!!
I have enjoyed your comments, but don't agree with all of them, let's just say that we agree to differ!!
Hi Mickytaker!! I agree with your comments!! But at the end of the day, if this man wants to open up on the front, I for one would NOT stop him. Yes, I agree that there are hundreds of eateries around our town but most of them do very well, as i'm sure this one will do equally as well!! I for one would love to eat there, as long as its not too pricey!! I have enjoyed your comments, but don't agree with all of them, let's just say that we agree to differ!! jantone
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