Pang family bid to expand Southend property empire

Echo's expose in 2009

Echo's expose in 2009

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A FAMILY of landlords with a string of properties across Southend are fighting to expand their empire by developing flats above a former takeaway.

The Pang family, who have come in for criticism over the condition of several of their properties rented out to homeless people and mental health patients across the town, want to turn former offices in Prince Avenue, Southend, back into two self-contained flats.

The offices, above the Favorite Chicken & Ribs takeaway, were previously flats, but converted into offices in the Eighties without planning permission when the whole property was owned by Kefco, a franachise group which runs Kentucky Fried Chicken stores across Essex.

Peter Pang, of Southchurch Road, Southend, has made a number of applications to return the vacant offices to the original condition, but two previous applications since last June have been refused.

Echo: Hon Shu Pang

Chequered past: Hon Shu Pang

The latest application, made this month, is under consideration by Southend Council.

In 2009, an Echo investigation exposed deteriorating conditions in several rented properties owned by the family in Marine Parade, Heygate Avenue, York Road and Southchurch Road, all in Southend.

Echo:

EXPOSED: How Echo reported on the Pang properties in 2009

Southend Council looked to take court action, but later withdrew legal proceedings after head of the family Hon Shu Pang, from Southchurch Road, agreed to hand over control of their three biggest properties to a letting agent approved by the authority.

However, the family still manage several smaller flats and converted houses around the town.

Echo: Ron Woodley, Independent councillor for Thorpe Bay, outside Southend High School for Girls

Concerned: Ron Woodley

Ron Woodley, Independent Thorpe ward councillor, who previously raised concerns about conditions in the family’s properties, said: “If these flats are approved, I hope the Pangs have learned some lessons from the past and are now proposing to provide suitable accommodation and that council officers will be making the necessary inspections.”

 

Mr Pang has insisted in his application that all planning and building control requirements will be met with the development.

He has previously said the family is working to improve the standards of their homes.

However, the family have not signed up to a code of conduct created by the South East Essex Alliance of Landlords.

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3:18pm Mon 2 Jun 14

pendulum says...

Peter Pang has aged well...
Peter Pang has aged well... pendulum
  • Score: 9

3:48pm Mon 2 Jun 14

pussycats says...

Pang out of order!
Pang out of order! pussycats
  • Score: 16

4:07pm Mon 2 Jun 14

arram says...

if the family have not signed the code of practice...then the answer from the Council..is no deal....a leopard does not change its spots...
if the family have not signed the code of practice...then the answer from the Council..is no deal....a leopard does not change its spots... arram
  • Score: 29

4:22pm Mon 2 Jun 14

sosad 1 says...

some of these council officals must be taking kickbacks!
some of these council officals must be taking kickbacks! sosad 1
  • Score: 17

7:20pm Mon 2 Jun 14

Nowthatsworthknowing says...

The Pang family will now probably sue this paper for libel and deformation...
The Pang family will now probably sue this paper for libel and deformation... Nowthatsworthknowing
  • Score: -2

7:31am Tue 3 Jun 14

John Right says...

He provides a roof over lots of heads, nominate him for a medal.
He provides a roof over lots of heads, nominate him for a medal. John Right
  • Score: -3

1:25pm Tue 3 Jun 14

ROBOTS' REBELLION says...

Greed, greed, greed, greed and more greed. But then again we are Greed Britain. No one should own more than two properties and no one should own a business that employs more than ten people. That way there would plenty more to round for everybody else.
Greed, greed, greed, greed and more greed. But then again we are Greed Britain. No one should own more than two properties and no one should own a business that employs more than ten people. That way there would plenty more to round for everybody else. ROBOTS' REBELLION
  • Score: -3

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