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Disused Westcliff hotel to be turned into flats
2:00pm Wednesday 13th March 2013 in News
A DISUSED hotel will finally be redeveloped, more than two years after it fell empty.
Southend Council has rubber-stamped plans to bulldoze the Balmoral Hotel, in Valkyrie Road, Westcliff, and rebuild it as 25 flats.
The proposals are the fourth idea suggested for the building, which has been dogged by controversy since it closed down in 2011.
Paul Seager, director of architects ACS Design, which drew up the plans on behalf of owner Sinclair Brown, said he was pleased permission had been granted.
He added: “It has been a long time coming, but the important thing now is that we know what the future of the Balmoral will be.
“The owners will now either sell the property to a developer or develop it themselves.
“We have had expressions of interest already, so now we have full permission we will be able to press ahead with this as soon as possible.”